A boy smiles in surprise in Sunday School
A female teacher engaged in conversation with young students in Sunday School.
A pre-teen boy smiles during Sunday School.

Church School

Weekly: Grade 3 – High School

Church School for grades 3 through high school students is offered each Sunday during the school year from 9:00 am to 10:10 am. The class sizes are small, fostering a close relationship between the teachers and students as they work together to learn more about God and the world. Classes meet in the following rooms.

  • 3rd – 5th grades: Hornets room (basement, below Fellowship Hall)
    • Teaching Teams: Jodie & Melissa Virago, Sara Burriesci & Connie Renner
  • Middle school: Rising Stars room (2nd floor, above the France Room)
    • Teachers: Debbie & Mark Davis
  • High school: Crossroads room (2nd floor, above the Library)
    • Advisors: Rob Burriesci & Susan Jaeger

Second Sunday: Age 4 – Grade 2

On the Second Sunday of the month, ages 4 through 2nd grade will have a special church school class from 10:45 – 11:30 am with Donna Dittman and Cathy Lutz in the Dragons room (upper level of education wing). Children will leave the sanctuary following the children’s message.

On the other Sundays of the month, materials will be emailed so that families can share Bible stories and conversation at home. Childcare with free play and social time is also available in the Hoppers room (basement, below Fellowship Hall) following the children’s message. Childcare for infants through 2nd grade is always available starting at 9:00 am in the Hoppers room, so parents can attend adult education if desired.

Curriculum

The curriculum for the elementary-aged children encourages learning outside the classroom by including ways for parents to talk with their children at home throughout the week. The older youths’ curriculum focuses on being able to question and to probe faith, and discuss ideas and problems in an open and safe environment. The objective of the class is to give the students tools to use in their lives as they work out what it means to be a child of God in the world today.

Mission Projects

Frequently all of the church school classes focus together on a mission project. Activities have included collecting nickels to help build a school in Nepal, bringing Christmas presents for children at the McKim Center in Baltimore City, participating in One Great Hour of Sharing, collecting food for the local food bank, making cards for our homebound members, and participating in the “Souper Bowl” Sunday promoting the end of hunger.

Music

Music is also incorporated weekly into the Church School with the Youth Choir. Children as young as three are taught songs to sing in worship and to help broaden their experiences in learning about God.