Christian Education Ministry The mission of this ministry is to enable all people of the church to learn and grow in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Specifically, the ministry is responsible for:
• Developing & conducting all church school activities, adult education, & youth programs and events • Management of curriculum & supplies • Teacher recruitment & training • Educational & service-oriented pilgrimages for middle school youth & adults
Programs are designed and led by a team that includes members of the Christian Education Ministry, the Pastor, and dedicated volunteers.We have active, ongoing education programs for all age groups. Programs for the children include:
• Sunday School is for children in pre-school through 7th grade. Classes are held during church service each Sunday. Because team teaching is implemented wherever possible, two people share the load. This means that teachers can teach and attend church on alternate Sundays. The Christian Education ministry (specifically including the Sunday School Superintendent) selects curriculum in consultation with the Pastor. Most of the lesson planning is provided to teachers through the curriculum. • Confirmation classes for middle school students. The Pastor leads this effort. A mentor (usually chosen by the Confirmand from among the members of the church) guides each participant through the confirmation process. • Vacation Bible School is held each summer and is attended by children from the church and the surrounding community. Most of the faculty is drawn from our congregation. Again, the curriculum is provided which greatly facilitates the role that teachers play. • Summer single all-age Sunday School classes that are conducted each week. The curriculum is provided and different teachers volunteer for each week. • A traditional Christmas Pageant is held each year. Virtually all the children in the church play some role. The pageant is a highlight of the Christmas season for the church and the entire community of Wayne. The pageant is followed by a dinner that always fills the Parish Hall. • A Youth Group of middle and senior high age students meets on particular Sundays for times of fellowship, learning, and fun. The group also participates in various mission programs and recreational activities including retreats, bowling, and movie nights.
We also have periodic Adult Educational Programs, such as forums on particular issues as well as ongoing education and Adult Bible Study. These sessions provide adults with opportunities to foster Christian relationships, discuss topics of interest, learn, share experiences, and grow together. Some years, a group of adults and the Confirmands go on a week-long Pilgrimage to learn and serve. Past pilgrimages have included trips to Washington D.C. to visit the Holocaust Museum, to Memphis-Nashville to explore Civil Rights history and issues, and to a camp in Ohio to strengthen faith and commitment while building and repairing facilities.
How can I become involved in the Christian Education Ministry?
• Do you want to share your love of Christ with our children? Serve as a Sunday School team teacher.
• Volunteer to serve as a substitute teacher or serve as a teacher for one Sunday during the summer.
• Be part of Vacation Bible School for a day or a week by teaching, assisting, or providing goodies.
• Act as an advisor to the Youth Group or offer to provide transportation to an event.
• Help at the Christmas Pageant to wrangle babies, dress cherubs, gown angels, robe the kings, or quiet the donkey outside the Sanctuary door.
• Volunteer to serve as a mentor to a confirmand.
• Suggest a topic for adult education or attend a Bible study.
SUNDAY SCHOOL RETURNS
Starting Sunday, January 14, 2018, weekly Sunday School will be offered during our 9:30 am worship service. Children will come into the service with their parents, and proceed to their Sunday School class after the children's message. We will be using Abingdgon's Deep Blue One Room Sunday Schoolcurriculum. Childcare will still be offered for younger children.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Saturday, March 4, 11 am
The season of Lent finds us visiting the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center located in Skokie.
The mission of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is perhaps best expressed in their founding principle: Remember the Past, Transform the Future. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide.
We need to guarantee at least 15 attendees and the cost is $15 per person. It will be a guided two hour tour.
We must let them know our final count by Wednesday, Feb. 22. This is a FIRM DEADLINE
If you'd like there will be car pooling and lunch afterwards.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is located at 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie IL
Baha-i Temple Tour - October 29, 2016
The Christian Education Ministry has a fall field trip planned. Join them on Saturday, October 29, as the group travels to Wilmette for a tour of the Baha-i Temple. We'll meet here at church at noon and car pool together for a 1:30 pm tour of the temple and the grounds. It is the oldest surviving Baha-i House of Worship in the world and the only one here in the United States. Look for the sign up sheet in the Parish Hall to RSVP or call the church office.