The Sunday School programs, for children ages 4 to 12, take place
downstairs after the opening part of the Church Service.
Infant care for 0 to 3 year olds is provided during the church service in a well equipped baby
care room with adult supervision.
For any questions concerning the Christian Development Program at Parkwoods, please contact the Church Office.
Parkwoods has approximately eighteen regular attendees in our Sunday School with more than thirty-five registered, including Nursery. The Nursery (infants to 3 years old) remain in the BabyCare Room, for the duration of the worship service. On Sunday mornings, after the Children’s Time in our regular Worship service, all the children go downstairs for their own Sunday School program. We have a short worship together then split into classes. Parkwoods uses the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum which parallels the weekly lectionary that is shared with the congregation. Stories and scriptures follow that being preached by the minister.
With the growing numbers of youth and limited number of teachers, the Primary (ages 4 to 8) and Junior/Intermediate (ages 9 and up) meet together. At the Primary level, usually crafts are prepared by the children related to the lesson. In the Junior/Intermediate age group, the youth have their own work binders and they work on lessons together, related to the weekly biblical passage.
Sunday School has played an important role in Parkwoods’ Outreach programs and we continue to look for caring ways to contribute to the many projects that our church community sponsors. During the Outreach Worship service in May this year, the Sunday School children celebrated with the Parkwoods’ congregation in the projects they had been apart of. Highlights included;
During the Season of Advent, the children prepared greeting cards and messages which were included withChristmas Cheer gifts for the Shut-Ins at Parkwoods. Also at Christmas time, we studied about some less fortunate children who look forward to receiving boxes through Operation Christmas Child. For a couple of weeks the children collected items for their shoe boxes, then packed them together and presented them from the Sunday School for our contribution to Operation Christmas Child.
Last year, two members of our congregation, introduced the Plastic Milk Bag Mat project for Haiti. The children entusiastically took on the task over a number of Sundays, of tying and rolling plastic strips in preparation for the crocheters. The children took great pleasure in this project, it connected nicely the Bible passages during Lent rom Isaiah and the gospel of Luke, focusing on God’s love for all people. The children felt very much a part of the project, assisting to make milk bag mats for orphaned and victims of the Haiti hurricanes.
Project Kenya was another outreach project for the Sunday School. A year ago, we had a special visitor Floreen Forde come to our Sunday School class to speak about this project and her efforts helping African women and children impacted by HIV/AIDS in Kenya. The Sunday School was introduced, through pictures, to some of the children at the Ecumenical Day Care Centre in Ngong Hills, Kenya. Parkwoods presented a cheque for Project Kenya from the Sunday School offerings to assist in the purchase of school uniforms. Kenyan children cannot attend school unless they have a uniform. In addition, the Sunday School children wrote letters and greeting cards to send along with their donation to these needy children. This past September, after Floreen returned from a successful trip to Kenya, the Sunday School welcomed her again to share her experiences, replies from the children’s letters and photos with us. Floreen and Dr. Victor Kireti had delivered uniforms and shoes to the Kenyan children on behalf of our Sunday School, and they also provided the orphans with green bags of school supplies and goodies.
All these projects have connected nicely with our Sunday School lessons, focusing on God’s love for all people. In addition to our prayers for orphans and those in need, the Sunday School experienced a ‘hands on contribution’ to these worthwhile causes.