Preparing the Way
“The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own; not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own; not to give them a definite amount of knowledge, but to inspire a fervent love of truth; not to form an outward regularity, but to touch inward springs; not to bind them by ineradicable prejudices to our particular sect or peculiar notions, but to prepare them for impartial, conscientious judging of whatever subjects may be offered to their decision; not to burden the memory, but to quicken and strengthen the power of thought; not to impose religion upon them in the form of arbitrary rules, but to awaken the conscience, the moral discernment. In a word, the great end is to awaken the soul, to excite and cherish spiritual life.” –William Ellery Channing
Under the direction of our youth minister, Anne Schmidt with the dedicated help of our teachers, we are planning a wonderful and exciting year for our church school program. School begins Sunday at 9:45 a.m., when we meet as a complete Church School family for announcements and a short prayer. Children will then be escorted to classrooms by teaching assistants. Children will also be escorted by teachers or assistants over to church before the start of communion.
Sunday School is an important way for our children to grow in knowledge of God’s love. It also provides children with a sense of belonging, knowing the important part they hold in our church family.
Get the Sunday School registration form online by clicking on the link below. This form can be printed and completed and brought into the parish office, or mailed to Church of the Messiah, P.O Box 248, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.