Face PaintingSunday Church School

Sunday Church school is offered for children each week. Upon arriving at church, the children go directly downstairs to the Church School room, and remain in the children’s program until the Eucharist when they join with their parents to receive communion. Children are encouraged to participate in the life and worship of the church. St. Mark’s is currently using a lectionary-based Lutheran curriculum, called “Whirl.”

Vacation Bible School

In recent years, a Vacation Bible School has been co-hosted at our local Presbyterian church.

News from the Sunday School (November 2015)

There has been a Whirl of excitement in the Sunday School these past two months! We have started a brand new program called ‘Whirl.’ Each week the students will focus on the same Bible passage as the Lectionary read-ings. This will allow families to connect with both the service upstairs and Sunday School downstairs. The lessons include songs, games, a video, the Bible story and a leaflet of activities. The leaflet also has daily activities to be shared at home as a family and a place to record the names of people that the family is praying for each week. It has been wonderful to watch the students engaging with God’s word on a weekly basis. Although our numbers may be small, I believe that this ministry is vital to our congregation. After all, the children are the future of our church. I am very pleased to welcome Adrienne Perry to our teaching staff and to welcome back Laureen Hilderley as Sunday School teachers this year. It is nice to work as a team. I must also say a big thank you to the list of people who have signed up to help with Sunday School. If you are on the helper list and I haven’t contacted you yet…. don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten and I will be contacting you shortly. We need to have two adults there each week and it is always nice to have new helpers working with us. At present, our attendance has fluctuated between 2 and 5 children each week. One week in October there were five little boys – what a blessing they all were to have in class! We are busy as we learn and grow together. We are always looking for extra teachers and/or helpers so please feel free to contact me if this is an area in which you feel called to work. Grandparents play a key role in the lives of their grandchildren and we are happy to have visitors anytime. If you know that you will be having little folks around a certain week please let me know and I will make sure that we are ready but always feel free to just bring them downstairs to class! I look forward to a wonderful year ahead for all of us from the youngest to the youngest at heart! Blessings, Jennifer Gilchrist