“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15
Primary Grades 1 – 3 | REGISTRATION
The purpose of Sunday School for children of this age is to share a collection of stories about biblical people whom they will hear about repeatedly throughout their lives in the Church. Old Testament prophets spoke harsh messages of judgment that could be frightening for primary-age children. The prophetic view of God as judge can seem dark and menacing. When talking about the stories of the prophets, we emphasize the positive aspects of their work- their courage in speaking out against wrong, their promise of a better future, and their image of a Messiah who would initiate the rule of God. Below are our top ten tips for teaching children how to pray:
- Prayer is just like talking to your mom and dad, but God is in Heaven, not here on earth.
- God hears your every prayer, and even though you can’t see Him, He’s in Heaven listening to you!
- Pray for others, like “Uncle Jack” who is sick.
- God likes to hear from you a lot! You can pray at other times during the day, not just at bedtime.
- Thank God for what He has given you – like your home, your family, your “stuff”.
- Tell God about the things that make you scared or worried.
- Tell God you’re angry! He’ll show you what to do.
- Ask God how He wants you to treat others…like the bully at school.
- Ask God to forgive you of doing wrong to other people, or to their stuff. God is a God of second chances!
- Ask God how you can show His love to other kids or adults.
Intermediate Grades 4 – 6 | REGISTRATION
When you think about it, a great deal of parental and church community intent and effort, along with God’s grace, is required in order for our children to spiritually develop and mature. When our children were baptized, we, as a church community, promised to “proclaim the Gospel to them, in ways that empower them to receive and respond to God’s love.” (Called to Teach and Learn: a Catechetical Guide for the Episcopal Church). Bringing your child to Sunday School to learn about the Gospel is a sign of your support to your child’s spiritual formation.
Outside of our weekly Sunday School hour, there are very limited opportunities in the Vail Valley for children to learn about their faith, values and the uniqueness of being an Episcopalian in a direct, open way. This is what makes ECOT’s Sunday School program so important to your child’s spiritual formation. Unless you are planning on providing instruction at home, your child probably won’t be receiving the knowledge and support he needs. Attending Sunday School on a regular basis can fill this need.
Sunday School is an opportunity for your child to build friendships with other children who share the same Christian beliefs and values. We all know that in the up-coming years, our children will be relying more and more on what their peers think and will turn to them for guidance and advice. For this reason, the Dare to be a Daniel curriculum will be a part of our intermediate curriculum. It will assist them with the inevitable value-based decisions that they will have to make. It comforts me to know that my children have developed lasting friendships within the context of the Sunday School program because these friends may be the friends who inevitably advise my children when they are faced with peer pressure. My hope is that my children will be givers of advice consistent with Christian values, as well. Inviting a friend for a play date after Sunday school is a great way to encourage and strengthen these ties and the probability that these friends will be sought out in times of need. Also, another way of building Sunday School friendships is to ask one of your child’s friends to join us at Sunday School some time.
We have a training class for those interested in serving. For more information, please contact Mary Cotton.
April, 2016 | Frontier Ranch, Buena Vista
Are you excited for Quest? We certainly are and we are building a great team to make it an awesome, uplifting weekend for all of our youth! All youth grades 6th through 12th grade. Weekend activities generally include activities such as zip lining, a ropes course, basketball, singing, and wacky shows that participants create!
Summer Music Bible Camp
ECOT offers a 5 week summer camp program offered to children ages 5 to 11 on Wednesdays in June and July. The objectives of the camp are
- to set a foundation for creating a middle-school choir
- teach and support musicians who will play instruments and percussion at the Christmas Pageant and other special events
- plant seeds of appreciation for Christian music and experience the joy of worshipping through song.
In addition, the children learned about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.