Sunday School Kick-off Aug. 24

On Sunday, Aug. 24, everyone is invited to a potluck breakfast to kick off the season. Bring your favorite breakfast casserole and meet us in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. to hear about classes, meet teachers and discover curricula for all ages.

Sunday morning classes are one of many opportunities to learn and grow with old and new friends at Vine Street.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come.

Children’s Education

Teachers Poised for Action We welcome another all-star line up of Children’s Sunday School teachers this year. The team includes Kyrah Harris, Stephanie Kopel, Helen Trabue, Emily & Mikeal Trump and Jeff Miller. Thank you, teachers!

Sunday School Curriculum Fires Up Faith New this season is Spark. For the next two years, we will utilize this curriculum in all our children’s classes, including our nursery. With it we’ll journey through the Bible, captivating our children with key stories from the Old and New Testaments. Stories from the Old Testament will be taught in the fall of each year while New Testament stories will be highlighted in the winter and spring. Every Spark lesson follows a four-part sequence: gather, open the Bible, activate faith and send. Each week children and their leaders gather together to explore the Bible, enjoy fun activities, pray and grow in faith.

Sanctuary Pews Get Literary Facelift The education committee selected Spark Story Bibles to compliment our existing NRSV Bibles in the sanctuary. Placed throughout the pew racks, Spark Story Bibles will be readily available for children of all ages to see, open and read as part of their Sunday worship. 

Substitute Teachers Needed We are blessed to have a wonderful set of teachers in our Children’s Sunday school program, but sometimes they get sick or need to go out or town. Would you be willing to fill in occasionally? All you need to do is show up—we supply the materials. If you can, email Evelyn Tallent with your contact information, including a cell or home phone number. Thank you!

Youth Education

Teens Share and Grow on Sunday Mornings During Sunday School the youth gather to share their joys and concerns. This time of intentional relationship building and prayer is a critical dimension of being community. Next, the teenagers jump into the re:form Ancestors curriculum, created by Sparkhouse. The curriculum isn’t just about characters that lived a long time ago; re:form Ancestors encourages self-reflection that helps youth to identify with the heroes, villains and everyday folks that God selected to do extraordinary things. The videos and anti-workbook blend hilarity and substance to introduce faith ancestors to the students. This year the youth will encounter individuals from the New Testament. The Rev. Hope Hodnett teaches this class.

Adult Education

Living Toward a Vision The theme for the year is "Faith and Action." Through a variety of courses on Sunday mornings, we will explore spiritual formation and discernment of gifts, study how scripture shapes our work in mission and learn about the history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and other churches around the world that are part of the Stone-Campbell branch of Christianity. We are fortunate to have Melanie Gao, Ted Parks and Gary Holloway as our teachers. More details about the entire fall schedule will be shared on Aug. 24. 

Here’s to a great season together! Join us!