Sunday School Program

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Church of the Ascension has four Sunday school classes for the varying ages of our children and youth.

Registration for our 2016-17 Sunday School year has started. Parents are welcome to register their child and/or youth today through our online form (here). In person registration will begin at the parish on Sunday, September 11th.

The Children and Youth Ministry is currently looking for more teachers for our Sunday School Classes. It’s easy to volunteer and to teach, and the rewards are immeasurable!  For full details of this volunteer position and to apply please check out (here).

Here is a summary of each of our classes:

House of the Good Shepherd (for children ages 3 – 5 years old)
This Sunday school class follows the curricula of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This curriculum is a Montessori-based approach to children’s spiritual development. The teachers and helpers in this class share the goal of creating a peaceful experience and environment for children so that they can fall in love with God. The teaching approach centres on that encouraging the children to wonder at things and discover things on their own, particularly in meeting the need in the child which asks: “Help me to come closer to God by myself.” Each class involves a combination of songs, prayers, short teachings and time for children to work independently or in small groups at activities they choose. Materials in-class, of which many are handmade, are linked to the teachings that the children can use on their own, once they have been introduced to them. These included dioramas based on parables, a small altar, a three-dimensional map of the holy land and more. The children will also be shown a number of practical activities they can do on their own. These are part of our Sunday school because of Montessori’s view that children have a need to learn practical skills as part of their growth as individuals. Arts and crafts will also be a regular part of Sunday school. As well as, children will light candles with careful adult supervision as part of certain prayers and teachings. The teachings in this class emphasize the role of Christ as the Good Shepherd who knows us each by name. Over the course of the year, we will introduce children to the liturgical calendar and the main feast days, to several parables and, at advent, to the some prophecies as well. We will help the children become familiar with the language and symbols of the Eucharist and Baptism and encourage them to explore the related words and materials by themselves so that they sense themselves to be active participants in worship.

Atrium of the Angels (for children ages 6 – 8 years old)
This Sunday school class uses Godly Play as the basis for its curricula. Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach to children’s spiritual development which teaches children the art of using Christian language – parables, sacred stories, silence and liturgical actions – as a means to knowing God, and to talk and/or wrestle with and/or about existential issues (i.e. life, death). The program has a strong emphasis on storytelling, wonder and play. Wondering questions, which reflect on the story told, invite the children to create meaning and understanding about how each of the stories of God’s people connects with the child’s own experience and their relationship with God. Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to teaching which uses play as a way to encounter Holy Sprit, the Creator and the Redeemer.

House of the Renaissance (for youth ages 9 – 12 years old)
This Sunday school class uses a Spark Rotation series, which is geared towards junior youth and an active play approach as its basis for curricula. In this class, the youth delve deeper into the biblical narrative by exploring stories and themes which help us discover “who we are” and “how we interact with the world”. Each week, the youth will discover new depths to a biblical story, through a series of enjoy fun interactive games, drama, science, arts and crafts actives which help them to grow in their faith together. This class is also enriched by the natural talents that the teachers in this course bring to the program, which include: digital arts, bread baking (for the Eucharistic service) and music.

Senior Youth Class (for youth ages 13 – 16 years old)
This Sunday school class explores the Bible in a new and imaginative ways through a modified Lectio Devina approach, geared towards senior youth, as a basis of its curriculum. Each month students explore a Biblical story in greater depth, using reflective questions. Each week, the youth will delve deeper into their understanding of what it means to be a child of God, and what God is calling us to do. Our Senior Youth class aims to help youth gain further insights into into the Bible by discovering meaning and identity in the biblical narrative told.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

children ages 3 – 5 years old, and it follows the curricula of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, with the enrichment of some of the curricula from Godly Play (which emphasizes on storytelling). Both curriculums are a Montessori-based approach to children’s spiritual development. The teachers and helpers in this class share the goal of creating a peaceful experience and environment for children so that they can fall in love with God. The teaching approach centres on that encouraging the children to wonder at things and discover things on their own, particularly in meeting the need in the child which asks: “Help me to come closer to God by myself.”

Each class involves a combination of songs, prayers, short teachings and time for children to work independently or in small groups at activities they choose. Materials in-class, of which many are handmade, are linked to the teachings that the children can use on their own, once they have been introduced to them. These included dioramas based on parables, a small altar, a three-dimensional map of the holy land and more. The children will also be shown a number of practical activities they can do on their own. These are part of our Sunday school because of Montessori’s view that children have a need to learn practical skills as part of their growth as individuals. These activities include (where age appropriate) cutting with scissors, pouring water, sorting beads, plant care, etc. Arts and crafts will also be a regular part of Sunday school. As well as, children will light candles with careful adult supervision as part of certain prayers and teachings.

The teachings in this class emphasize the role of Christ as the Good Shepherd who knows us each by name. Over the course of the year, we will introduce children to the liturgical calendar and the main feast days, to several parables and, at advent, to the some prophecies as well. We will help the children become familiar with the language and symbols of the Eucharist and Baptism and encourage them to explore the related words and materials by themselves so that they sense themselves to be active participants in worship.

 

Atrium of the Angels

This Sunday school class is for children ages 6 – 8 years old, and it uses Godly Play as the basis for its curricula. Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach to children’s spiritual development which teaches children the art of using Christian language – parables, sacred stories, silence and liturgical actions – as a means to knowing God, and to talk and/or wrestle with and/or about existential issues (i.e. life, death). The program has a strong emphasis on storytelling, wonder and play. Wondering questions, which reflect on the story told, invite the children to create meaning and understanding about how each of the stories of God’s people connects with the child’s own experience and their relationship with God. Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to teaching which uses play as a way to encounter Holy Sprit, the Creator and the Redeemer.

 

House of the Renaissance

This Sunday school class is for children ages 9 – 12 years old, and it uses Spark Active Faith Lectionary as the basis for its curricula. The lessons correspond to the Revised Common Lectionary, which allows children to interact with the Bible in every lesson. Each week, the children will explore their Bibles, enjoy fun interactive games, crafts and/or activities, pray and grow and faith together. This class is also enriched by the natural talents that the teachers in this course bring to the program, which include: dramatic arts, bread baking (for the Eucharistic service) and music.

 

Senior Youth Class

This Sunday school class is for youth ages 13+ , and it uses themed units and short films to explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. Each unit begins with a self-reflection and film. Units are structured to unpack tough issues and discuss them openly in an environment which encourages each person to search, question, and join the discussion about what it means to live in our world. Each unit finishes with activity which puts in to practice the lessons learned from the lesson (e.g. Service activity). This class is committed to giving everyone a fresh and compelling look at the teachings of Jesus.

 

Grapevine (Junior Youth Group)

Grapevine is junior youth group co-run by Trinity Anglican Church and Ascension, for children and youth 9 to 12 years old. The group meets on a bi-weekly basis, on the second and fourth Friday of every month. As a group, they meet to deepen their relationships with other children and youth their age, build friend and connect with other churches in the area (e.g. At Deanery events). The goal of the group is not only to practice the teaching of Jesus (e.g. kindness, compassion) but to form an age appropriate faith community for these children and youth.

 

Senior Youth Group

Ascension’s Senior Youth Group is still in its early stages, but consists of youth ages 13 years and up. So far the group has met for community building activities, and participated in the Ottawa Centre Deanery Beach Day, a day of volley ball and swimming with three parishes from the deanery.

 

Ottawa Centre Deanery (OCD) Events

Ottawa Centre Deanery (OCD) Events are events for senior children (9-12 years old) and youth (13 years and up), which included all parishes in the Ottawa Centre Deanery. Although the theme each event is different, the purpose of these events are to build a community amongst youth in the deanery. OCD events occur on a monthly basis. Please check Ascension’s Children and Youth Events board for more information on monthly events.

 

The Open Table

The Open Table is community made up of students and young professionals, supported by ordained ministers, and it welcomes all who desire to exercise and receive Christian hospitality. The community is drawn together by the common desire to love and follow Christ, thus attending the Open Table does not require conformity to any specific doctrine or teaching. They gather together on retreat, seek peace and justice in our time and place, and gather monthly for a meal (on the last Sunday of every month, from September to April) which is open to all. At the Open Table suppers, after dinner there is programing and activities and space for those who wish to take time for reflection and worship.

This is great community for youth looking to meet new people, to explore Christian spirituality or access pastoral support, feel free to pull up a chair and join us.

The Open Table is supported by the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church in Canada and the Ottawa Presbytery of the United Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

List all the Teachers and Helpers for Ascension’s Sunday school program

 

Teachers In House of the Good Shepherd:

Sarah Dingle, Michelle Lawler, Kristen Kirkwood

 

Teachers in Atrium of the Angels:

Tricia Wind, Sonia Williams, Heather Onyschuk

 

Teachers in Senior Youth Class:

Ashley Russell, Carol Miller, Mary Crawford

 

Teachers in House of the Renaissance:

Derek Bianchi Melchin, Andrew Top, Dennis Van Staalduinen

 

Helpers in House of the Good Shepherd:

Kirsten Kirkwood, Sarah-Anne Nethery, Gregoire Ndayizigiye, Elie Nahimana/ Berahino

 

Helpers in Atrium of the Angels:

Lorne Maclean, Denise Ndayizigiye/ Rwobahirya, Madison Donaghy, Sarah Anne Nethery

 

Youth Helpers for the Summer Sunday school program:

Eddy Joseph Bibonimana

Baa John Eric Nimery

Ghislain Jambo Louis Ndayizigiye

Aimee Ligbongbo

Claude Jr. Ligbongbo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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