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Sunday School Curriculum - Spring 2020
Last fall we began our new curriculum for our youngest students that teaches biblical stories in an engaging way using simple figures, wooden pieces, and sand, not so the kids can so easily tell you what they learned that day, but so that the stories can get inside them and become a reservoir from which to draw throughout their lives. This curriculum offers a powerful form while maintaining a spirit of openness; plenty of room to explore while also establishing a foundation of who we are. Its philosophy delicately balances form and freedom with the following principles that are to be expressed implicitly to all who come into our Sunday School classrooms:
We welcome you.
We value you.
We love you.
We respect you.
We honor you just the way you are.
You are capable.
You are our primary concern during this time.
We trust you to make choices.
This is a safe place to wonder and find meaning.
The community is important and will be supported.
We will set clear limits and expectations.
This is a place of imagining.
A different language is spoken here.
The stories have value.
We love the stories.
You can use the stories to make meaning.
We love God.
God is present in this place.
Our PreK - 2nd graders will experience this program called "Sacred Stories". Every week they are told a Bible story by specially trained story-tellers, and given time to respond to the story through art and play.
Our 3rd-5th graders also hear a Bible story each week as part of their "Shine" curriculum including various activities designed to help them relate the story to their own lives.
Sacred stories (PreK - 2nd Grade)
Introduction to Lent
Jesus and the Children (Luke 18:15-17)
Jesus and Bartimaeus (Luke 18:35-43)
Jesus and Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)
Jesus' Last Passover (Matthew 26:26-28)
The Road to Emmaus
The Good Shepherd 1
The Good Shepherd 2
The Good Shepherd 3
Ascension (Acts 1)
Pentecost (Acts 2)
Shine (3rd - 5th Grade)
The kingdom of God (Matthew 13:44-50)
The Samaritan woman (John 4:1-42)
Jesus refuses to cast stones (John 7:53 - 8:11)
Jesus raises Lazarus (John 11:1-44)
Mary anoints Jesus (John 12:1-19)
God hears Hagar and Ishmael (Genesis 16, 21)
Moses is born (Exodus 1:1-20)
Jubilee (Leviticus 25:8-55)
Don't worry (Matthew 6:25-34)
True greatness (Mark 9:33-37)
Caring for those in need (Matthew 25:31-46)
Pentecost (Acts 2)
Throughout the year, there are a number of family events including the Harvest Festival, Advent Workshop and Jerusalem Marketplace. There is also a variety of children's seasonal mission projects such as collecting food items, warm socks and Christmas gifts for Ritter Center families and donations of canned food for the Marin Food Bank during Lent. Check our Events/Calendar for latest events.