Our Sunday School takes place at the same time as worship, 10 a.m. each Sunday. All children ages three through seventh grade are welcome to participate whether they are regular attendees or not. The children sit with their families for the beginning of the worship service, are called to the front of the sanctuary to join the pastor for a children's sermon and then are dismissed to their classes.
For the past several years, we have been using a new Sunday School curriculum assembled for us by one of our members who also serves as a Sunday School coordinator and teaches Sunday School. These lesson materials are designed to take our children through many of the best known Bible stories in a two year cycle. This curriculum ensures that our children are exposed to these important lessons, but it does not follow the common lectionary, the source for the scripture readings in worship each week. Because both the children's bulletins distributed at the door each Sunday and the children's sermon were drawn from the common lectionary, this resulted in a disconnect between what the children heard in the children's sermon and the lesson presented when they were dismissed to their classes. Beginning in the fall of 2018, the children's sermon leads into the Bible story that is being presented as part of the Sunday School lesson that day. And the children's bulletins also reflect the Sunday School lesson. The children are dismissed to their classes before the first scripture reading in the sanctuary and return to the sanctuary at the end of the hymn following the sermon. While this shortens the instructional time in Sunday School, it is hoped that having the children return to the sanctuary will give them greater exposure to the liturgy, including the offertory and prayers.