Christian Formation...

The Church School
Following the mandate of Jesus Christ, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas views children as vital to the existence and growth of the church. As a result, a vibrant Church School program is available for all children. Children who are new to the church as well as visitors are always welcomed. Parental involvement does help to make the child feel comfortable in a new environment with different faces. Parents are also encouraged to observe as well as assist the Church School schedule permitting. The Church School uses curriculum called Living the Good News.  These materials mirror the lectionary (the readings used by the adults during the service. Click for readings).  As a benefit, the children learn about the same lessons that are being read during the service providing an excellent opportunity for parent–child interaction at home. The children separate into age appropriate groups where greater emphasis is placed on the lessons of the day as well as the church season and calendar. A variety of methods are used to teach our children including: storytelling, demonstrations, question and answer, drawing, painting, posters, crafts, Bible study, handouts, spoken and written prayers, poems, stories and parables, Bible paraphrase, singing, skits, puppets, role play, Bible quizzes and games.

Throughout the year, parents and children can expect to be invited to participate in several Church School outings and events including the Christmas Pageant (there is always a part for everyone!), the Easter Egg Hunt, the Church School Closing Program and a trip to a fellowship event at an amusement park. We also help the children to form friendships with each other as that foundation encourages them to return to church and cements the community of faith. Here at St. Thomas, the children are an essential part of our community of faith and are welcomed warmly in the church service during the Passing of the Peace further familiarizing them with Episcopalian service and giving them an opportunity to participate in the Eucharist.

Church School Children Pick-up !
Given the number of children that we are blessed to have in the Church School, please pick up your children from the classrooms downstairs , rather than in the Great Hall.

Church School Envelopes
If you wish to make a good will offering to the Church School, please use the Church School Envelopes included in your bulletin, on the 4th Sunday each month. Thank you.

Church School Newsletter
The Church School Newsletter is distributed every month on the 4th Sunday. Click to view the latest flyer and information.