St. John’s Church School
St. John’s Church School is the primary venue for Christian Education of elementary-aged children offered at St. John’s Church. Church School is held every Sunday of the year and begins at 9:30 a.m. in Cranmer Hall.
- There are two nurseries available. Both are located on the first floor of Cranmer Hall. They are separated by infant – walking (newborn – around 14 months) and then toddlers (14 months – potty trained (age 3)).
- Both nurseries have access to pager buzzers for the parents to take to church. This way they can be notified if they are needed without disturbing worship. It also gives parents a peace of mind.
- Both nurseries have laminated checklists on clip boards for the parents to fill out when they drop their children off. It is a quick way to convey information that might be needed.
- Nurseries are provided from 9:15 until the conclusion of the 10:30 service.
Preschool – Pre-Kindergarten
- Preschool children are those who are age three and are potty trained.
- This class is located on the second floor of Cranmer Hall.
- At 10:30, this class will have music, lesson, and fellowship playtime.
K – 5th Grade
- These classes meet at 10:30 on the 2nd floor of Cranmer Hall.
- All children will attend church with their parents. They will then follow the cross over to Cranmer Hall for Sunday School.
- The classes are broken down into
- Kindergarten and 1st Grade
- 2nd and 3rd Grades
- 4th and 5th Grades
- The Curriculum for Kindergarten – Third Grades in on a two year rotation
- The History of Our Salvation – Old Testament
- The History of Our Salvation – New Testament
- The Old Testament and New Testament Lessons are from The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sam Shammas.
- The Curriculum for Fourth and Fifth Grades
- Grapple – Preteens’ toughest questions. The Bible’s smartest answers.
- To enhance the curriculum there are Special Event and Art Sunday throughout the year to highlight the Liturgical Year.
- On these Sundays, a priest gives the lesson on why the day is special. It also allows the children to have direct interaction with the priests and gives them an opportunity to ask them questions several times throughout the year.
- The Special Event and Art Sundays are as follows:
- Michaelmas – the children make swords and shields. They then process with the choir for the first choral procession of the 10:30 service.
- All Saints’ – Various activities have been planned, one of which is form of Bingo using questions and answers from the lesson. The children process with the choir for the first choral procession. There are banners for the different categories of saints and also rods with ribbons for them to carry.
- Advent – The first Sunday of we have started the tradition of making Advent Wreaths. It is a family art day. All members of each family are invited to come together and assemble their advent wreath to use for the season.
- Epiphany – On this Sunday, the children personalize wooden hearts. These hearts are placed in a box, along with all offerings taken during Advent. The children sing “In the Bleak Midwinter.” One member from the church school carries the box of hearts and offerings in the first choral procession with the kings. The hearts are blessed and given back to the children the following Sunday.
- Candlemas – Shared Sunday School with children and adult class. Sharing of faith and candles given out.
- Lent – Starting on Septuagesima, as a part of Morning Assembly, the children begin a review of the Stations of the Cross. The Dad Squad Leader follows along with a Stations of the Cross booklet(included in this notebook). Large posters illustrating each station are also used. On the first Sunday in Lent, the children are given Lenten calendars to plan their prayer, fasting and almsgiving during the 40 days.
- Palm Sunday – The children have a review of the Stations of the Cross, also to include Holy Week and play a game of CROSS (or BINGO) to help reinforce what they have learned. They are reminded of the 5:30 Stations of the Cross service on Good Friday led by the priests and the youth. It is outdoors and travels throughout the streets around the church. Perfect for children.
- Easter – There is no church school, but during the 9:30 service, there are activities and celebrations for the children. They are also encouraged to bring flowers to place on the cross located on the steps of the Green-Meldrim House. There is also a basket there for them to place their mite boxes.
- Art Sunday – On this Sunday, the children work on, and hopefully complete, a painting as a group to be presented at the church school awards as a gift back to the church in thanks for the lessons they learned that year.
- Ascension – Various activities have been planned, along with a balloon release in the foyer of Cranmer Hall.
- Whitsunday/Pentecost – After an extensive lesson with props, the children will completed various activities. They then process with the choir for the first choral procession carrying Whitsunday staffs. These are stored in the third floor resource room.
- Trinity – After a lesson , the children complete activities. This Sunday helps show the liturgical year full circle to the children.
- Each of these Sundays’ activities is repeated each year to give a sense of tradition and enforce the importance of the liturgical year.
- In May, we have the church school awards during the 10:30 service. At this service, children are recognized for good attendance and also memory work. Memory work is recorded in a record and follows them through 5th grade (memory work checklist included in this notebook). This is also the service that the painting the children created is presented.
For information about our upcoming events and for weekly updates of the lessons please sign up for the weekly email update and parish paper on the home page.
For questions, please via email.