G.U.T.S.   Youth Group News - Sunday School
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MARY TAYLOR MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

GROWING
UP
TOGETHER
SPIRITUALLY
SEPTEMBER 9TH  RALLY DAY AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Sunday September 9th will kick off the new Sunday School year at 9:00 am!  Sunday School is open to all
ages with classes for our youngest toddlers all the way to adults.  A mailing including the     calendar of
events for the new year will be sent home to all returning families.

Student registration form is enclosed in this issue of the Beacon (also available on our website) so that you
can fill it out and bring it with you on Rally Day.  The day's festivities continue after      worship with an ice
cream social hosted by the Sunday School teachers. Come one, come
all for a sweet treat!

TOP 10 MYTHS ABOUT SUNDAY SCHOOL

10. Sunday School is for grades Kindergarten and up
Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to attend Sunday School in the nursery which is equipped with
a changing table, pack and play, and age appropriate toys.  Parents are welcome to stay or drop off as
desired.  This class is a great way for new parents to meet each other!

9. Sunday School is for kids only
Not so!  Our Adult Sunday School class meets upstairs for Bible study, discussion of current issues, and
fellowship.  Other opportunities for adults include teaching, substitute teaching, assisting with a family
worship service or seasonal special events.  Why not come to church early one week and check out these
adult Sunday School opportunities?

8. If we attend worship services, there's no reason to come to Sunday School
Au contraire!  Here are just a few of the things that happen in Sunday School that don't happen in worship:
Craft projects, letter writing to our homebound members, offering designated for student-selected missions,
games, and Bible trivia!

7. Sunday School is like school and I get enough school during the week
No homework, no tests, no lockers!  Yes fun classmates, yes caring teachers, yes learning more about God,
Jesus, and our faith!

6. Since I can only go once in a while, it's not worth going at all
We are blessed by each and every student and adult who attends whenever they attend.  Families travel, kids
play sports, work schedules happen.  Each Sunday School lesson stands on its own, so attending
occasionally is no problem!

5. Once I'm confirmed, I've graduated from Sunday School
Your spiritual journey continues!  The high school and teenage years bring new challenges for    students.  
Our older students find an opportunity for candid conversation in a safe environment with their peers and
adult leaders.  Lessons may include current events from a Christian perspective.

4. I have to be a Bible scholar to be a Sunday School teacher
God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the called!  We team teach with 2 or more teachers for each class.  
And we equip all teachers with a curriculum, teacher notebook, Safe Sanctuary training, classroom supplies,
and supportive clergy and staff.  We are blessed to teach the faith to the next generation!

3. Sunday School lessons follow the United Methodist lectionary (scriptures used to guide     Sunday worship)
Each Sunday School class follows its own curriculum and teachers have great flexibility in selecting the
desired modules to use from each week's lesson.  Lessons usually include scripture verses and prayers.

2. Professional teachers make the best Sunday School teachers
Imperfect disciples make the best Sunday School teachers, bringing their unique life experience and faith
journey!

1. Only registered students can attend Sunday School
Students are always welcome to invite friends, siblings, cousins, neighbors, sleepover guests to  Sunday
School!  Just like we cast a wide net for our Fall Harvest / Trunk or Treat festival or our Palm Sunday Easter
Egg Hunt, we can cast a wide net on any Sunday morning and be fishers of people!  Adults, that goes for you
too!  Cathy Cono spikkio@optonline.net C: 203-645-2362 .
Sunday School Registration Forms
can be downloaded here:

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