KAIROS (Church School)
Our Kairos church school program is offered on Sunday mornings during our 10am service - September through the end of May. We begin at 9:45am with Welcoming Time and classes begin at 10am. The foundation of our curriculum is Godly Play. ALL grades will join their families during the Peace.
WHAT IS KAIROS?
Kairos is the Greek word meaning "God's Time"; a very appropriate name for St. Matthew's church school program for ages 4 years through 8th grade.
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If you would like to REGISTER your child for the program, please complete our online registration form HERE. Please note: Children are invited to begin attending Kairos classes at age 4 yrs (must be 4 as of October 1st and able to take care of their bathroom needs, thank you!).
Should you have any questions, please contact our Director of Children’s Ministries, Lori Cooper, at Kairos@stmatthewspennington.org. Thank you!
The Foundation of our Curriculum is Godly Play
Jerome W. Berryman, the creator of Godly Play, is an Episcopal priest and the Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood. Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach to children's spiritual formation.
The curriculum and activities focus on the teachings of the Bible and how to live as kind, caring, good and thoughtful people of God in this big world. Lessons are tailored for each of the age groups and help to build and foster their knowledge and understanding of our faith. The lesson plans for the year are thoughtfully arranged so that each week builds upon the previous week’s teachings.
Our Sunday mornings begin by gathering around our Christ candle; the candle that we light to remind us that God is with us in our sacred space. We take turns passing our prayer heart from hand to hand as each person shares what is on their heart, or takes a moment of silence. This is our morning’s unique prayer. We then share the prayer that Jesus gave to us, the LORD’s prayer. Next, we share the lesson. Each grade has a lesson plan for the year.
Our curriculum incorporates Godly Play*, as well as original lessons written by our Director of Children’s Ministries, Lori Cooper for grades P2 – 6th and lessons written by our 7th & 8th grade lead teacher, Tim Cooper for his class. In addition to lessons, each grade enjoys art response time or activities that relate to their lessons, special projects throughout the year and participation in our Family Worship Services. Family Worship Services offer our children the experience of worship participation beyond the pews. Our youth have ongoing participation in serving weekly as acolytes and certain Sundays as part of our children’s choir. On Family Worship Sundays, our youth participate as ushers and readers as well. These opportunities allow our children to build confidence and character surrounded by a loving and supportive church family.
Kairos is more than church school, more than Christian education. It is a time for children to build relationships with other children in their faith family. It is a time for children to build relationships with teens and adults beyond their core family who care about them and support them on their faith journey. It is a time to discover how to live their faith and make a positive difference in the world. It is God’s Time.
sample lessons/activities from each grade
- Primary-Second Grade (P2): Jesus and the Storm. The activity will be creating a stormy sea (of blue fabric) and then calling out “BE STILL!” to calm the storm.
- Third/Fourth Grade: Music of the Heart: A Lesson on the Psalms. The activity will be creating a watercolor mural on diffusion paper using colors that express the feelings evoked while reading the psalms.
- Fifth/Sixth Grade: A Lesson on the Parables. The class will work together to create their own parable including making the lesson pieces needed to tell their story.
- Seventh/Eighth Grade: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit: The Sermon on the Mount. Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount is demanding but with God all things are possible. The activity is “It’s All in the Straw”. The class is given a seemingly impossible task, but with brainstorming and creativity, they will successfully complete it.
2016 Eucharist Instruction
2016 - Mother's Day
We welcome children to St. Matthew’s Church and the Kairos program at any time throughout the year. If you are interested in finding out more about the program, would like to see our classrooms and materials, please contact Lori Cooper, the Director of Children’s Ministries, at email@example.com or 609-737-0985.
If you would like to REGISTER your child for the program, please complete our online registration form HERE.
Primary/First/Second Grade: Classroom A (first floor)
Third/Fourth Grade: Classroom D (downstairs)
Fifth/Sixth Grade: Classroom C (first floor)
Seventh/Eighth Grade: Library (first floor)
Click HERE to learn more about Godly Play!
Nursery and Kairos Sick Policy: In the hopes of reducing the spread of illness among our children, their caregivers and teachers, we ask that you be very thoughtful before bringing a child who is or has recently been sick into the nursery or a classroom.
Our sick policy follows that of our school district:
- Child should be completely fever free for 24 hours
- Child should have no intestinal/stomach issues for 24 hours
- No goopy noses or coughs
- No red eyes with discharge
*Godly Play is a term coined by Jerome Berryman, Episcopal priest, Retired Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood (currently Senior Fellow of CTC) and creator of Godly Play, to describe an approach to children's spiritual formation that is based on creating a sacred space in which to present the stories of our faith, wonder about them together, and then allow the children open-ended opportunities, usually with art supplies, to engage the story on their own terms.