As we continue to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Faith, we focus on the Sunday School this month. The Sunday School has always been an integral part of the church as it strives to acquaint the children with lessons from the Bible and how to relate those stories and messages with their daily life and help them grow in their faith.
After years of conducting Sunday School classes among the church benches, the merger of the churches created the fellowship hall which also provided class space. Each class had a separate area formed with moveable greenboards. There was additional class space upstairs at the back of what was the St. Paul’s church. During Rev. Maschmeier’s time at Faith, Sunday School was held year round. Pre-Confirmation instruction started during sixth grade. Students would complete a weekly test in addition to their Sunday School lesson. Students each had their own Sunday School workbook or worksheet and would complete the weekly lesson at home prior to Sunday School class. All the classes would gather for an opening service which included singing favorite songs, a prayer, and an offering. Periodically the Sunday School would prepare a song to sing during Sunday Worship.
Each summer there was a week of Vacation Bible School which was an all day program concluding with a program on Friday evening. On Christmas Eve the students presented their Christmas program which consisted of each class reciting a memory verse or Christmas message. This was followed by the pageant, which presented the message of the birth of Christ as the children portrayed Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise men, angels etc. The program ended with the carol sing during which time each student received a bag of goodies. The service concluded with the tradition of singing Silent Night by candlelight.
Throughout the years and as class sizes have varied, changes have been made, but there always has been a time set aside for Sunday School separate from regular Sunday morning worship. Sunday School (now called Kids For Christ) is held during the school-year months. The curriculum used has changed depending on what is available and the class size. We continue to hold VBS during the summer, usually in the evening for one week, and have our program on Friday evening followed by a pie and ice cream social. The Christmas program takes place either the week before Christmas during the Sunday morning worship service or on Christmas Eve. The program still concludes with a carol sing and goodie bags for the students.