Children's Sunday School
First time at St. John the Divine? Please plan to arrive 15 - 20 minutes before Sunday school starts. When you arrive, look for the area just inside the front doors of the education building designated 'New Families Start Here'. We will greet your family and register your child for the appropriate class.
Our Sunday school program is in all ways designed to grow the faith of our children and to train them in worship from the youngest age. From the moment they walk through the door until the moment they leave, and beyond, we are dedicated to showing them that we value them and that we love them as Jesus loves them. Our children's ministry supports the whole family, and gives them tools and support to carry on building their children's faith and relationship with Jesus for the rest of the week. As a church family, we will reach out to all children and make this a church that they will want to come to for their whole lives!
For Infants through age 5
10:00 am in Rooms 113, 112, 104 (first floor hallway)
Nursery open at 8:45 am and remains open through all services
First Look is our program for babies through 5 year olds. The First Look curriculum is designed to meet your child where they are cognitively, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Every element centers on giving preschoolers a first impression of their loving heavenly Father and three basic truths:
- God Made Me
- God Loves Me
- Jesus Wants To Be My Friend Forever
Each class has introductory activities (Make It Fun) followed by large group time (Make It True) for a time of worship, prayer and hearing the Bible story. Our time together will end with age-appropriate small group review and reinforcement activities (Make It Stick).
Parent CUE materials will be sent home monthly to encourage families to continue the learning at home. We provide ideas for Play Time, Drive Time, Bath Time, Cuddle Time and Morning Time that connect what preschoolers are learning at church with what they’re hearing at home. We even have a parent CUE app for weekly videos that can be watched as a family!
2:52 in the Park
Kindergarten - Grade 5
10:00 am in the Park
2:52 is our new program for Kindergarten – 5th graders based on Luke 2:52, Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. 2:52 is designed to provoke discovery and invite kids into a new understanding of how to grow in relationship with Jesus. The curriculum focuses on three basic, but powerful, truths modeled by Jesus as a child:
- I need to make the wise choice.
- I can trust God no matter what.
- I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
We will also focus on:
- 150 Key Bible Stories
- 4 Faith Skills
- 30 Life Apps (practical applications of God’s Truth)
- Monthly focus on the Episcopal liturgy with an opportunity to worship together as a family (9:00 am only)
Growing in faith takes time and effort. We will highlight four faith skills to help kids grow in their relationship with God, and reflect how kids and families talk about faith.
- Hear: Listen to God's Words
- Pray: Dialog with God
- Talk: Articulate Your Faith
- Live: Worship with Your Life
2:52 uses three primary environments (groups, family worship experience, and home) to implement our strategy and connect kids to Jesus in a meaningful way. Both the large group and small groups will be used for worship, Bible teaching, prayer, reinforcement and discussion. These unique opportunities are creative, fun, and meaningful. Intentional relationships and community are developed in these groups.
We are strongest when families and the church are connecting together. We provide opportunities for families to worship together to open the door for conversations at home. 2:52 Home will equip parents to reinforce the Bible stories and life apps their kids are learning at church through GodTime Cards, Parent Cue cards and the Parent Cue app and blog.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Ages 3 years through Grade 3
10:00 am September-May only
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Ages 3 years through Grade 3
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach to the spiritual formation of the young child, rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children ages 3 years through 3rd grade gather in an "atrium," a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials designed specially for their use. Children are introduced to the Bible through liturgy, parables, contemplative work, and prayers.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program was created based on the following:
- God and the child have a unique relationship with one another particularly before the age of six.
- The growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult and Holy Spirit.
- Children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered at 10:00 am September - May only
4th & 5th Grade
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Our Tweens program is designed for this unique age group. We begin with "hang out" time to talk with friends old and new. A gifted team of teachers will interactively present the Bible lessons to engage them in seeing God’s word in a new light and equip them with a Biblical world view. The lessons incorporate activities for all learning style (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) and include videos, PowerPoint presentations, and skits. We build community within the class, utilizing biblical teaching as the central organizing principle.
In addition to study lessons, we incorporate a variety of service activities. It is important to reach out to others with the Love of Christ. Tweens will be invited to quarterly social events and several outreach opportunities.
We know your child’s safety is important to you and we share that concern. From our child check in system with matching parent and child security tags to ensuring that every volunteer is screened with an interview, background check, and maintains diocesan Safe Church certification, we go to great lengths to ensure that each environment is a safe and enjoyable experience for you and your child.