Join us for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m (September – June).
Sunday School at Good Shepherd offers something for everyone from the age of two on up through adult. All are welcome regardless of whether or not they are members of the congregation. There is no cost to attend classes for children and youth, but we do ask that a registration form be completed if the child will be attending more than once or twice throughout the year. Adults may occasionally be asked to pay a nominal fee to cover the cost of books or study guides for directed study in adult classes.
Sunday School classes are held from 9:15 to 10:15am every Sunday between the two worship services throughout the school year (beginning of September through early June), and are broken down by the following age groups/topics:
- Twos and Threes
- PreK/Kindergarten (Fours and Fives)
- First and Second Graders
- Third and Fourth Graders
- Fifth and Sixth Graders
- Seventh and Eighth Graders (Confirmation connection)
- Senior High (9th-12th Graders)
In addition, First Communion classes are offered to first graders and their families over several weeks in early Spring.
Twos and Threes through the Fifth/Sixth Grade classes use the SPARK lectionary-based Sunday School curriculum, which corresponds to the assigned scriptures for worship services each Sunday. This way they hear the same Bible stories in worship that they learn about in class. Each week’s classroom activities include the story to introduce the theme; crafts, games, and/or active play to reinforce the message; and usually (and very importantly), a simple snack. All children ages two through sixth grade also have a weekly opportunity to participate in music under the guidance of Erin Kauppila, the congregation’s Youth Music Director. In addition to occasionally singing at the 10:30am worship, the children prepare an annual worship presentation for the congregation in the form of a Christmas Pageant or May musical performance.
Classes for older youth in grades seven through twelve focus on current issues, problems, or topics that are age-appropriate and relevant to their experiences and the world in which they live, filtered through the lens of faith.
Classes are led by teaching teams of at least two teachers and one adult or youth assistant. Most classrooms have windows in the door; those that do not are left propped open. Parents are always welcome to attend class with their children, particularly with toddlers and preschoolers who are experiencing significant separation anxiety. Allowing children of all ages to have a safe space in which to encounter God’s love – a space that not only feels safe to them but is truly safe for their well-being – is of utmost importance.