This fall, our young children will continue with a curriculum that helps them see the Bible as more than a collection of stories but as one big story about Jesus. It’s a narrative that continues from Genesis to Revelation, centered on God’s plan for redemption and filled with stories of heroes as examples to follow, lessons to help us avoid pitfalls and tales of victory that give us strength and hope.
Older children study how God’s redemptive plan is revealed in Scripture as well, with a particular focus on issues facing today’s culture. Classes for junior high and senior high school students help participants read and apply the Bible, grow in their relationship with God and recognize that relationship as vital so it shapes their every decision as they move toward adulthood.
Spotlight on Sunday School for 2- and 3-year-olds
How do you grow a fully-mature disciple of Christ who loves God, loves other people and has a heart for the lost? Start early. VERY early.
Our 2- and 3-year-old Sunday School Class is taught by Henrietta Baziluk, better known as “Grandma Chicken.” She is deeply loved by our children and parents, who are happy to see their little ones eager to learn about Jesus each week.
For those who are wondering, the “Chicken” portion of her “alias” comes from her first name HENrietta, not from any particular affiliation with poultry.
Grandma Chicken and her classroom assistants, Carol Czach and Patty Cooper, help little ones learn about the Bible and Jesus with stories, crafts, songs and structured playtime. Toddlers come to understand that Jesus is the Son of God and that He loves them. They learn to respect the Bible as a very special book and they grow in Christian character with encouragement to share, show kindness, obey rules and cooperate.
Grandma Chicken, who has taught the youngest Sunday School class at EGCC for 20 years, has also sharpened her skills in helping to ease separation anxiety (sometimes the parents are more anxious than the children at first, Henrietta explains with a smile): “I tell parents ‘give it two or three weeks.’ Children learn quickly that Sunday School is a safe, caring place, and by week two or three, it’s become a familiar and comforting setting too,” she said. When asked what’s the most important thing she would like parents to know about the 2- and 3-year old class, she replied “We have fun but that’s not all. We have fun with a purpose. We are dedicated to helping the children to learn about and love Jesus.”