Sunday School During Church for Ages 3 to 10
Our children, ages 3-10 will have Sunday Church School classes during the 10:30 am church service. After the beginning of the church service and an earlier-than-had-been children's sermon, the children will go to their group-graded classes for a great time together. The students will return for "Jesus bread" at communion time and will remain with their families until the conclusion of service.
We are fortunate to have two age-grouped sections to our children’s Sunday School, a group of ages three to grade one and a group of grade two to four children. An adult facilitator is with each group for the 35 minutes from the time after the children’s sermon to communion time. If the children need to, they return to wrap up the class after communion time in the sanctuary. We are currently using the lectionary-based curriculum put out by Augsburg Fortress called “Whirl." Children and adults find these lessons to be meaningful and wonderful compliments to the children’s sermon time.
Senior High Youth Discussion Group (Grades 9-12)
Youth Group Room - 9:15 am
The senior high Sunday School class shares a special time with their facilitators, Mark and Roxanne Wood. Not only do they reflect on lectionary-based lessons for the day but the group finds it is an important weekly touchstone for them to be with one another and to share occurrences in their daily lives with the Wood's who double as youth group advisers at St. Benjamin’s as well. They all “hang out” in the youth group room on the building’s ground floor in the area under the sanctuary.
Junior High Youth Discussion Group (Grades 6-8)
Library - 9:15 am
The junior high Sunday School class is an exciting opportunity for discussion and Bible study lead by facilitators Mark and Roxanne Wood, Jay Olexy and/or Wendie Zearfoss. The budding musicians from this age group will also be sharing their musical talent during church service. This will be coordinated by Kim Hobbs.
Adult Discussion Group - Makolin Lounge - 9:15 am
The Adult Bible study group, gathering weekly in the Makolin Lounge, is facilitated by members of the class on a rotating basis and look at ways to correlate the lectionary readings for the day with current events and spiritual journeys. It is a time that is special to participants in the class; each class session opens with a prayer concern sharing. The group sometimes takes on outreach activities that help folks in the greater community.
Plans are in the works for a new approach to confirmation study. Along with other churches in our area, we're considering the possibility of two retreats per year for our confirmands. Stay tuned for more info!
Please join us for learning more about Christ and his life, ministry, sacrifice and his way for us at St. Benjamin's!