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Sunday School Superheros

First Congo is blessed to have inspiring Sunday School teachers who often leave the class with a lesson themselves. Take a look at what the Sunday School teachers have to say about this important ministry of our church.

  • “Anytime the children walk into Sunday School they are submerged in the teaching of the church and the Bible.  The lessons have definitely helped them grow in their religion.”

  • “It was awesome to hear their creative ideas on their faith.  This is a great program and really had wonderful discussions with kids.”

  • “It meant so much to me getting to bond with all of students…”

  • “The children conveyed what was learned to their parents and also talked about something we did later in the year (in Sunday School and/or when I casually encountered them).”

  • “We had wonderful discussions and spoke many times about their Faith Journeys and their Faith Formation. They were very candid. We all grew and learned through our sharing.”


Sunday School General Information

Sunday School is offered during worship for 3 years old through 8th grade. Regardless of age, our hope is to convey to all children that they are beloved children of God. As a church family, our response to that love is in the way we care for ourselves, each other, and our neighbors-locally and globally. In our classes, we practice all the things loving Christians do: pray, give thanks, comfort, defend, forgive, and repent, in a safe and supportive atmosphere. And, of course, we learn from (not just about) the Biblical stories, of people who have experienced God’s power and love in their messy lives.

3 year-old through 5th grade classes are offered at both 9am & 10:30am. Children are dismissed from worship to their Sunday School classes following First Steps, the children’s lesson in worship. The Sunday school classes are taught by two volunteer teachers from our family of faith, and are provided with easy-to-follow lesson plans and activity suggestions.  The same lesson is taught at both hours, and families may choose from week to week which time to attend.

6th/7th grade meets at 10:30am only, starting class immediately at that time.

8th graders are welcome to be part of our Confirmation class.

Childcare is available in our nursery for children 2 years old and younger at 9am and 10:30am.  Starting at 10am there is childcare available for all ages as well.

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Curriculum

The Sunday school classes will begin using lessons from the Shine curriculum in September 2018.  After evaluating 5 various curriculums, the Christian Education committee selected the Shine curriculum. The lessons cover important themes and characters of the Bible. The content is rich and the children are presented with thoughtful questions. Meaningful tips are provided for the teacher and each lesson has a related prayer which the children will take home. The Shine Bible presents Biblical stories in a colorful and engaging way. For more specific information you may visit the website below or contact Hope Sabbagha at hope@wscongo.org.

https://shinecurriculum.com/about/biblical-themes-and-outlines/

Each Sunday school class begins with “Joys and Concerns,” which help to foster fellowship and a sense of community.  The children pray together and they all lift up these joys and concerns to God.  The curriculum also engages the children by asking “wondering questions”, so they can think about the works of God and how it applies to their own lives. The teachers are intentional about creating a warm and welcoming environment for all children.


Milestone Lessons

The Christian Education committee of First Congregational church has created special topic lessons for each grade level. These special lessons are referred to as Milestone lessons. These lessons introduce and reinforce special topics that are not part of the curriculum. The topics rotate on a two-year cycle in grades kindergarten through seventh grade. These lessons are usually taught in November.

Kindergarten and 1st graders learn about the labyrinth and prayer.

2nd & 3rd graders learn about the Lord ’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm.

4th & 5th graders study the Bible and the Sacraments.

The 4th grade Bible study is a five week unit that starts February 10. They will learn about stories in the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible and how to use the Bible for guidance and comfort. On March 17, each child will be presented with their own Bible during worship. Much thanks goes to Catherine Dudley and Jen Dunleavy for teaching this important unit.

The 5th graders learn about the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion, specifically Jesus’ baptism, and the significance of baptism in their life. Pastor Katherine will teach the children about communion and offer the sacrament to them during class.

6th & 7th graders learn about the 10 Commandments and participate in a unit addressing loss and grief.

Several times during the year, a family service is planned for children in grades second and up to worship together as a family while children 3 yrs old to 1st grade enjoy special services titled Wee Worship which is held in the Chapel.


If you have any questions about the Sunday school classes for the curriculum, please contact Hope Sabbagha at hope@wscongo.org or 708-246-1900, Ext. 215.

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