Everyone is welcome to join our weekly Sunday School which runs from September through June. We run similar to a one room school house, with all ages together. With the nursery nearby, young children are encouraged to participate at whatever level they are able. The age ranges from 3 years - 12 years, with the older children often taking on a leadership role. We begin to gather at 10:15 am with an opportunity to greet each other.
Our Sunday School Coordinator is Sonia Francis, B.A. B.Ed. Sonia is connected to all our young people and families in her capacity as Parish of March Family Ministries Coordinator.
We use a multi-age lectionary based curriculum, Season of the Spirit, as the backdrop for our weekly lesson. Our weekly lessons tie into the readings that are being explored during the service with an additional attempt to stay current and connected with what is happening in the world around. We explore our connection and relationship with God through Jesus’ teachings by wondering and questioning how they relate to our lives. Stories, songs, and crafts are all part of our program.
Children are an integral part of our Church Life. The Sunday School children often work on songs to be sung during special celebrations and services such as Baptisms, and Family Services. They are also given the opportunity to present the readings and prayers.
Every week we join the 10:30 am service in time to join hands to sing the Lord’s Prayer. We then sit with our families and participate in the Eucharist. All baptized children are welcome to receive the Eucharist and all children are encouraged to go to the altar rail to receive a blessing.
As part of our lives as Christians, we teach that it is important to ‘walk the walk’. Our annual Christmas pageant is a perfect opportunity to reach out into our local community. We are fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with a local retirement community and take our pageant to them. Pageant time is very popular and we enjoy the surge of participation that sees up to thirty children and their families taking part in this annual event.
During Lent we place our time and energy behind a charity to raise funds and awareness of the great need in our global world. Successful Lenten Projects in the past have included, Ryan’s Well, Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW), PLAN Canada, and Shelter Box.
If you would like to enroll your child in St John's Sunday School, Sonia would be delighted to speak with you. Please complete the Registration Form.
Sunday School meets every Sunday during St Mary’s 9:00 am service, with the exception of July and August. The children are with the congregation at the beginning of the service, go to the Hall for their studies and activities, and return to church for the Lord’s Prayer and Eucharist.
The Sunday School Coordinators are Kelly Atkins and Liz Armitage. They welcome and are thankful for the parent volunteers who support their activities on a rotating basis. They also appreciate the help of the older children, many of whom are members of the Parish Youth Group, Young@March.
The children range in age from 2-16 years, and the programming has something for everyone. The curriculum followed draws from the readings for the church year. Kelly and Liz thoughtfully select crafts and activities to complement the lesson and divide the tasks according to age.
During Advent the Sunday School rehearses for and presents a Christmas Pageant for the congregation, and on Palm Sunday the children form the procession during the Liturgy of the Palms. In October, St Mary’s is host to the outdoor Parish service of Blessing of the Animals on the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.
During Lent the children learn about a special cause and participate in raising awareness and funds for their Lenten Project. The weekly Sunday School collection helps sponsor a child in Sri Lanka through Plan Canada.
While the Sunday School year will not end until the end of June, we are looking forward to the Parish of March Picnic, to be held June 13th when we will come together for fellowship with the congregations of St John’s and St Paul’s.
If you would like to enroll your child in St Mary’s Sunday School or have a special talent to share with the children, please speak with Kelly or Liz.
St Paul’s welcomes young families with children of all ages to its services. The Church Hall is available for parent-supervised play should anyone feel the need to take a break.
While numbers do not currently warrant having a Nursery or Sunday School program, we are a warm and welcoming congregation that continuously evaluates the needs of our parishioners.