Good Shepherd United Church of Christ desires to provide the best available care for all our children while they are involved in worship activities. In order to better meet the needs of all children in Sunday School and the Nursery, a Sunday School Registration/ Nursery Information Form is provided for parents to complete. Click here to view a copy of this form. Printed copies are also available in the church nursery. Completed forms should be returned to Christian Education.
Our Sunday School Classes
Three separate Sunday School classes, the “Shining Sheep,” the “Empowered Eagles,” and the “Knowledgeable Gnomes” are available for children three years old through 5th grade during the worship service. Children are invited to join us in the Education Building following Children’s Time or as indicated in the bulletin.
Our young Sunday School class is for our “Shining Sheep.” This class serves children ages 3 years to until they finish kindergarten. Their class includes Bible stories, activities, crafts, songs, prayers, and free play.
Our “Empowered Eagles” class is for children in first and second grades. Our “Knowledgeable Gnomes” class is for our kids in grades three through five.
These Sunday School classes are currently using the Sparkhouse Lectionary Curriculum. This program is a wonderful opportunity for children to enjoy themselves while experiencing the same weekly lectionary message that is being shared with their parents during worship. We incorporate many types of learning activities to account for a variety of learning styles – art, music, science/food, movement/games, and drama are all used during different classes to illustrate the weekly scripture. One advantage of using a lectionary based Sunday School program is that children and adults hear the same message – it gives families the opportunity to discuss what they learned at church. By dividing elementary school children into 2 different age groups, we are also able to customize our lessons in age-appropriate ways.
GSUCC has five dedicated Sunday School teachers, Kate Yuska, Lisa Mead, Debra and Chris Buchanan, and Annie Buchanan, who lead the older children’s class once per month. These nurturing and caring individuals are committed to teaching strong Christian principles and sharing God’s love with our children. GSUCC believes it is important for our Sunday School to show the children how God’s word makes a difference in our everyday lives. It is also important to show how God’s teachings are relevant to children and their interactions with the world.
During the fifth Sundays of the month, the worship service will be an engaging intergenerational service that will be meaningful for all ages. Children will remain in the sanctuary for the entire service instead of attending Sunday School class. The monthly themes and music of Sunday School will be incorporated into these services.
Good Shepherd UCC is a “safe-church”. This means we follow specific guidelines to ensure the protection and well-being of all our children during church services and church activities. These guidelines are used during children’s Sunday School. Click here to view our safe-church policy.