CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
We were unable to resume Church School in September due to flooding in the Church School area. The renovations and changes to the basement are going to take some time to repair, so we are moving Sunday Church School to the Lower Sutherland Hall area for now.
We have had feedback from parents requesting a week day to provide an alternative time for children to attend Church School !
Beginning Tuesday, October 17th, an afterschool Church School program will be introduced to All Saints' youth and their invited friends! Drop by Sutherland Hall anytime after 3 p.m. There will be a healthy snack provided after 3:30 ; a brief Bible Lesson, activities and a craft. Parents/caregivers, are welcomed to stay for a coffee and snack, too! Pick up time is anytime before 5 p.m. It would be appreciated if you can let me know ahead of the day, if your child will be in attendance.
We hope that this alternative day will offer those families an opportunity for their children to hear God's word and learn of His Love for His people.
On Tuesdays the lessons are based on the Gospel Lesson from our previous Sunday.
Sunday Church school will be provided, whenever a teacher is available, the lesson will be in Lower Sutherland Hall.
the children will walk to the church for communion with their parents,
and remain in the church till the end of the
NOVEMBER (Tuesdays Church School drop-in after 3 p.m. Sutherland Hall on: 07th, 14th, 21st, 28th)
· 05 - FAMILY SERVICE - Remembrance Day Service - children participate in service
· 12 - 23rd Sunday after Pentecost - drop children off in hall before service
· 19 - 24th Sunday after Pentecost - drop children off in hall before service
· 24 - P.A. FUN FRIDAY - Advent Theme: 8:30 - 4 p.m. see Youth Report for details
· 26 - 25th Sunday after Pentecost - drop children off in hall before service
DECEMBER (Tuesdays Church School drop-in after 3 p.m. Sutherland Hall on: 05th, 12th, 19th only )
· 03 - FAMILY SERVICE - 1st Sunday in Advent
· 08 - Christmas Family Dinner held at Sutherland Hall (see newsletter for details)
· 10 - 2nd Sun. in Advent - drop children off in hall before service
· 17 - 3rd Sun. in Advent - drop children off in hall before service
· 24 - 4th Sun. in Advent Christmas Eve Day 3:30 Gather at the Manger; 7 p.m. Service with older youth participation
· 25 - Monday Christmas Day 10 a.m. Service - no church school
SHIRLEY S & JOY S
All Saints’ Church School – Join us for: singing, stories, activities, crafts, and fun with friends.
After our October 1st Family Service, the youth had an outing to Sand Hill Nursery where they took in all the activities that were offered there! Pumpkin picking and decorating, creating masks, petting zoo, finding their way through a maze, picture taking, and picking out gourds to take home,
On Friday, October 6th, we had our first P.A. FUN FRIDAY of the school year. As you can see by our photos, we had an eventful day of activities ! We began with learning about God creating the Universe and our world ! The youth created a picture of each day of creation as they heard from our Sparks Bible.
We learned about Sharing and caring for others, learning the Story of Stone Soup, by acting out the part of the villagers sharing with what they had of their harvest, making Stone soup to share at lunch! Thank you Lexi for your assistance in the morning!
During lunch, Ravyn and her grandmother came by with their pet dogs, which delighted the children! After lunch we made and decorated cupcakes to share. Learned about all God's creatures, large and small, Creating bees, leaf crafts, and danced to music upstairs!
Our next P.A. FUN FRIDAY will be Friday, November 24th an Advent Theme special crafts for the a.m. Games, activities. All Friends are Welcome to attend. Permission form to be handed in by November 12th.
In the afternoon we will walk to Nutty Chocolatier for a treat, then on to the Library for an interesting craft with Julie ! Remember to register early at the office, or let me know in advance. Bring own lunch.
Pick up on that day will be at 4 p.m. at the Library. ALL FRIENDS ARE WELCOMED a cost of $12 Thanks offering would be appreciated. + + +
Again this year IN DECEMBER the children will be asked to assist weekly with the lighting of the Advent Wreath, and present a Tableau of the Christmas Story TBA (as was presented last year). If your children wish to participate, please let either Joy, Shirley, the office or Dawn know early in November.
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We are presently using the curriculum "Seasons of the Spirit". The lectionary based lessons enable children and parents to discuss the stories that they both have heard that morning.
The Church School follows the curriculum from September to the end of June. In the summer, there is a multi-age program for the children, many of whom are visitors. The lessons in the summer are the favourite Bible stories.
The Church School has co-coordinators, supported by a very capable and enthusiastic group of teachers. We also have a group of people who are “Friends of the Church School". These people make up “teams” that are responsible for one specific class - others help in administration and in creative and consultative capacities. We look to our Rector, Dawn Henderson, for spiritual and visionary direction. Sarah Spring, All Saints' music director, provides support in our music.
We have set up a Toddler program for ages 1to 3. The program has been equipped with toddlers in mind, & presents themes of important Bible Stories and events in the Church year.
The Church School resources include, a variety of craft materials, costumes, books, videos, tapes, toys, bible story kits, and musical instruments. Our books and videos have been catalogued, ready for sharing from our Church School library.
The Church School participates, with pageants, dramas, and special celebrations, on the church festival days such as All Saints’ Day, Christmas, Epiphany, Palm Sunday, Easter and Pentecost. Many of these have become annual traditions, and are built on each year.
The Church School children are active participants in the “Family” services with the older children reading, sharing the “Prayers of the People”, and the Youth Band providing the music.
The Church School has been involved in several outreach initiatives - Teddy Bears for the Ambulance services, children's books for Great Beginnings, sending Guatemalan children to camp, contributions to the Food Bank and the H.P.S. breakfast club.
The Church School communicates with the parents and children through notices in the Parish News, phone arounds and or mailings & e-mail for special events, and a Church School brochure. We have connections with other committees at All Saints’. The ACW and Fellowship and other “friends of the Church School” help us with various functions.
The Junior Acolyte Guild is wonderful transition for the church school children to become part of the ministry of worship. The JAGs are presenters, gospel bearers, torch bearers, and crucifers. Some of the older children, partnering with an adult are sidespersons.
The Church School is continually evolving and changing according to the needs of the children and the parish. Watch for updates on this website!