Christian Education

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Sojourners is a child-friendly community. Children are welcome to attend part, or all, of our worship services. There is a specially designated “Time with Children” offered year-round which typically consists of a time of sharing between the pastor and the younger children. For more information on any of the following programs, please contact the church office by email or phone  (434-977-1481).

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Nursery Care

This is provided for infants up to 4 year olds, year round.

 

Children and Youth

Kids learning about OjolaOur Christian Education committee relies on all Sojourners, individuals as well as Social Justice Groups and other formalized groups within our congregation, to design and lead Sunday School activities that engage our children with the issues and values we hold dear. Each month is devoted to one theme and the leaders choose ways to focus on the theme utilizing ideas ranging from art to cooking, service projects to guest speakers. Volunteers are assigned an aide who guides them through the process of planning and carrying out their program with the children (including providing hands-on assistance with the children on the day of the program). Volunteers are recruited year-round.

On the first Sunday of the month we offer Music Sunday, a chance for all the children to have fun with music and rhythm, to learn new songs and to practice the songs to be presented in church. The children are brought back up to church in time for communion.

Backs of two girls side by side watching river

Kids at Pride Picnic

Two girls petting puppy in church entryway

 

We’re known to have an Easter egg hunt…Jackson & Allison Easter 2016

 

Manns Easter 2016

During the summer months the kids continue being engaged with activities on “Summer Sundays.” And they’re encouraged to help with outside projects.

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In July 2015 they came up with a great list of reasons they love God. It’s too good not to share.

 

kids answers part 1kids answers part two

Many Sojourners combine their talents and enthusiasm to put on the Christmas pageant annually. Some years we incorporate live animals into the Nativity story and sometimes favorite stuffed animals are selected to do their part. It’s always one of the year’s highlights.

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Angels for Christmas pageant

 

Pageant with artwork

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Renovated Sunday School Space

In 2014 a few inspired Sojourners volunteered their time and talent  to create a new Sunday School space on the lower level. In early August, the congregation got its first look and the response that day and since has been enthusiastic. The younger children enjoy the oversized pillows and puppet stage section while the older kids (and adults) spend time hanging out in the lounge area.