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Children's Ministries

SUNDAY SCHOOL AT ST. MARY'S CHURCH

“Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” —Matthew 19: 13-14

St. Mary’s Children’s Ministries provides nurture for babies and toddlers –newborn to age 5 in the nursery with a fully qualified nursery care provider from 9:45 to 11:30 and Sunday school classes for age 6 through 6th grade during the 10:00 am service starting at 10 am and ending at 10:40 am from September through May, as well as family-oriented events throughout the year. Its mission to is provide opportunities for our children to grow as Christians through the teaching of love for self and others, the life of Jesus Christ, Christian values, Episcopal tradition, prayer, and outreach experiences by means of creative and attractive activities.

The expected outcome of this program is for our youth to grow in faith, gain more knowledge about Jesus Christ, have a better understanding of scripture as applied to one’s life, gain excitement and desire to continue to be nurtured through God’s Word, hunger to seek more from the Kingdom of God, and the desire to walk in the way that Christ has taught us. We expect our program to be a huge success!

 
 Sunday school Curriculum

"Living the Good News", is an Episcopal lectionary based curriculum for each age group. The children explore the scripture of the church through song, stories, music and crafts. Children are given “take home papers” relating to the lesson of the day, a resource sheet to engage the entire family in the lessons learned that Sunday.

“Godly Play” is a method of telling Bible stories, or presenting parables or lessons about religious traditions. It invites listeners into the stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experience.   Godly Play is a non-coercive way to encourage children to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith, through wondering questions and open-ended response time.   It is a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of their congregations as they develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols and rites.   Godly Play is one of several variations of the Montessori tradition of religious education and has been developed in the United States by Dr Jerome Berryman.

Sunday School Schedule and Times
  • Nursery opens at 9:45 on Sunday Morning
  • Sunday school starts at 10:00 am 
  • Children join Parents for Eucharist at 10:40 am
Sunday school runs during the months of Sept thru May

St. Mary's Episcopal Church

9801 Bonita Beach Road - Bonita Springs, Florida 34135 - (239) 992-4343

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