St. Christopher’s Christian Formation (Sunday School) is divided into four main areas. They are Pre-K and Elementary, Middle School, Senior High and Adult.
Pre-K and Elementary teachers prepare basic lessons of the Bible, church liturgy, church seasons and symbols. Teachers are provided with a variety of resources to supplement instruction. Many different activities such as storytelling, drama, art, games, cooking and “field trips” within the church and grounds help make class time interesting and enjoyable for the children. Curriculum includes Weaving God’s Promises and Godly Play. Classes are held during the Sunday School hour before church.
Middle School students study the Rite 13 curriculum that is designed to help them through their own rite of passage from childhood into independence. Teachers have a very serious role as they guide these maturing children through their understanding of God’s gifts within themselves and in others. The teachers stay by their side during this time of commitment to provide a sense of stability and security.
Senior High students move into J2A or Journey into Adulthood curriculum. Here teachers help equip the young people with skills to be successful, disciplined adults in order to carry out the Christian mission in their lives. Students learn that adulthood is not given. It is earned.
Because of time constraints on our young people, St. Christopher and St. Paul’s middlers and seniors join together Sundays after church. Lunch is provided and the churches alternate as hosts. Grouping together helps teacher and student activities be more effective and fun.
Adult Formation class also meets during the regular Sunday School hour. Lead teachers alternate blocks of Sundays and provide a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Teachers choose their own interesting and informative topics for lively discussion. Some of the lesson ideas have been about religious culture similarities around the world, ways to pray and meditate, and the many ways God can be described in our relation to Him.
Christian Formation at St. Christopher’s is open to new guests, new ideas and new teachers.