Have you ever wondered how Sunday School came to be? Read a brief history here. Among some of the great pioneers of Christian Education/Sunday School are Robert Raikes and Henrietta Mears. The original purpose of Sunday School has changed however, yet some of the concepts are eternal and part of the Great Commission. Elmer Towns, co-founder of Liberty University is noted for saying this about the purpose of Sunday School: to reach, teach, win and care; read more here.
These concepts are alive and well in our programs at Apostles.
Our Sunday School program for Children and Youth began the new academic year on Sunday, September 11, 2016. All our students from the littlest nursery through High School Age will be moved up to the next grade section for Sunday School. Our nursery, preschool, elementary and junior high through grade 8 will continue with the Gospel Project.Our High School Students, grade 9-12 will be moving through the Rite of Passage course which will prepare those who wish to be confirmed for confirmation.
At the 8:30 service:
- Nursery care for infants through pre-school which includes a lesson.
- Sunday School for Kindergarten through 4th grade
- Sunday School for 5th grade through 8th grade (this is NEW, we have added 7th and 8th grade.) Children/teens are to go directly to Sunday School which is held in the Main Sanctuary Building at Whole Word Fellowship (WWF) on the main floor of the Dominion Christian School (DCS) classroom wing. The children will return to the Chapel accompanied by their teachers, shortly after the prayers of the people for the rest of the service.
At the afternoon service:
- Nursery care for infants through Kindergarten which includes a lesson.
- Sunday School for 1st Grade through 6th grade
- No Jr. High (this is NEW)
- The Rite of Passage class (Sunday school and confirmation preparation) for 9th grade through 12th grade Children and High School Students will be dismissed from the Sanctuary after the opening worship set and then will return to the service after the prayers of the people.
- Jr. High students are to remain with their parents throughout the whole service.
As you can see we have made a few changes in the groupings of children and teens. These changes are based on attendance trends over the last year. We will re-evaluate the status of Jr. High (7th and 8th grade) Sunday school classes in late December.
As always we would love to have more help to build and maintain this quality program for our children and youth. If you are interested in supporting this wonderful opportunity to reach, teach, win and care or if you have any questions, please email Kristin Colligan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 703-591-1974