During the COVID-19 pandemic, Fr. Jeff and his wife, Kerry Hual, have been preparing monthly activity bags for children and their parents to enjoy together during the months that comprise the church’s academic year. Each monthly activity package comes with a new theme tied to the liturgical seasons: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost. This will carry us through the winter and spring semester of 2021. If your family would like to participate, simply email Fr. Jeff at [email protected].
In a typical (non-pandemic) year, Sunday School at All Hallows is open to children aged 3–17 years. Our curriculum for elementary-aged students is designed to instill children with an innate understanding of the basic concepts of the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The curriculum for children in grades 6–12 is a directed, discussion-based study of various books of the Bible.
Children and youth arrive at the parish house at 9:45 am for Sunday School, which lasts until just before the 10:30 Eucharist service. While children are in class, Fr. Jeff offers a drop-in forum for parents and other adults, who are invited to join him for coffee and a topical discussion relating the eternal word of the Gospel to the current events of the day.
During the 10:30 service Gospel hymn, elementary-aged children depart to attend their own Children’s Chapel service in the parish house, which includes songs, readings, prayers, and a children’s sermon drawn from the lectionary for the week. They then return to the church service in time for Holy Communion with their parents or guardians.
Our Sunday School pattern follows a modified academic-year schedule, beginning in late September and continuing until the Parish picnic held in late May or early June, with a semester break after Christmas while schools are closed for the holidays. Children’s Chapel continues throughout the summer months and the Christmas break.