Our Mission: Forming Foundations of Faith: In, Out and Around
Our Focus: Teaching all to form foundations of faith within themselves, out in the community and around others.
Our Vision: We believe in Sunday School
Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. Kindergarten through 5th grade start in the Choir Room. Our Choir Director will work on special music with the children for 15 minutes every Sunday. At 10:00 a.m. the children will be led to their classrooms for a Sunday School lesson. If a child does not want to participate in music, the Sunday School teachers will be in their rooms starting at 9:45 AM to welcome them. Phil the Fish continues to be our mascot for Sunday School offering as we raise money for Gifts of Water through the ELCA Good Gifts program.
Children’s Chapel is a ministry for our entire congregation. Our time together is spent worshiping – Chapel IS church! We learn liturgy in a directed way, through echoing and repetition – most of these children can say the Lord’s Prayer as well as any adult, and they are working on other prayers and liturgical responses as well. They learn Bible stories and the Seasons of the church during their time in chapel. Chapel allows children to learn these things in an age appropriate way while also allowing for questions and explanations.
We invite those children who are pre-k 4 and Kindergarten age to join two of our volunteers in the Chapel following the Children’s Sermon or immediately prior to the sermon.
We operate on a two week rotation of volunteers. The first Sunday, they are the “helper” and the second Sunday, they lead Chapel. Our volunteers are very dedicated to this ministry with young children. The addition of upper elementary/middle school volunteers is exciting. These older children are generally chapel “graduates” that enjoy serving the younger children.
If you are interested in volunteering in a significant way without a significant time commitment, Chapel is a great place to do that. Please contact us if you are interested in participating in the faith development of the children of Epiphany!
Currently our Nursery is available at the 10:00 a.m. service and is a volunteer based program.
Children’s choir is for children in prekindergarten through 5th grades. It meets each Sunday except for brunch Sundays. The students practice for 15 minutes and usually perform 3 to 5 times a year.
Children’s Christmas Program – Early December
We welcome new volunteers and ideas each year as we start to plan the Christmas program as early as July. This ministry usually includes special music and highlights our young talent from ages Pre-K through High School. In 2016 we presented “A Charlie Brown Christmas” directed by Alison Ramsay. There were about 20 kids who participated this year.
Rally Day – August/September
In 2017 our Rally Day was held in the evening with a cookout, inflatables, a kickball game, a bonfire with s’mores and games. Everyone had a great time.
VBS – June
There were lessons, crafts, snacks, and music. No matter what station they’re exploring, kids heard the daily Bible Point carefully integrated into each station’s activities to reinforce Bible learning. Each activity is an important part of kids’ overall learning experience. We also had our second annual community VBS for Special Needs children and families.
Special Needs VBS-July
This vacation bible school is for children who have special needs and require extra attention and activities that help them to manage their behaviors along with learning about Jesus. There are lessons, games, dinner for families, crafts, and special guests who give the children a chance to explore and experience community sources such as Firemen, EMT’s, and Sheriff’s Deputies along with other guests.
The education ministry is led by a volunteer committee consisting of two Council Liaisons, an Education Director, a Sunday School Superintendent, an Adult Education Director, a VBS Coordinator, a Christmas Program Coordinator, a Chapel Coordinator, and Nursery Volunteer Coordinator. This committee works together to make decisions and lead the education ministry in an organized and rewarding way for all members.
In an effort to further promote a safe and rewarding experience for our children and families, Epiphany Lutheran Church requires Youth Protection Training. Each adult working with any of the youth programs is required to attend one of the YPT workshops held throughout the year. This serves to protect our children and teachers, and promote Epiphany as a safe place. During Sunday school, we also have a rover periodically looking into the classes to ensure the safety of all our members.
Recommendations for coming year
- Identify and place ALL education positions with strong leader
- Meet regularly with Education Committee leaders
- Redesign Christmas play to meet needs of the program and church
Challenge to serve!
There is no limit to the opportunities to serve in Education. Members can volunteer for any amount of participation.
Director of Education Sunday School Superintendent
Kerry Gibson and Megan Beaucher