Schedule of Lessons for 2015-2016

Last year (2014-2015) we wandered through the stories of Scripture with an eye toward seeing the whole narrative of Scripture laid out in front of us–the story of God from Creation to the Coming Reign of God.

This year, we will try to pick up a few of the pieces left out last year with our new theme–Prophets, Poets, and Preachers. Throughout the year, we will hear and respond to stories from Scripture and tradition by focusing on stories in which people tell the truth about God, confront those in power with God’s truth, and imagine spaces for hope in particular contexts.

Since several feast days, including Saint Francis, Saint Luke, and All Saints land on Sundays this year, we will begin the year hearing stories about women and men who were faithful to God, preached about God, and witnessed to God’s truth and hope in their respective contexts. Each of these figures is an example of holiness, a witness for the Church, and a challenge to the world. After we work with the stories of Saints, we will turn our attention to Scriptures prophets, poets, and preachers.

Every year–this year is no different–there are stories I would love to do that we have to skip. I try to remember that Holy Family’s children will continue to hear these stories and many others in the liturgy, at VCS, at intergenerational events, and when participating in the disciplines of the Book of Common Prayer or Bible study. Hopefully, they will also explore these stories at home with their families!

Below you will find the list of planned lessons for the 2015-2016 program year at CHF; you can also find these lessons posted on a separate page that you can access anytime this year (find the page in the left sidebar). These lessons are subject to change for scheduling reasons, but effort has been made to offer a complete overview with minimal changes.

Responding to God with Prophets, Poets, and Preachers

Date Lesson Topic
September 13 Greetings in the Name of the Lord, Psalm 1
September 20 Flat Saints Project (Information tba)
September 27 Saint Mary of Magdala
October 4 Saints Francis and Claire of Assisi
October 11 Saints Monica and Augustine of Hippo
October 18 Saint Luke the Evangelist
October 25 Dietrich Bonhoeffer
November 1 All Saints, No Church School
November 8 Nathan Confronts King David (2 Samuel 12:1-3)
November 15  Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath (1 Kings 17: 8-24), Elijah and the Prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:17-40), Elijah and the Whisper (1 Kings 19)
November 22  Amos confronts the people (Amos 5)
November 29 Advent Wreath Intergenerational (No CS)
December 6 Jonah (Jonah 1-4)
December 13  Isaiah speaks of a new future (Isaiah 9, 11)
December 20  Carol Sing (No CS)
December 27 No Church School
January 3 God the potter (Jeremiah 18:1-11)
January 10 Jeremiah purchases land at Anathoth (Jeremiah 32:7-9)
January 17 Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37)
January 24 Ezekiel Imagines the Temple (Ezekiel 40)
January 31 Three Men in the Fire (Daniel 3:1-30)
February 7 Esther Confronts the King (Esther 4-5)
February 14 Anna sees the Savior (Luke 2)
February 21 The Son (John 1)
February 28 Jesus and the Scroll of Isaiah (Luke 4)
March 6 Jesus on Trial/Psalm 13
March 13 The Crucifixion of Christ/Psalm 22
March 20 Palm Sunday Intergenerational (No SS)
March 27 Easter Intergenerational (No SS)
April 3 Jesus is alive—resurrection account
April 10 Mary Magdalene: Preacher of the Resurrection (text tbd)
April 17 The Great Commission
April 24 Stephen: Preacher of Repentance (Acts 6-7)
May 1 Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8)
May 8 Paul preaches in Athens (Acts 17:16-34)
May 15 Pentecost!
May 22 Last day of Church School: Psalm 150
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