Age 3-grade 2

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Sunday-morning learning classes for kids are offered beginning at age 3, 10:20-11:05 a.m., September through May.

The 3-year-old and Pre-K kids gather on the main level of the education wing. Kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms are on the upper level of the education wing. Newcomers are welcome to join in classroom learning at any time. Stop at the Information Center to help find your way to a classroom.

Spark is our engaging curriculum for young children. Each week, kids open their Bibles and encounter God’s Word. They explore faith through interactive activities and games, colorful lesson leaflets, creative art projects, and engaging music.

Serving is at the heart of the Christian faith. Children engage in hands-on activities that grow hearts for serving. Parents and other volunteers keep ministry with kids humming. Offer up your talents and presence.

Faith milestones

Faith milestones are special markers along the growing-up journey.

Three-year-olds | Start Sunday School Milestone: A late-summer event welcomes three-year-olds and their parents into Sunday-morning learning. It’s a big step into a classroom setting. Each child receives a colorful storybook Bible.

Kindergarten | Discovering Worship Milestone: Kids ask questions and explore St. Paul worship. A monogrammed worship bag for each child adds to the fun family event in the fall.

First grade | Lord’s Prayer Milestone: Children and parents learn together about the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray. One Sunday morning in the spring.

Second grade | 10 Commandments Milestone: Kids discover this gift of God’s love, which provides guidance for navigating life. One Sunday-morning session in spring.

Choirs for kids

Singing is one of the best ways to grow an active faith and a love for church. Starting at age four, St. Paul kids can exercise their vocal cords in a choir. Rehearse on Wednesdays, sing on occasional Sundays in worship. Learn more

Summertime

Ah, sweet summer! Vacation Bible School is the place for kids, age four through grade 5. During a delightful week each June, music, faith, and fun rock the church. In 2020, VBS will be June 15-19.

 

Age 3-grade 2: Pastor Kendra Thompson

Malachi 3:1-4

The Coming Messenger 3 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.[a] 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Hebrews 2:14-18

14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters[a] in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Luke 2:22-40

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;[a] this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.[b] 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon[c] came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon[d] took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant[e] in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon[f] blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna[g] the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child[h] to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. The Return to Nazareth 39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.