The Church School at the Garden City
Community Church, sponsored by the Christian Board of Education, has been
buzzing with activity during the fall season. The Church School, which is open
to all children from toddlers through the seventh grade, recently completed a
six week series from the Spark lectionary-based curriculum. Each Sunday
morning, while their parents are in worship, the children focus on a Bible story,
and relate it to their everyday experiences through the mediums of art, drama
and play and under the direction of their teachers.
At the conclusion of their six-week
series from the gospel of Mark, the children gathered for Children’s Chapel
with their parents on Sunday, October 28th.
Children’s Chapel is a simple worship service for children and their
families, held in the Chapel of the Community Church, an intimate prayer
“What makes Children’s Chapel special
is that each grade level is given an opportunity to lead different parts of the
service,” explained Paula Tusiani-Eng, Interim Director of the Church
School. “Our youngest children led the
responsive call to worship, and the oldest dramatized the scripture passage,
and it was a wonderful collaboration of the community’s gifts and talents.”
Following the service, children had
some spooky fun in Gardner Hall as they engaged in faith-based Halloween crafts
led by teachers Melissa Bradley, Courtney Rhein, Ann Teleisha, and Christine
Rumsey. A fellowship was provided by parent volunteers who also donated sweet
treats and decorations to make the celebration festive for the children.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,
the Church School has supported the young children on their faith journey. Without
power and wearing coats to stay warm, the children gathered on Sunday, November
4th to share their experiences of the storm. They created a large
cross, which hangs in the Church School, writing dozens of individual petitions
for light, heat, safety and other pressing concerns, and prayed as a community
over the cross.
Then the following Sunday, on November
11th, as many started to show signs of healing and hope, regaining
power and a renewed sense of security, the children turned their thoughts
outward toward the needs of others. The Church School classes worked on a
“giving chain” which spanned across the room, articulating all the ways they
can give in ways big and small to those in need. This prepared them for the theme of
Thanksgiving, as they wrote Thanksgiving Graces for their families to share for
the holiday, and reflected on their blessings.
Another highlight of the fall seasoned
included a presentation by Andrea Laisure and Emily Schaubeck, two of the
eighth graders in the Confirmation Program, on Sunday, November 18th
about the work of UNICEF for their Girl Scout Silver Award Project. Both Andrea
and Emily spoke and interacted with the children about UNICEF. They involved
the children in a letter-writing effort to reach out to those in need, who
City Community Church is located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Whitehall
Boulevard. It is an “Open &
Affirming” congregation of the United Church of Christ (Protestant), so no
matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey all are welcome.
Please call 746-1700 or go to www.GardenCityCommunityChurch.org
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