Special Services and Events: With the unfolding of the church year, the Church
School participates in special activities such as Carnivale just before Lent, a St. Nicholas
Party in early December, and a Blessing of the Animals (or St. Francis of Assissi Day).
Additionally, children can participate in confirmation, a Rite 13 celebration, and pilgrimages.
Performing Arts: Many children sing in either the Cherub or Junior Choirs or ring with
the Junior Handbell Choir, which perform one or two Sundays a month, as well as at Easter
and Christmas. St. Andrew’s also has a very active theatre program, giving children and
adults the opportunity to perform in religious productions and popular musical theatre.
Pageants and skits are presented during the Sunday services throughout the year to
enhance the Gospel. Each spring, the Church School joins with parish adults to present a
spring supper theatre musical - the 2013 musical was Peter Pan!
Outreach: Children have the opportunity to share what they have with others through
several outreach initiatives. Common outreach activities include volunteering with the
Breakfast at St. Andrew's, raising money with classmates to support non-profits, and raising
money to be donated to those in need following natural disasters. Additionally, the entire
church school sponsors an international foster child through PLAN USA.
Summer Camps: Children who have completed Kindergarten through Fifth Grade can
participate in Marketplace, our VBS experience. Come and join youths from neighboring
churches to re-enact life in a village marketplace during the time of Jesus’ ministry, living in
family tribes and learning the customs and wonder of the time. St. Andrew's also sends a
group of kids to Living Waters Ministries summer sleep-away camp, Camp Michiluca.
Come for a Visit!
The individual and collective effort of St. Andrew's staff and 30 Church School volunteers
makes it possible to provide an enriching learning experience for more than 150 children and
young adults each year. Your contribution of time and talent brings the Good News of Jesus
Christ to life for all. Please contact Nancy Heusel 663-0518, ext. 206, for volunteer
opportunities, which are tailored to each individual's interests and availability.
For Journey to Adulthood families, please contact the new J2A coordinator Carol Ferguson.
The Journey to Adulthood Curriculum
Rite 13 | Journey to Adulthood (J2A) | Young Adults in Church (YAC)
Journey to Adulthood is a complete curriculum that gives young people in middle school and
high school a firm foundation for the lifelong process of Christian formation. The program
has three parts, and groups are formed as part of a two-year cycle. The program builds a
strong sense of community among these young people as they balance Bible study and
prayer with fun activities together. For more information about this spiritually enriching
curriculum, visit http://leaderresources.org/j2a.
Rite 13 is comprised of students in seventh and eighth grade. Their curriculum culminates
in a special liturgy (Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood) which serves as a rite of
passage from chlidhood into adulthood.
J2A is for students in ninth and tenth grades. A focus is put on the importance of our
Christian community as well as developing skills for adulthood. This group regularly serves at
the Breakfast at St. Andrew's. Participants will go on a pilgrimage in the summer of 2014.
Young Adults in the Church (YAC): Older youth (Grades 11 & 12) take the
preparation for Confirmation. Guided by adult advisers, YAC also encourages them to take
on adult responsibilities in parish life. Many in YAC serve as acolytes or assist in church
Sunday, September 8
First Day of Church School
9:20 am - Registration
9:45 am - Classes
Fall Play Meeting
Sunday, October 6
Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 13
Church School Fire Drill
Sunday, October 27
Church School Open House
Classes are in session September 8, 2013 -
June 15, 2014. Bring your children to the
Welcome Table in the lobby and someone will
help you find the appropriate classroom.
Children are welcome to join the classes any
time during the year. Currently, approximately
150 students, age 2 - 18, are enrolled in our
September through June, all classes meet at
9:45 am. Children join the adults in the
church service during the Offertory, at
approximately 10:45 am. The Nursery is
available from 9:00 am until 12:15 pm and is
located on the second floor of the Parish
Developed and written exclusively for the Episcopal Church, the program uses Holy
Scripture, the Church, and Christian living to provide a groundwork of Christian education,
worship, and service.While not inline with the lectionary cycle, Weaving God's Promises does
use a three year cycle of lessons:
Year 1: Weaving Our Faith
Year 2: Weaving Together the Family of God
Year 3: Weaving God’s Beloved Community
To see a full overview of the Weaving God's Promises program, including sample lessons
and lectionary tie-ins, visit weavinggodspromises.org.
Weaving God's Promises
Kindergarten through Sixth Grade