Magazine article Anglican Journal

Sunday School Mice

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Sunday School Mice

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THIS SEPTEMBER, Sunday school teachers in the Anglican Church of Canada will have a comprehensive new online resource to teach the gospel to children.

Designed in recognition of the shortage of Sunday school teachers, the curriculum takes a one-room-schoolhouse approach, in which youngsters from five to it can be taught by one teacher. Importantly, it fulfills two of the Anglican Communion's Five Marks of Mission: to proclaim the good news of the kingdom; and to teach, baptize and nurture new believers.

The new curriculum grew out of last year's Sunday school contest, an initiative of General Synod launched in August 2011. It offers detailed and layered lesson plans for Sundays from September to June with a working title of The Compendium of the Church Mouse.

Teachers across Canada were asked to submit their ideas for bringing the Marks of Mission to life in their Sunday classes. The four winners--one from each ecclesiastical province--were brought to Toronto last November to attend a weekend workshop led by a top facilitator.

Kate Newman, principal developer of the curriculum, is a veteran teacher in British Columbia's secular education system, and for 12 years a Sunday school teacher at Vancouver's Christ Church Cathedral. …

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