The atriums are abuzz with all kinds of activities, artwork, and spiritual conversations.
Level 1: Ages 4 - Kindergarten
Catechist: Suzanne Dorsch
As the church begins the Lenten season, the youngest members of our church family prepare by discovering what Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven was like! Pictured, you will see the group gathered to hear the Parable of the Leavened Bread. They are starting to discover why Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven to the yeast that the woman took and worked into the flour. If you have not had the chance to read this parable lately, take the time to read it with your child and wonder with him or her as to why Jesus would use this image to teach (Matthew 13:33, Luke 13:20-21). Listen closely, you will be amazed at your child's answers!
Level 2: Ages 6-8
Catechist: Cheryl Dorsch
The 6-8 year olds are building their own model of Jerusalem using sugar cubes. We will be using our models to locate the events Jesus endured during “Passion Week” starting in order with: Palm Sunday; Maundy Thursday; Last Supper; Jesus’ arrest; Jesus’ trial; His Crucifixion; Burial; and Resurrection. We took a visit to Level 3 (Claire Cross) to learn about the plaques, that took place during the Exodus from Egypt into Israel. The children are now making the connection with Passover and The Last Supper. They enjoyed the presentations by the older students. We all learned a lot.
Level 3: Ages 9- 6th grade
Catechist: Claire Cross
The truth that God always keeps his promises continues to come up as we move along our timeline of salvation history. In a recent study of Moses in Level 3, we’ve seen the fulfillment of the promises God made Abraham that his descendants would endure four centuries of bondage (Genesis 15:13-14) but that they would eventually be delivered and given their own land (Deut. 1:8). We’ve learned about the birth and life of Moses and his call by God at the appointed time to be the leader of the Hebrew people out of their long enslavement in Egypt, a polytheistic land ruled by pharaohs who themselves were considered divine by the Egyptians. The students illustrated each of the plagues (see photo of one of these—the plague of the gnats) that God sent upon hard hearted Pharaoh, who did not want to let the people go, and shared them with the Level 2 students. We read that God’s desire was for His people to worship Him and for a deeper relationship with Him to be established. We also noted that, with the plagues, God wanted the Egyptians to see His absolute superiority and sovereignty over the gods of Egypt so that the Egyptians, too, might believe in Him. One student expressed this well after seeing a picture of the ninth plague of three days of darkness that neither the revered Egyptian sun god nor Pharaoh himself could overcome: “If the people could see that even one of the Egyptians’ gods didn’t exist, it would be logical that all the other gods didn’t exist as well. Then they could see that Pharaoh wasn’t a god himself and not worthy of worship.” As we enter into the Lenten season, we will conclude our discussion of Moses with the significance and symbolism of the Passover and its connection to Easter.
Level 4:Ages 7th - 9th grade
Catechist: Lisa Cadora
Middle and High School students work with Catechists Lindsay Drone and Lisa Cadora to put together a chronology of Christ's life and ministry according to the four Gospels. Questions about audience, purpose, date of writing, and background of the authors are explored, as we notice differences in the four accounts.