We've made it through another super speedy summer, regular school has started, and it's time to tuck Sunday school into the equation!
Here's what you need to know about our first day of Sunday school for the 2023-'24 school year:
As of right now, we're looking at a single room class, but plan to operate with small group options as needed.
Thank you for sharing your kiddos with us; we're looking forward to a wonderful year!
The end of another school year is nearing, which means that our 2022-'23 Sunday school year is also drawing to a close. Our final day for this school year is May 21. Since that is also graduation Sunday in Laurel, we'll be holding our end-of-year festivities (an Ice Cream (Float) Social) on the Sunday prior, May 14. (Fun fact, that is also Mother's Day - a perfect celebration Sunday, if ever there was one).
Ahead of that, though, is (finally) our Friday Fun Night on May 12. Held from 4-8pm, kiddos are welcome to come and go during that time or stay for the whole thing. We're planning Make-Your-Own Pizza for dinner, a craft, and movie night in the sanctuary (where we will also enjoy a variety of popcorn options). The kids are encouraged to bring a friend(s), but please RSVP to email@example.com by noon on Wednesday, May 10, so we can make sure that we have enough supplies.
With the Sunday school year wrapping up, we'll be looking ahead to Vacation Bible School, so please mark your calendars for July 17-20, 6-8pm for that! If you'd like to help out with Vacation Bible School, please reach out to Becca (or sign up on the sheet in the narthex). We'll be holding volunteer training sessions ahead of VBS in June and July (multiple date options, volunteers will just need to attend one), so be on the lookout for that information coming soon!
That's a lot of information, here it is at a glance:
I can’t believe that we are already in the midst of back-to-school season! The summer flew by for us! Just as we were thrilled to be back in-person for VBS (in the park this year!), we are so excited for – what we’re hoping will be – a normal Sunday school year for 2021-’22!
I’m hoping to move away from the single Sunday school classroom experience that dominated last year and move back to a regular classroom environment. I’m anticipating grade-leveling to a greater degree than what we’re used to (Littles: Pre-2nd, Middles: 3rd-5th, and Bigs: 6th-8th). If we need to, we’ll combo package the Middles and Bigs, we’ll see where our numbers take us!
Thank you for sharing your kiddos with us, we so look forward to seeing them and getting back to our normal Sunday school groove!
Please return your registration form to the church (offering plate/church office) or to Sunday school.
Good morning! Welcome to Laurel UMC's first virtual Sunday school class in the New Year! We decided to try something new for what is (hopefully) our final month of virtual-only Sunday schooling. Please check out the slideshow below!
Happy New Year!
As you may or may not have heard, our Bishop made the call today asking churches in our conference to suspend in-person services and gatherings through January 2021. (You can see Pastor Dolly's note and the Bishop's letter, here). While our weekly Sunday school attendance hasn't necessarily been robust (understandably so), this is still a hard thing to once again experience in our Sunday school world. However, I'm determined that we'll find a more interactive experience than what we attempted in the spring.
Here are my thoughts:
If all of our ducks manage to get in a row (sanitization stations in each classroom, adequate supplies in order to avoid cross-contamination...), we are still a go for September 13 as our first day of Sunday school for the 2020-'21 school year! Ahead of our first day, we wanted to make sure that we had everyone looped in regarding how things will roll this year.
Upon arrival, your child will check in with Ms. Becca (we'll sign them in similarly to how things have been operating for Worship services).
We will be sanitizing our classrooms and supplies regularly.
Please be sure to keep your kiddo at home should they be experiencing any symptoms or aren't feeling well, in general.
We are SO excited to be back together in person! We know things will look different this year, but we won't take for granted this time we have together.
See you soon!
I hope this letter finds you all doing well! We have certainly missed our kiddos and are excited to share that we will be returning to in-person Sunday school for the 2020-’21 school year! Our first day of Sunday school is looking to be September 13 (we’ll be in touch should anything cause us to push that date back). We know that, for some of you, meeting in person is not an option, so we’re trying to game plan for that as well. On this year’s registration forms there will be a section about your preferences, but know that we’re here to be flexible in this strange year of 2020.
Following are a few housekeeping items that we’ll need you to be aware of prior to our first day:
Please return your registration form to the church office ASAP (or reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can also register online!
Excerpted from the "Read with Me Bible an NIrV Story Bible for Children"
Hello dear ones,
Back for another check in as we prepare to approach Palm Sunday from a distance. Hopefully you've heard that we're on hold for in-person Worship through May 1 (at least), per our Bishop. That said, Pastor Dolly has officially figured out Facebook Live, so you can check LUMC's page for updates on sermon times!
As I'm sure you're all missing your routines, we are surely missing our time with the kiddos. Palm Sunday is always one of my favorites as the kids line up, ready to enter the sanctuary, joyfully waving their palms. The church did order our palms before this all began (see attachment for how you can snag some to take home for Sunday).
UMC.org has a great resource for taking kids through Holy Week (there's a lot going on between the celebrations that are Palm Sunday and Easter, and though the in-between is sad and hard, it's important to talk about). You can check that out here: https://www.umc.org/en/content/teaching-children-about-holy-week-telling-the-whole-story
Our Bible verses (4th-8th+) for this week's Sunday school lesson are Matthew 26:31-56.
Some discussion points from the lesson (most appropriate for our middle >> bigs):
• Jesus asked his disciples to stay awake with him because he was feeling sad and anxious and needed their support. But they kept falling asleep.
• How do you think Jesus felt when he found his friends sleeping?
• Have you ever really needed the support of your friends? Did you receive it? How does it feel to receive support from your friends? How does it feel when they're not able to give you the support you need?
• How can you be a supportive friend to others?
For the younger kiddos, check out this resource:
I'm hoping that everyone is hanging in there with health and sanity in tact. Please reach out if you need anything, we'll do our best to help as we can or connect you with other resources.
Now, besides just checking in, I thought I'd also put a few things out there for you while we're apart. Below, find a few things from March 22 (and March 29), as well as an overview of what's to come in April...Just in case. And, a little bit of this and that:
A few weeks ago, the kids and I went on a deep dive into verses about love during Chapel Time, I invite you to carry on that search in finding verses of hope, love, and faith.
Please send the kiddos my love. I miss seeing their faces and hearing about their week and singing our songs. Looking forward to when we meet again!
Dive deeper into LUMC's Sunday School happenings on this page!