Christian Education at John Knox is a mission to "KNOW, GROW, and SHOW God's love."
(Christian Education) is held during the school year at 9:15 am.
For the youth the curriculum involves hands-on activities
to help the children learn Bible stories.
We have two classes K-3rd grade and 4th-8th grade
Sundary school ends June 11, 2017.
On most Sundays in the summer, the children will visit the Sunday School plot in the Community Garden and learn about taking care of God's creation and growing healthy food to share with the church family and the Keizer Community Food Bank.
Adult Education is offered during the school year on a variety of topics. Class is open to everyone and is held in a warm inviting atmosphere. Class members are given the choice to participate verbally or to participate by simply listening and absorbing.
The younger youth will be using Rotation.org Workshop Model lessons from now through the end of the church school year titled EMMAUS WALK. We aim to help the children:
Understand that Jesus revealed himself in breaking the bread and continues to be revealed in the sacrament of communion.
Explore the idea of walking with Jesus and our continuing faith journey
Explore the idea of recognizing Jesus : how do we "see" Jesus today in everyone we encounter?
Explore the idea of welcoming strangers: how do we greet and share our Story with them?
Explore the idea of supporting each other in mourning (times of grief): how these disciples supported each other and were able to welcome that stranger even in their grief.
Explore our response to evangelism: when our hearts burn within us, we must go and tell others.
Locate the story in the Gospel of Luke.
Retell the Emmaus story.
The older youth will be practicing with the bell choir prior to joining lessons.
THE ROAD TO EMMAUS
In Sunday School on the second through fifth Sundays of Lent, the children focused on Lent – and specifically what we want to do during Lent – grow closer to God, and walk with Jesus on the way to the cross. The children looked at the idea of giving up something for Lent, and substituting something good in its place. They used the acronym of LENT to help remember the things they were giving up and the things they were going to practice instead.
L: Lies & Love
E: Envy & Encouragement
N: Nothing & Never Give Up (on God)
T: Temptation & Trust For Holy Week
Every Sunday, the children placed slips of paper with their words under the rocks in the path on the way to the cross. Then, on Palm Sunday, after they gathered the palms from the congregation, the children placed their paper palms on the path where Jesus is walking toward the cross. On Easter, the children saw the tomb covered with a rock, and then saw a shining empty tomb – because Jesus is risen and lives in our hearts!
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT - PDA SUNDAY
FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
Everyone is welcome to join us or simply listen as we prepare music to honor God during worship. Opportunities also exist for special music such as solos, small groups and instrumental offerings. The choir takes a break during the summer. Our Music Director is Anna Robinson, who is also the director of Salem Community Chorus and a music teacher in the Salem-Keizer School District.
Bell choir is open to adults and children (4th grade and up), whether you're a newcomer or an experienced bell ringer. It doesn't take any special training to play the bells. If you're not sure bell ringing is for you - come sit in on a practice. Anna Robinson directs the bell choir.