Looking to Fall Update
While we have in-person worship along with the continuation of live-streaming online worship participation, we are still not back to our familiar Sunday School in the church building. We continually assess ongoing restrictions and precautions and will continue to provide Sunday School at Home materials.
Opening Time at Home
Your children may know songs they learned at Sunday School or VBS. Singing is an important way to start a learning time because it is fun, engaging and uses people’s gifts together. Prayers can be shared in creative ways as well, depending on the age of your children. Here we have a link to some familiar songs that can be used for your Sunday School opening. You can watch any of our church videos for worship, special events or Sunday School on our Youtube channel. www.youtube.com/timothystl
Sunday School Materials
Here is the link to our weekly activities and lessons:
Link to Sunday School Curriculum - Google Drive
When you navigate to the drive you see a file with the upcoming Sunday's date.
Working the Lesson at Home
As you get into each lesson you may find supply lists and other lesson prep that you don’t have in your home. That is okay! When you look through the lesson, feel free to cross out items that don’t work for you. Take advantage of what does work. Feel free to add or change a suggested item to something you have.
You are also encouraged to take advantage of your parenting knowledge of your children. If they like to draw and color, make that activity a bigger part of the lesson. If they like to act out the story or engage in a puppet show, you can use that to tell the story. There may be parts of the lesson where it is appropriate for the children to be the leader.
You may decide that it works better to do this lesson in small pieces throughout the week. If that works better for your children, please do it. The purpose is for children to discover and engage in the Bible, think about it and apply it in age appropriate ways. As much as you can talk about these things during the week, this helps make it memorable. Learning together also makes this a shared experience - and growing households of faith is the goal.
Change is an opportunity to grow
With these changes we see opportunity in the interruption of patterns and habits. We believe the church is a family of believers as children of God. The church is made up of families, and this family is the primary place where faith is nurtured. Children hear first of Jesus and the Gospel in their homes as small children. Parents tell and read to their children before they can read for themselves. During this time where COVID remains an issue, parents have the opportunity to engage in their own “Bible class” learning and leading – along with Sunday School. The first words we see in Luther’s Small Catechism are “As the head of the family should teach them in a simple way to his household.” God be with you as you spend your Sunday School hour with your children at home, and in your Bible study and devotions together. Let us all take advantage of a time where we are home more often with the people we have been charged to care for physically, emotionally and spiritually. God be with you!