We are excited for the upcoming year of Sunday School, which officially starts on September 19th!
For parents new to Calvary, my name is Tanya. I am part of our Christian Education Committee, teaching Sunday School and 1st Communion. I am also currently completing my internship to become a Synodical Deacon with my focus being Christian Education.
I've created a google form for Sunday School Registration this year, so please follow the link below to register your children for Sunday School:
As we get closer to the 19th, I'll email an update for what to expect with safety procedures and any potential changes. Sunday School currently is for ages 3 and up and masks are required by all. We will continue with ages 3 - 5 requiring a parent or adult in class with them.
Family Bins: We will continue to use family bins for this upcoming year. Family bins are a plastic tub containing supplies for your children to use during class to minimize interaction between families. The bin travels back and forth between home and church, so it also allows families to still participate in Sunday School if they're unable to attend church through emailed lessons. Parents with family bins, please take a few moments to clean out your bins to prepare for the new year. On September 19th, all new families will receive a family bin and returning families will receive some new supplies for their bins.
Seven of our youth were confirmed on Reformation Sunday.
As part of their preparation they wrote essays on what confirmation means to them. We would like to share some of their reflections: The students have formed deep friendships with their classmates as well as older teens. They describe our congregation as a place where everyone is “sweet, friendly, supportive, and understanding.” Relationships are very important, but they have also drawn theological conclusions from listening and learning. They can articulate their faith, for example, “God is able to work miracles in our lives, he can protect and heal us and provide for our needs.” “Faith can hold the pieces of your life together when it feels like it is falling apart.” And, “[Our] belief system will help you through tough obstacles that life will throw at you.”
They instinctively understand stewardship and they not only appreciate what has been done for them, but they are happy that they are mature enough now to be asked to help and they are ready to accept adult responsibilities. They also understand who we are as the people of God at Calvary “Many people at Calvary have different beliefs about different things but our beliefs as Lutherans are what brings us together into one big happy family.”
We are so proud that they are carrying on the legacy that was passed on to us by Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon and other reformers, and all the generations of saints who have gone before us in the church. We will continue as role models for them, but we also acknowledge that they are role models for us!