As we “march” through the year, now would be a good me to give you an update on what is happening with the children and youth programming.
At 9:00 on Sunday mornings, we offer Sunday School for preschool through 8th grade. Once a month (second Sunday of the month) our high school youth meet. Children are involved in lots of different activities throughout the morning including Music Connections with Julie Mazer, Craft/Playtime for young children, and Tru Function rehearsal for 7th through 12th graders.
Our 4th and 5th graders started on a big project last fall and it is finnally approaching completion. They are working on a mural for their Sunday School room. They spent a lot of time trying to work through ideas for the mural, designing it, and now they are painting it. We will celebrate its completion with an “open house” at some point after Easter. The teachers, Kristin Muckian and Jenny Dobbins, have guided the project and Marcia Beckett (Art Teacher) has been incredibly helpful in the overall production of the project.
Our 2nd and 3rd graders have been focusing on climate change issues including natural disasters, weather, carbon cycling, and rocks. They also spend time reflecting on a passage from Scripture that relates to these topics. For instance, when they studied rocks, they read the following passages:
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
Do not fear, or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? You are my witnesses! Is there any god besides me? There is no other rock; I know not one. Isaiah 44:8
And then wondered about the following statements:
- I wonder what it means that God is thought of as a rock.
- I wonder how this idea that God is my rock might help me in my faith.
- I wonder how what protections the writer of this psalm feels as he thinks of God as his rock.
- I wonder how this idea that God is like rock might help our faith.
Our second through 5th graders are also working on a project with Julie Mazer during their Music Connections time. They have organized a demonstration for their parents which they will lead this Sunday, March 11. They have created activities for parents to experience for themselves the African drums, the xylophones, singing, and movement.
Our middle school youth finished a unit on Christianity’s Family Tree and on Sunday, March 18 will visit Assumption Greek Orthodox Church on the east side of Madison. This will be a wonderful experience to visit one of the oldest Christian denominations.
If you ever want to learn more about these programs, I’d love to tell you more.