Sunday School – Educating our young people through Godly Play

Educating young and old today means more than remembering information. Opening up people’s hearts, minds, and imagination is crucial to a healthy spiritual life. On Sundays at St. Andrew’s we offer Godly Play to our K-4th grade young people each Sunday, gathering at 9:55am and then joining in for worship at approximately 10:45am. Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. When Christian language is learned by the Godly Play approach, it is learned as a means to know God and to make meaning of our lives. This approach is quite different from the traditional model in which the teacher tells the children what they need to know.

We also offer Sunday School for 6th – 8th grades with Weaving God’s Promises curriculum. High School youth are encouraged to serve each Sunday as acolytes and enjoy gathering twice a month for youth group.

On major holidays we always offer inter-generational educational events such as the Advent dinner or the Epiphany liturgy, dinner and house blessings. The Rev. Dr. Beth Kelly is happy to tell you more about our programs. Just click this link for more information on Godly Play.

 


Nursery

Infants from 3 months to 3 years are welcome to remain in the care of Yolanda Aviles while parents focus on their worship. The nursery is currently on the second floor of Sedgley Hall. Her life is surrounded by children and she is an advocate for attachment parenting style in child-raising. She is a wonderful addition to our staff. You will find a clean and rich environment for your toddler there.

Youth

We have weekly Sunday school classes for our Junior Youth Group (5th-9th grades) throughout the school year in which we join together in community to learn more about our loving God. HS Youth (10th-12th) are welcome to join Sunday school and often serve as mentors to the Junior Youth. The two groups hang out during bi-monthly events like Chillaxin’ Movie Days, and we walk together in the annual Fullerton Area CROP Walk to raise money for hunger relief. Our youth are always welcome to participate in the worship services as acolytes and readers.

 

Educating our not so young people

Growth opportunities for adults are offered throughout the year in many forms of different ministries. Most think of our Tuesday evenings as the time for adults to learn and grow in their faith. There we have offered topics such as The Theology of Music, Cultivating Compassion, Ignatian Spirituality, and various current theological books and topics.

However, certainly many ministries offer heart/mind opening opportunities also. Such as St. Scholastica (book group), Brotherhood of St. Andrew (monthly education offerings), special conferences such as the Women’s Spiritual Day 2013, and guest preachers and speakers on Sundays.

Most every week our sermons are recorded and posted on this website. You can also access on the Sermons pages and search under Beth Kelly or visit some of our other sermon speakers.

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