“Learn where there is wisdom, where there is strength, where there is understanding, so that you may discern where there is length of days, and life, where there is light for the eyes, and peace.
-Baruch 3:14 (NRSV)
St. James’s has a vibrant, carefully-structured, and well supported Church School program. Students between the ages of 3 and 18 gather in their cohort groups prior to the beginning of the worship service and encounter Scripture and Theology in refreshing ways. Members of our community committed to Christian Education and skilled in pedagogy prepare lessons and support their ongoing discovery. This year, all of our students will focus on growing in their knowledge of the Bible, Liturgy and Christian History while developing the skills to apply it to their daily lives and decisions. The students are divided into three classes, the lower school (roughly ages 3-8), the middle school (ages 9-12) and the upper school (ages 13-18) with each class taking an approach that meets their developmental and social needs. If you have young ones in your life and would like for them to get a grounded and dynamic Christian moral education, bring them to St. James’s!
- Ages 4 to 10, at Pine Village Preschool, 2067 Mass. Ave (beyond the Hess gas station)
- Ages 11 to 18 at American Friends Service Committee, 2161 Mass. Ave.
Our lower school class takes pre-literacy to early and emerging readers. The teachers are Godly Play trained and implement a Godly play Curriculum with some other complementary pieces to make the “wondering” and “response” times more robust. The children are valued as theologians and active Christians and are empowered to grow into that more fully as they become more familiar and conversant with Christian Narrative.
The Middle School class takes older elementary to pre-teen students and helps them build critical knowledge of the pivotal figures and events in the Old and New Testament. Students in this class go beyond knowing what Moses, Jacob, Jesus or Paul did and come to understand how their actions influenced both the larger Biblical Narrative and history itself. As their ability to analyze and synthesize grows, they are given the opportunity to understand where Christian values are based and their relevance to their daily lives. It’s a fun class that many of our younger ones look forward to!
The Upper School class builds on their Biblical/Narrative foundation in order to develop their understanding of key theological motifs. Students address relevant topics/issues such as September 11th, Facebook, World Poverty, and Medical Ethics while being given the opportunity to consider questions around their own social lives, growth and development. As they make their way towards college years, we help them grow and establish a sense of discipleship that will give them integrity amongst a growing number of social demands. They continue to take part in the overall worship life of the church and even serve as preachers and worship leaders.
St. James’s also does a fair amount of adult education from Bible Study, to Rule of Life classes, Education For Ministry and groups around Spiritual Parenting. We design our programs around the needs and interests of our community and are committed to the formation of every one.
If you have any questions about our Christian Education/Church School program please contact The Rev. Judith Atkinson at email@example.com.