Classes are taught by members of the congregation. The program is directed by Deborah Ann Keller-Wood who is guided by the Minister and the Religious Education Committee. Parents and others are always welcome to attend RE Committee meetings and to serve on the committee. Reverend Hallman and DRE Keller-Wood work to ensure that the RE program and the children are an integral part of the congregation.
The Small Child Sitting Near You
When little children come to services, adults sometimes wonder why! Bringing children into the sanctuary is something like letting them eat at the dinner table. Even though their manners are far from elegant, it’s done in the hope that, given time, they’ll begin to feel a part of the family.
Children giggle, they poke, and they swing their legs simply because they’re children. But they also sing, share and learn with us. So, this page is shared to suggest that we adults should accept – even value – the children’s restlessness during worship, trusting that they are also learning:
That it is important to come to this place every Sunday.
That they belong to this special company of people.
That the sights and sounds of the sanctuary are good, though not always understandable.
That something is expected of them in this place, and that they may respond in song and by sharing.
Bringing a child to church can be a real exercise in aggravation. But then again, so are many other facets of parenting and we manage our way through them. Of course, we do not want our children to be disruptive or hamper the congregation’s worship. But we must remember that children are a part of our church community and children should be among the worshipping people. They may not participate just the way adults do, but they are growing in understanding and learning to take their places in this congregational family.
Young children may have moments of challenge but it is their right to worship along side everyone. Our satisfaction comes in later years when we see them stand in the midst of this congregation with a faith of their own.
Message from the RE Committee Chair
In addition to the traditional Sunday School classes where the children are in the classroom with their teachers, we will have Multigenerational services, Chapel Sundays, Vacation or Little Red Schoolhouse Sundays and Social Justice Sundays. Our DRE has worked out a wonderful calendar for these Sundays which provides a chance for many people to help with the program and get to know the children.
- Multi-Generational Sundays are Sundays when the children will take part in the full service, the first one being on September 8th, our traditional Water Communion Sunday.
- Chapel Sundays and Social Justice Sundays are the Sundays when the DRE leads all the children in a service and activities in the East Wing.
- Vacation and Little Red Schoolhouse Sundays are Sundays when activities are provided for the children.
The beauty of this calendar and organizational plan is that many people can help in different ways but no one person has to miss lots of church services to help with the RE program. As the saying goes “many hands make light work”
We need teams of people to help with different aspects of the program. The teaching teams for the traditional Sunday School format would be responsible for only 16 of the approximately 35 Sundays from September through June. If the team has 4 people, then each person would only teach 8 Sundays over the course of the year. If there are only 3 members of the team, then the members would be responsible for 10 or 11 Sundays. The same sharing of responsibility is true for the Social Justice Team, the Multi-Generational Team and the Little Red Schoolhouse Team.
As you can see, to make this program work, we need a little help from a lot of people. After the Sunday service on September 1st and September 8th there will be a table in the sanctuary where you will find more information and signup sheets to indicate your interest and willingness to help with one or more aspects of the program. Please stop by and talk with one of the members of the RE committee to learn more about our plans for the coming year.