St. Bede is home to a strong community of children that range in age from newborns to 12 years old, and it’s vital to us that they feel like the important members they are. You’ll find them throughout the worship space, including some of the very front pews. Sometimes they might make a little noise. We’re okay with that.
SUNDAY SCHOOL REPORT – 2020
Our loving Lord Jesus has truly blessed the Sunday school of the St Bede Anglican Church. He has been with us throughout last year despite COVID-19 affecting countless people. Praise God for all His mighty works. At present, we have a total strength of 18 students. James Pothirajulu as the children’s music ministry coordinator leads us with the praise and worship. He has also started a children’s band at Sunday school, which is developing well.
We have been following the “Resource Well” scheme recommended by Pastor Jennifer. James starts the Sunday school with singing, followed by a prayer. I review the previous week’s lesson; next we have Bible reading. Then I explain the lesson in detail with charts, slides, or flannel board. Every two weeks, a memory verse is given to the children to learn. This is followed by a craft.
As our church was closed from March 2020, Sunday school was conducted on YouTube from March 26 to September 13. From October 25, we started Sunday school over Zoom where we have more than 75% attendance every week.
Before in-person services were restricted in March 2020, Pastor Jennifer Schick spoke to the children, blessed them, and sent them to Sunday school, conducted at the Chapel during the 10.30 a.m. service.
On Jan 19, the children were appreciated for their regular attendance and for learning their memory verses. Josh Jeffrey received a certificate and a Bible for regular attendance and for learning his Memory verses regularly and Diya was given a Bible for learning the memory verses.
On Feb 9, the children sang the Beatitudes at the 10.30 a.m. church service.
On Feb 23, a Children’s Vestry Meeting was conducted by Shane and me.
On March 1, the Sunday school children sang Lenten songs at the 10.30 a.m. church service.
From the middle of October, we started practicing for our Christmas Cantata.
On Dec 19, we had our Christmas Cantata where the children enacted a musical play. It was simply awesome! James Pothirajulu got us the play and he directed the show systematically. Pastor Jennifer and I condensed the script. The parents and the children followed James instructions, co-operated with us every step of the way, and finally presented a show which was appreciated by people all over the world. Each and every scene was recorded with green screen without the children ever coming together – which was just unbelievable. We are thankful to the parents for all their efforts in recording each scene. Thanks to James and Karthik for assembling each scene so minutely with their video editing skills.
I once again thank our loving parents for taking the effort in teaching their children their Bible lesson for each week, their memory verses, songs when sent on videos, following craft instructions, and co-operating with us for every request we made.
I thank God for being with our ‘Children`s Ministry’ and guiding us in all our works throughout 2020 in spite of severe restrictions. All praise and glory to God our Heavenly Father.
Malini Lamech Sunday School Superintendent
During normal times before the Pandemic children start with us in the sanctuary and after a time of praise, all children are welcomed to the steps of the altar, where the Pastor has a brief chat about the key messages we’re going to focus on when we read the Scripture. After a prayer, the kids make their way to the Sunday School room, where they hear Bible stories, learn memory verses, make crafts and play games. We have a fantastic teacher on hand, Malini, who leads this ministry, and parents take turns each week helping out. We regroup with the children during coffee hour and hear what they’ve learned and experienced.
Nursery: Once a month, we offer a special nursery program for children who have recently been born up to four years old. This early-years experience focuses on songs, finger plays and stories, much like a drop-in program but with Christian focus. Parents are free to go back up and take part in worship, or to stay and get ideas on how to practice faith at home — even with children who aren’t yet old enough to speak.
Children’s Choir: Music is an integral part of our parish and it is no different with our children’s music ministry. There is, perhaps, no better way to teach children about Jesus than through songs and music.
Through simple songs with catchy tunes, we hope to instill and develop in them a love for music early on. We add some extra fun to the songs with action songs, rhyming words and the like. In addition, we also aim to get them interested in playing musical instruments from a young age. Our five year olds hit the drums hard or go soft on the pianos, our four year olds go to town on the shakers and our older kids of nine or ten try their hands on the Ukulele. By letting them spend time on these instruments, we introduce them to the world of rhythm and beats.
Our goal is to reveal Jesus to them through the words of the songs, the music they imbibe and the praises they sing.
Special events for children: Throughout the year we offer special progamming for children, and involve our children in wider parish events. Children perform an annual Christmas pageant at our Christmas cantata as well as take the stage to show off their musical talents.
Each Summer we run a free all-day week-long childrens camp focused on a Biblical story, which is filled with songs, stories and games.
And every few months we have all ages services where the service is geared to all – children and adults alike.