- Love Self: We are all lovable in the eyes of God.
- Love Neighbor: Children can alleviate the suffering of others.
- Love God: Children can be curious about God and find ways to talk about God that resonate with them.
We are committed to instilling values of generosity, love, kindness and gratitude into our children through outreach activities and projects that foster a commitment to thinking about and serving others in our parish, our community and beyond. Our Sunday school program offers multiple service opportunities for even our youngest parishioners - and their families - throughout the year.
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Parish Hall classrooms. Children are escorted by their teachers to the church during the peace and announcements of the 10 a.m. service. All are welcome to take communion and children are especially encouraged to take part in this holy ritual. St Barnabas offers a kid-friendly introduction to taking communion in the Episcopal church: why we do it, when we do it, and how we do it. If you would like your children to attend this session, please let us know at any time throughout the school year.
Registration for Sunday School begins each fall, and newcomers are welcome to join at any time throughout the year. For more information about registration, click here. All Sunday school teachers and volunteers are CORI-checked prior to engaging with our children, and all teachers are SafeChurch trained. The safety of children is our highest priority.
Preschool, Kindergarten-2nd Grade
Our Preschool and Kindergarten-2nd Grade classes use Living Love, our curriculum that uses literature and art to explore ideas about God: who and what God is, and what God means to us. Children are encouraged to be curious, to ask questions, and to build meaning around God that resonates with them.
Love Self is an introduction to thinking about ourselves as unique, lovable beings, to God and others, and also the importance of loving ourselves. Themes of mindfulness and self-care, family, and courage are presented through literature that deliberately portrays characters from underrepresented populations.
The heart of our curriculum is the commitment to Love Neighbor. Emphasis is placed on loving and caring for others, especially the poor and oppressed. Children and their teachers will discuss the complexities of poverty, homelessness and hunger, animal treatment, environmentalism, equality and justice, commitment to taking care of others in need. All families are invited to participate in these outreach activities.
Love God invites children to ponder what/who God is, and what we mean when we say “God is Love.” Time will be spent reflecting on previous activities about loving others, making the connection that God is present whenever and wherever love is found.
Grades 3 through 5 continue with our curriculum, Living Love, with particular emphasis on doing service projects that prepare them for advancing to the Youth Service Corps in middle school.
Love Self is a deeper exploration of what makes each of us unique and lovable, to ourselves and to God, with open conversations about courage, friendship, family, and how to overcome adversity.
Love Neighbor is the heart of the St. Barnabas Sunday School program. This unit emphasizes loving and caring for others in need, and provides children multiple opportunities to ponder and discuss the complexity of issues like poverty, homelessness, hunger, and equality. Children will explore themes of empathy, gratitude, and justice, and how and when they intersect with loving others.
The 3rd to 5th grade class will spend several weeks throughout the year hearing from parishioners affiliated with non-profit organizations at home and abroad that are committed to improving the lives of others. Special emphasis is placed on organizations that serve children of this age.
The St. Barnabas Youth Service Corps is designed for youth in grades 6 through 12. Click here for more information.