Sundays, 9:15 – 9:55 am
The Loft at St. Peter’s Church
All children who have had some experience in a group setting (e.g., pre-school or elementary school) are invited to participate. We are located in the “Loft” at the back of the St. Peter’s Parish Hall, a short walk across the mini-park behind The Cathedral of St. Andrew.
The program begins on Sunday, September 13, first Sunday following Labor Day, and continues on most Sundays until Pentecost. We attempt to begin at approximately 9:15 am to allow children attending the 8:00 am service at St. Andrew’s a chance to arrive. We conclude a few minutes before 10:00 am to allow children attending the 10:00 am service at St. Peter’s a chance to arrive to church on time.
In the class, we follow a curriculum titled “Godly Play,” which follows a Montessori-style instructional methodology. The children are told a brief, bible-based story and then invited to work with art materials or items from the story. We conclude the morning session with a “feast” (actually a light snack) after sharing a small prayer of thanksgiving.
Lessons for October
October 11 – The 10 Best Ways to Live
Today in the Loft, we will hear the story of the 10 Best Ways to Live. We will talk about how hard they are to keep all the time but that God asks us to try. The first four are about how to Love God while the last six are ways to help people love one another. The middle one, “Remember the Sabbath”, is a bridge between Loving God and Loving People.
October 18 – The 10 Best Ways to Live continued….
The 10 Best Ways are found in the Old Testament and were given to Moses, but Jesus simplified what we are called to do in the New Testament. Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” We will use our work time to explore how we can keep these two commandments.
October 25 – The Ark and the Tent
After Moses received the tablets of the commandments (the 10 Best Ways to Live) God’s people created a special container to protect them. We call that container “the ark of the covenant”. The ark was set in the sacred tent of meeting. They carried the tent and ark wherever they journeyed and believed that God’s presence was to be encountered there.
Please feel free to contact Beth Young if you have any questions. You are also welcome to sit at the side of the room to observe if you would like to see the group “in action.”