At Roland Park, being a smaller congregation affords us the opportunity to be flexible- to be unafraid to try new things, to stretch ourselves to the limits of our imaginations. Our Sunday School program strives to address the learning and formation of all of our members in fresh ways.
On a typical Sunday morning, we hold an Education for All ages hour from 9-10am. During this time we break into groups by age. There are classes for nursery age, primary age (grades k-2), elementary age (grades 3-5), middle school and upper school ages, as well as an adult education class. Our students’ curricula centers around following the same narrative lectionary that we are following in worship, with developmentally appropriate lessons for each age specifically prepared for our congregation by an experienced educator and pastor. Throughout their classes, the children will experience God’s story through many channels: story, music, activity and service.
We then gather for worship at 10:30 AM as one congregation, all ages together. We strive to make worship meaningful for all in attendance. Often, we include interactive worship stations for the whole congregation, as a way to actively engage different types of learners in worship. During the service, there may be a “Time For All God’s Children”, when the youngest among us are invited forward for a special talk about the day’s theme or the scripture reading. After this time, students from Kindergarten to 2nd Grade briefly leave the sanctuary and are given their own age-appropriate way to experience God and learn about the purpose of worship. Other children are invited to choose a worship aid (which include coloring materials, special puzzles and games relating to the day, “fidgets”- things to keep hands busy so minds can be open and focused, art supplies, storybooks, and Children’s Bibles) to take back to their seats. We believe that the best way for youngsters to find their place in church is through worshiping with their church family.