Madison Christian Community

Sunday School

We welcome children of all ages to be a part of our faith
formation programs!

Welcome to Sunday School!
We are constantly (casually) evaluating and updating our Sunday School program to make sure it fits the needs of our community as well as improve it to be the best program our community is able to offer. We have found great success with Rotation Model Sunday School and will continue with it this year for grades K-6 with a few tweaks. Rotation Model is where a regular group of children (grouped by age here) rotate through a series of stations to learn about the Bible story. New this year, we will have a three-week rotation unit, large group time for thematic introductions, music, and games, as well as three 30-minute stations: STORY, CREATE, and MOVE.

The Middle School class, grades 7 & 8, will continue with its own unique rotation: Service, Cooking, Puppets, and Games.

We always welcome new volunteers! Time commitments vary from an hour every week to 30 minutes every once in a while. If you enjoy children, we can find a role that will fit your schedule! Contact Jen Streit or Alyssa Sellwood if you are interested in volunteering or learning more. But you know what?! It’s just plain FUN! Most volunteers are very satisfied with their experiences: they rave about how easy it is, how much they learned from the children, and what a fun time they had!

Rotation Sunday School
Birth-8th grade, students explore scripture through various activities in large and small groups. We could still use a few more volunteers: Shepherds, station leaders, and snack bringers. Sign up through “Your Profile” on the MSP or by contacting Jen Streit.

Shepherds build relationships with the same group of children for the year; volunteer 2-4 times/month. Stations Leaders plan 30 minute lessons/activities for one of three stations: Story, Move, and/or Create. Jen sends ideas from which you plan your lesson; volunteer as often or a little as you like! GREAT for folks who travel. Snack volunteers bring snack for 40 children as often or as little as you like! Registration information for students is available at church.

Sunday School Volunteer Needs
Birth – 4K (20 minute lesson)
Elementary (Snack; 15 min - Music, Move; 30 min - Story, Create)
Middle School (30-45 min – games, activity, puppets, community service, cooking) A good Middle School helper is a calm presence who is genuinely interested in the youth. No special skills required – just be Authentic, Available, and Affirming! The lead teacher will plan and orchestrate the lesson.

Click the Volunteer button to sign up for Sunday School Volunteer opportunities.


Scenes from Sunday School May, 2017
Sunday School May 2017Sunday School May 2017

An oversized THANK YOU to Julie Krbec, for being the MCC’s Nursery Coordinator for the past 8+ years! Julie has been ready to pass the torch for a few years, yet she has been so dedicated to the children and parents of the MCC that she has stayed on as our faithful and diligent Nursery Coordinator much longer than her children have used the nursery – and always with her bright, cheerful smile and kind, bubbly personality. Julie was involved with the hiring of the past 3(?) nursery employees, maintaining a great selection of toys, and ensuring that the nursery was properly staffed each Sunday.

Jen Streit will be absorbing the main duties of the Nursery Coordinator as no volunteers have emerged, and it seems to make sense to fall under Children and Family Ministry. Julie and Jen met to brainstorm creative ways to cover all the responsibilities involved. Julie will happily volunteer consulting services as future needs arise (whew! and hooray!!).

Another oversized THANK YOU Sarabeth Hall who has been our Nursery Worker for the past 4 years! Sarabeth has cared for our youngest MCC members with kindness and gentleness. She has been responsible and reliable. The children have really enjoyed her care; and the parents have appreciated feeling safe leaving their children in her care. She leaves us to pursue graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Minnesota.

The Personnel Committee is working on posting the position, so that we have time to find an excellent candidate who might stick around as long as Sarabeth!

Children in Worship
Lent and Holy Week offered so many wonderful opportunities for children in worship. Children engaged with the story of Lazarus in worship at Hope. On our way to Communion, they tore up the bandages that symbolized the things that bind us and freed us like Jesus to Lazarus. A truly beautiful and holy experience! The children led us into Holy Week with a spirited Palm Sunday procession that led into a powerful worship experience that centered on “The Risk to Confront Power.” A delightful crowd helped Pastor Nick to ponder over where Jesus could be at the 10:15am Easter service.

Rotation Sunday School Updates

  • Online Registration! Click here:
  • Age groupings: Birth-4yrs, K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th (middle school)
  • Birth-4 class will be a Preschool CoOp Sunday School Class that will meet in the Middleton Preschool area. Parents will take turns leading simple, age-appropriate lessons. Structure will be free play, story, simple activity or game, snack, free play. If you need childcare during the Sunday School hour, your child will be a part of this class – our nursery worker will be there regularly. For ages 2 and under, we recommend having a parent stay with the child until the child can participate in the structure of the class with minimal assistance.
  • Middle School will have its own rotation schedule and set of activities: 1st Sunday of the month – puppets 2nd Sunday – service project 3rd Sunday – cooking 4th Sunday – games/activity
  • 9th graders and older are welcomed to sign up to be helpers or lead stations
  • Parent Hour/Let’s Talk will continue in a new location downstairs – stay tuned!

Shepherds (the adults who are with the children regularly – primary job is to get to know them)
Birth-4 CoOp: Sarabeth Hall, Maria (HS), + Parents
K-2: Alyssa Sellwood, Gina Utrie, Maca Lynch-Kattman, Iris (HS), Tyler (HS)
3-5: Julie Krbec, JoAnne Streit, Edd & Natalie Hellmer, Yohana (HS)
MS: Amy Huff, Ann Miller-Holman, Nicky McElfresh

November, 2016. Click image to enlarge.
November 2016November 2016

Preschool (age 3) - 8th Grade
High School Youth are also welcomed to teach Sunday School.
Click here for other Middle and High School Youth Group activities

Adult Education
Adults meet upstairs in the Covenant room.
Click here for Adult Ed topic schedule.

Let’s Talk: New Name for Parent Hour
Same Great Discussion
2nd Sundays from 9am-10am

Click here to learn more.

Family Library
The family library is located in the common area of the lower level. Please feel free to check books out to enjoy. Directions on how to do so are located on the top of the book-shelf with the card box.  Click here for more information.

Remember All Those Quarters!
Here is what all those quarters did to help others.
5 Goats! ($120 each)
1 Flock of Hope (chickens, ducks, or geese) ($20 each)
2 Flocks of Chicks ($20 each)
$10 Where it is needed most!

Summer Camp!
Here are some links to Lutheran and UCC summer camps in Wisconsin that offer many pro-grams for children and families, ranging from 1 to 5 days:
Bethel Horizons, Dodgeville
Crossways Camping Ministries: Imago Dei Village, Clintonville; Pine Lake Camp, Waupaca; Waypost, Hatley
Lutherdale Bible Camp, Elkhorn
Sugar Creek Bible Camp, Ferryville
United Church of Christ Camps: Pilgrim Center, Ripon and Moon Beach, St. Germaine

Sunday School

Caterpillars to Butterflies

Tobogganing 2016Photos from Family Tobogganing @ Lutherdale Camp taken by Alyssa Sellwood & Nick Utphall

Picture Gallery
Click here for more pictures

Our Place in God's World: Garden Curriculum
Click the links below to download portions of the curriculum.
God's World 1         God's World 3          God's World 6
God's World 2         God's World 4          God's World 7
God's World 2a       God's World 5          God's World 8

Volunteer Opportunities!
(contact Jen Streit if interested):
Library data entry – come in once a month for approx. 1 hour to enter new materials into the database. Jen will train and provide support as needed.

Library labels – come in once a month for approx. 1 hour to put labels on the new materials and onto the shelf for checkout. Jen will train and provide guidance.

Families in Worship Task Force – a group of people who will take a look at how the MCC welcomes families into the fold, investigate how we can provide more support to families in worship, and take a closer look into family hospitality. A subgroup may work on updating the children’s areas in the sanctuaries.

Parish Protection Program – Did you know that our policy says nothing about internet use and safety? It’s time to update it, and we need your help! Jen has a good start on this with a few people, but it would be really helpful to add a few more insightful people.

ALSO, Where in the World Are You Travelling This Winter/Spring?
If you would be interested in helping us learn about Christians around the world, please email or call Jen Streit to let her know where you are going so we can make a connection. Don’t worry, we won’t take over your itinerary – just maybe a few minutes.

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