St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in DeKalb will begin children’s Christian formation classes at 9:30 a.m. Sunday using the “Godly Play” curriculum for children in preschool to intermediate age.
“Godly Play” allows children to express and nurture what they already sense and to “name” it. Two adults, greeter and storyteller, who are trained in “Safeguarding God’s Children,” are present in the classroom each Sunday.
Each session begins by welcoming each child individually and helping the children get ready for the day’s lesson. The storyteller presents the lesson of the day, illustrated by the use of materials that engage the children in the word. The children then are invited to wonder about the lesson. When time allows, the children are given the opportunity to choose a work activity, then the class gathers together to offer prayers and share a feast. After the feast, the children meet individually with the storyteller to say their goodbyes. An orientation session about the program will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the lower level of the sanctuary.
Also on Sunday, St. Paul’s will celebrate the Blessing of the Backpacks at the 10:30 a.m. service. The Rev. Ed Bird, rector at St. Paul’s, invites the community to participate. A bag tag will be distributed to each backpack holder to remind them of God’s love and grace. Backpack owners can be any age – students in elementary school or college, workers, bike riders, et al.
The St. Paul’s adult and children choirs will sing at that service, as well, after taking the summer off. There will be fellowship after the service. St Paul’s has a 10:30 a.m. service every Sunday, and an 8 a.m. service on the second and fourth Sunday of every month.
St. Paul’s is at 900 Normal Road in DeKalb, and is handicapped accessible. Call the church office at 815-756-4888 or visit www.stpaulsdekalb.org for information.