Sunday School at St. Mark’s is a wonderful time of fellowship and learning for all ages--from our oldest to our youngest members of the congregation.
Our 2014-15 program opens Sunday morning, September 7 at 9:15am. Students proceed directly do their classrooms. We have closing in the library at 10:10am where we have announcements and the Lord's Prayer.
For our adults, we have a choice of three:
V Crossways: Pastor Elkin teaches the Bible using the popular Crossways series. Dr. Harry Wendt's Bible study materials and methods are unique because of their: Christ-centered focus, descriptive teaching graphics, "big-picture" approach, and historical and cultural insights. Come, join in!
V Middle Lounge: This group pursues a variety of topics. Kathy Dancho continues to lead this assembly. Two books that will be studied will be "Faith's Wisdom for Daily Living" by Herbert Anderson and Bonnie Miller-McLemore and "Signs of Belonging" by Mary E. Hinkle. There’s plenty of room for all.
V Front Lounge: NEW THIS YEAR: A YOUNG ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP!!! This is a class for young adults, led by young adults: Audrey Comerford and Declan Jones. Discussion will revolve around the Gospel of Luke. This is for those college-aged, twenty-somethings, and the young at heart—single or married, with or without young children. There will be no linear progression through a book so those home from college or anyone visiting for a weekend may easily join in the discussions.
Our high school youth meet in a room set up especially for them in an informal setting that encourages discussion on matters important to them. Bob Jones continues to lead this group after effectively developing the format in 2006. The youth have expressed an interest in examining current affairs and how the Bible helps us to put things in perspective. They also have a little “breakfast bar” available to them on Sunday mornings and access to contemporary Christian CDs.
As they prepare for confirmation, our middle school students involve themselves with a more goal-oriented curriculum as they learn about what, exactly, it means to be a Lutheran. They learn about the history, prayers, terminology and services of the church. They also become involved with service projects and trips to locations important to the history of the Lutheran church in America.
This year elementary and younger students are again using the Spark curriculum. which uses a lectionary-based curriculum model with a lesson flexibility that allows teachers to teach the Bible story in the way that works best for the students. Online forums are available for teachers to share ideas with other Christian educators. With Spark, kids open their Bibles each week and engage in Scripture! Watch them grow in their faith by encountering God’s Word while participating in activities that reinforce the Bible stories. Spark lessons are designed to engage every child in active learning! Age-appropriate lessons designed for multiple intelligences reinforce key points of the stories and help kids get more out of Sunday school, no matter what their learning style may be. The classes are divided into PreK-2 and 3-5 grades. The teachers volunteer on a monthly rotation that keeps things fresh for the children and doesn’t exhaust our volunteers.