Church School and Godly Play
Congregational Church of San Mateo
Our Church School is committed to the moral and spiritual development of our children. Through Bible stories, music, worship, crafts and social justice projects, we strive to pass on the historic Christian faith — our legacy of love — to the next generation. Our Church School is based on these principles:
- It is possible to grow in the Christian faith without indoctrination or dogma. We trust that an open-minded, progressive approach to scripture and tradition can inspire a love of God.
- By learning about the life and ministry of Jesus, children are given an example of compassion, justice, faith and love that will guide, inspire and enrich their own lives.
- Social justice is an integral part of the Christian faith, not merely a by-product. We believe when our children learn about the state of the world and its most impoverished, they are becoming Christian in a most basic sense.
Along with our Church School, our entire church seeks to be a safe, fun and nurturing community.
Pastor Laura Barnes and Michelle O'Brien are very excited about exploring sacred stories together through activities, games, and wondering together. Godly Play is a highly interactive and theologically based approach of teaching and learning. This learning method invites the children to listen to the stories and to begin to articulate their own beliefs in response to the open ended time of wondering that follows story time. The art response time, shared feast and closing prayer moments are also ways in which we provide ways for our children to explore their own innate sense of the Divine.
Godly Play in April:
April 6 Faces of Easter I-VII
April 13 Jesus the King (Story of Holy Week)
April 20 Easter Sunday (Easter Festival for children)
April 27 Earth Sabbath; Story of the Drum and Creation
Coming soon: Pentecost; Jesus and the Twelve; Paul’s Discovery
Parents Pages are handed out at the end of the story time, so when you pick up your child you will be able to discuss that day's story with them and ask them some open-ended wondering questions to get the conversation started. There are also specific scripture references included so you can explore the story further with your child.