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Education at All Hallows

Children's Education

All Hallows welcomes children and youth to worship and formation (education) opportunities each week.  Our staff is a dedicated group of teachers who volunteer their time to share their love and faith with the children.  We strive to welcome new children and their families throughout the year and invite you to join us as we learn about God's presence in our lives and infinite love for us.

We offer the following Sunday School activities beginning September 18, 2016 through June 4, 2017.  Christian Formation for our children and youth begins after the Gospel lesson during the 10:30am service at our Brick Church and ends approximately at 11:30am.  Children will be escorted from the Brick Church to the Parish Hall classrooms by teachers after the Gospel reading, prior to the Rector’s sermon.  Parents can pick up children after the service is over at 11:30am or are free to linger a while for fellowship time before picking up.
 
On the Second Sunday of each month (excluding feast days) Sunday School classroom sessions will not occur.  Instead children will attend the entire 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II Service that is a Family Mass version every second Sunday, celebrated with a short homily geared at younger audiences.  It's a shorter service with children and youth learning about worship in the Episcopal Church by serving as acolytes, lectors, ushers and greeters.  The Second Sunday Family Mass occurs September through June and it has been one our most popular Masses, attended by all ages. 

In addition to Sunday School activities, children of all ages are always welcome to attend our 8:00am Chapel or 10:30am Brick Church Services throughout the year. Children's bulletins, crayons, colored pencils, and paper are available in both the Chapel and the Brick Church.  Please ask an usher if you need any assistance.

Our Sunday School classrooms and Parish Office House are located at:
All Hallows Brick Church - Parish Office House
3600 Solomon's Island Rd
Edgewater, Maryland 21037

Please complete our registration form so your child can participate in our Sunday School activities.  Thank you.
Sunday School Registration form (.doc)

Our curriculum for the 2016/17 program year will be based on information provided from www.livingthegoodnews.com.  Classes are organized into the following age groups:

All Hallows Nursery

The goal of the All Hallows Nursery is to provide children under three with a secure, entertaining, and comfortable environment while giving parents the chance to attend and enjoy the 10:30 service in the Brick Church.
The All Hallows nursery is open beginning at 10:20am on Sunday mornings and remains open for the duration of the 10:30am worship service in the Brick Church every Sunday.  It is located in the Parish House (the building next to the Brick Church) next to the women's restroom.  We have lots of toys and books for the children to play with!  Parents are welcome to stay in the Nursery whenever they would like.  If you have any questions about the Nursery or are interested in volunteering, please contact Katherine Lloyd, our Nursery Coordinator, at jlloydjr3@comcast.net.

Sunday School

After the Gospel reading in the 10:30a.m. Service, children are escorted to the Sunday school introduction in the Fellowship Room at the Parish House.
We teach children Bible basics, differentiating between the younger grades and older elementary, giving older elementary students complex questioning and more advanced activities allowing them to take their Bible knowledge to the next level and relate it to their lives.  Our curriculum for the 2016/17 program year will be based on information provided from www.livingthegoodnews.com.   Music, stories, skits, puppetry, crafts, cooking, and games are some of the things children look forward to on Sunday mornings after their main gathering in the Fellowship room for a special Sunday school opening.  Every third Sunday of the month Ann Buffington will lead art classes in the Parish House on the Brick Church Campus.

Lower Elementary (Pre-K through 2nd grade) - Teachers: Sue Franklin and Lisa Albany

Upper Elementary (3rd through 5th grades) - Teachers:  Michele Allen-Emerson, Erica Johnson, and Julia Oughton

Middle School (6rd through 8th grades) - Teachers:  Paul Dougherty and Meredith McQuoid-Greason

High School = Youth Group - Teachers: Kirsten Deichmann and Meredith McQuoid-Greason (Bible study meetings on one Friday night each month)

Important Dates/Schedule:
September 18, 2016: 1st day of Sunday School
November 6: All Saints Day, Children sing Gospel Hymn
December 18: Pageant practice at Chapel after 10:30 AM service
December 24:  Christmas Eve Pageant (Sunday School children retell the story of Jesus' birth during Mass) 
January 1, 2017:  No Sunday School
February 28:  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
April 9:  No Sunday School, Palm Sunday
April 16:  No Sunday School, Easter Sunday, Egg Hunt
June 4:  Last Day of Sunday School
June 11, 2017:  Final 2nd Sunday Special Family Mass of church program year.

Christian Formation Opportunities For All Ages (September through June)

Lifelong Christian Faith Formation in the Episcopal Church is lifelong growth in the knowledge, service and love of God as followers of Christ and is informed by Scripture, Tradition and Reason.  Through the Episcopal Church, God Invites all people to enter into a prayerful life of worship, continuous learning, and to hear the Word of God through scripture, to honor church teachings, and continually spread the Good News of the risen Christ and ministering to all.

Almost every week you can find parishioners gathering after one of our Services at the Chapel or Brick Church for about 45 minutes to discuss various topics.  The sessions are usually lead by the rector or guest speaker and provide continuous learning opportunities for all.

Christian Formation Opportunities are generally held:
After 8:00am Service at the Chapel on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
After the 1030am Service at the Brick Church on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Check our calendar to confirm the next Christian Formation opportunity.