The mission of the Saint John’s Sunday School is to educate its children in the Episcopal tradition with an emphasis on teaching them to Know God, Know the Church, and Know the Community. Please click on the link for a more detailed description of our Mission Statement.
Our primary goal is to insure that the youngest members of our parish feel important and cared for. Our teachers are volunteers from within the church who follow a weekly curriculum that teaches pertinent stories from the Bible. We also do arts and crafts, engage the children in timely and meaningful conversations, form lasting friendships, and develop a love of helping others.
Sunday School begins with three and four-year-olds in the Pre-K class and continues through grade 5. After 5th grade children have various options including Youth Group, serving as acolytes or ushers during the church service, or simply attending church. Children are also always welcome to attend church services with their parents at any time.
We also offer a monthly Special Needs Class for children for whom traditional classes do not work. The class is generally held on the second Sunday of each month, led by a trained special education teacher. While we are not able to meet every need, we do try to accommodate all children and honor them as blessings bestowed upon us by God.
We also offer several special events surrounding the holidays. Around Christmastime, we have a visit from St. Nicholas, an Advent Wreath making workshop, and a Christmas pageant. Leading up to Easter, we have special children’s services and an egg hunt on Easter morning.
Sunday School meets every Sunday morning during the 10:00 am Service. We start at 9:45 am and the children join their families in church in time for Communion. Free nursery and toddler care is available each Sunday in dedicated rooms staffed by paid, trained adults.
The Sunday School year begins on the Sunday after Labor Day in September and ends in June. In the summer months we offer a more informal gathering for many ages on most Sundays. Children are welcome to join Sunday School at any time throughout the year. Nursery and Toddler care is offered year-round.
Alexis MacElhiney serves as the St. John’s Sunday School Director. Working with the volunteer Sunday School Leadership Team, our teachers, and parish clergy, her role is to insure the smooth running of Sunday morning classes. She is available to answer any questions and serves as resource for Sunday School parents. Feel free to contact Alexis for more information about children’s ministry.
The accompanying video captures the passion and excitement that exists for our Sunday School program. Take a look to see what it’s all about.
We look forward to having you join the St. John’s community!