Windows of Grace
This year we’re doing something different in our Sunday School. While celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we are focusing on stories of grace that are told in Gethsemane’s stained-glass windows. Among the things we will do each week is share the Bible stories highlighted in our windows and explore how each of these stories is rich in God’s grace and how Jesus shares God’s grace with us.
One of the more significant changes is that we have made Sunday School more relevant to our Sunday Worship. During our Sunday School time. the kids are learning songs that will be sung at the JJJ (Joy, Java, Jesus) worship service, they will involved in writing prayers, learning to be readers, and playing a greater role in worship.
The Sunday School is also trying to be more responsive to our families who want to participate in Sunday School and Worship, but are pressed for time on Sunday mornings, or who have younger children for whom a longer stretch of time is challenging. We have set the schedule so that families can worship at 8:30 a.m. and go immediately to Sunday School which will be 45 minutes long, so that worship and Sunday School together are about an hour and a half. It is hoped that with all the different activities, there will be enough to keep even small children interested. Our JJJ worship band will be on hand to help with the music.
A Sunday Morning for our children will look something like this:
8:30 a.m. JJJ Worship
9:15 Sunday School Opening
Window: Jesus and the children
Bible story: Matthew 19:14; Luke 18:16
Music: Jesus Loves the Little children, Jesus loves me
JJJ preparation: Children make Prayer petitions for JJJ worship
Doing Sunday School this way is a change in our format, so we are hoping that everyone will choose to be involved. We can learn the Bible stories together and explore them as families. In addition, Sunday School lessons will be available on the website and emailed (“The Olive Grove”!) each week so that each family can continue to learn at home, or if a Sunday is missed do the lesson on their own.