God calls us to raise godly children. Sunday School is the beginning of our commitment to help you do that.
Sunday School We provide age appropriate Sunday School education when you come and worship with us. Your child will learn the faith in a safe and clean environment with kind and dedicated members of our parish. The safety of your child is our highest priority and we are very careful to select great and qualified leaders and teachers. We also provide a crying room right off the sanctuary that has a sound system so you can hear the service as well as a window so that everything can be seen
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW We use the "Saint Matthew’s Children’s Ministry" curriculum as inspired by the Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm. The curriculum seeks to highlight the grand narrative of the Bible, and to show the children that the stories in the Bible are not isolated stories, but together they weave the rich tapestry of the history of God’s people and the unfolding of the Kingdom of God on earth. It includes both Old and New Testament stories that point to and reveal Christ as the Saviour and Promised Forever King.
AGES AND SIZE OF GROUP 5 to 10 years or Kindergarten to Grade 5. Lesson plans can accommodate a small class of 2 children up to a group of 20 students.
TIME Approximately 40 minutes, during the second service. The children are excused at the announcements and return for Holy Communion
ANGLICANISM The curriculum has liturgical components such as Lighting of the Candle and a modified Prayer of Confession. However, the main body of the curriculum seeks to give the children the “bigger picture” of Scripture and God’s eternal plan in Christ. Each of the 28 lessons either point to Jesus as the Promised King, or reveal Jesus, his character, attributes and love.
RESOURCES The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm. Scripture references in the stories were taken from The Beginning Reader’s Bible, International Children’s Bible. Anglican Church in North America, To Be A Christian, An Anglican Catechism COMPONENTS OF THE CURRICULUM LESSON PLANEach of the 28 lessons have the following components: 1: Teacher’s Notes (Objectives and Catechism connections) 2: Lesson Outline (Overview of lesson time – 45 minutes) 3: Poster Discussion (Poster Picture & Poster Summary) 4: Story and Life Application 5: Response Activities (Kingdom News and other activities) and Memory Verse The Story (#4 above) is often a short drama which the children can spontaneously participate in, or they can choose to be an active observer. Easy, representational costumes for a few of the Bible characters can be quickly donned, and the lines or simple actions given to any child who volunteers. In this way, children are learning the stories by hearing, seeing, and doing!
POSTER PICTURE AND SUMMARY: Each lesson plan has a poster picture that depicts the Bible story. The lesson is introduced by looking at and talking about the poster picture. The poster summary on the back of the poster contains key elements of the lesson. These elements can serve as a script for the teacher.
CURRICULUM RESOURCES A take-home paper called the Kingdom News is available for each child to share with their family and to communicate the lesson. Coloring pages are provided and additional material.This includes liturgical and prayer elements such as Collect for Purity, Prayer of Confession, the Lord’s Prayer, and Bible Songs.