Sunday School at St Mary’s

What happens in Sunday School?

Our Aim

To teach the classic Bible stories, and to explore our Christian faith in an age appropriate way.

Theme of the week

We look at the same Bible reading that is being read in church that week, and our sessions will include various activities. Every week is different.
• A story
• Some craft or art activities
• Maybe a music session
• Games
• Prayers
• …. and much, much more!

This week:

We are learning about the Season of Advent and the preparation and celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Work sheet for Sunday

Even if you are away, or not able to get to church this week – why not download the activity sheet(s) from this Sunday’s Pravda parish email so you don’t miss anything.

Sunday School Gallery

We love seeing all the wonderful pictures you draw or paint, and the incredible craft creations you make.

So… If you would like to share with others some of your amazing work, then get your mum, dad or other family member to take a photograph of your artwork and send it to the parish office. We will add it to our Gallery for others to enjoy. The Gallery display will be changed on the 1st of each month.

A typical Sunday at St Mary’s

  • When you come to church you can go straight to the church hall, which is located directly across from church. The children are greeted by the leaders of the day and take a seat while the parents are asked to sign their children onto the Sunday school register. Parents will then go into church.

  • A welcome is given to all, followed by the telling of the story for the day.
  • The story is told in a variety of ways, using drama, audio clips or Godly Play. Once the story has been told, the children are encouraged to explore the story, using their imagination to get inside it and discover its meaning and their reaction to it.

  • There are specific art and craft activities following the theme, or worksheets laid out to help the children further explore the story for the day.

  • Sunday school lasts about 45 minutes, after which time there is a short summary of the lesson and an opportunity for the children to share what they have made or learned, then the Lord’s Prayer is recited together.

  • Parents are asked to return to the Sunday school to pick-up their children and accompany them back to church for Communion.

  • Following the Sunday Service there is squash and biscuits served in the Church Hall that the children can enjoy with their families.

  • Sunday school takes place in the Church Hall which is used during the week as a nursery. We ask the children to be respectful of the toys and furniture in the room that belongs to the nursery. We also ask the children not to bring food or phones with them into the Sunday school.

  • Sunday school takes place in the Church Hall which is used during the week as a nursery. We ask the children to be respectful of the toys and furniture in the room that belongs to the nursery. We also ask the children not to bring food or phones with them into the Sunday school.

In addition to the weekly Sunday school lesson we aim to participate in several outreach programs throughout the year.

  • Harvest Festival Assembling wash-bags with personal toiletries for distribution at The Passage as well as assist with the collection of food for the local food bank.

  • Christmas We collect and deliver toys and clothes to a local Women’s and Children’s Shelter as well as make Christmas cards for parish members.
  • Lent Assist with the collection of monetary donations for The Passage Homeless Shelter, and make Easter Cards for the parish members.

  • Christian Aid Week Participate in the yearly outreach program, in the past we have raised money to buy worms for a farming community in Bangladesh, a cow for a village in Africa and maternity assistance in Sierra Leone.

  • Children in Church Session We strive to ensure the children engage in the Sunday school lesson and fully in the parish life of the church. Typically once a term we hold a “Children in Church” session where Father Gary invites the children up to the front of the church and they present what they have been learning or a specific project they have been working on.

Who's Who...

We are all here for you if you need to talk…

Parish Priest
Fr Gary Bradley 07957 140371

Safeguarding Officer
TBA

Children’s Champion
Kristy Sels 07941467623

Children’s Champion
TBA

Childline

Tel: 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk

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