St. James' Sunday School program is open to children pre-K through 5th grade. Our programs are offered during the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service.
We start our Children's Chapel at 10:10 each
Sunday as we gather together in fellowship with the children sharing sometimes a Bible story or a story about Jesus's teachings in an age
appropriate fashion. We also are fortunate to have Reverend Jon lead us with his guitar in song a few Sundays of the month.
Once we have had our chapel time, the children are taken by their leaders to their age appropriate classroom.
Pre-kindergarten through kindergarten children are in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program in the Atrium. Catechesis is a child-centered experiential program based on the Montessori method that introduces parables, liturgy and prayer in a miniature "church-like" environment.
Grades 1 / 2, 3 / 4, and 5 meet separately with assigned parent volunteer teachers and assistants in designated rooms in the St. James' nursery school and church building. The curriculum is the Episcopal-based "All Things New" program. It is developmentally age-appropriate and uses reading, listening, discussion, arts and crafts, movement, drama and song as avenues for understanding and expression.
Approximately 25 to 35 minutes later we bring the children in to be with their families in church before Eucharist. All children are welcome to be served at the altar with their parents.
There is supervised nursery care for babies, as well as separate toddler care available at St. James' during the Sunday 10 a.m. service, and during special congregational events.
About Sunday School Director Mary Chalon: Sunday School Director Mary Chalon has been an active member of St. James’ for 15 years. During that time she has been a lay reader, Lay Eucharistic Minister, small group leader, vestry member, search committee member, event coordinator, founding Youth Center board member, occasional altar guild member and St. James’ Sunday School teacher when her daughter, Jemma Davis, was younger.
Mary has an extensive background in professional theater and has worked as a professional actress, director and educator on the East Coast, West Coast and major cities in the United States. She is associate director as well as artistic director of Parsons Nose Productions, with her husband Lance Davis, a professional actor and writer. PNP is a professional 501C3 theater company dedicated to adapting classic theater for family audiences in the greater Los Angeles area.
Mary has a Bachelors in Theater Education from Emerson College, and has done postgraduate work in speech communication linguistics and family systems. She is currently a part-time graduate student at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena.
Mary Chalon reflects on the lessons of a Sunday morning: click here
A captivated group of Sunday Schoolers listens to Mary Chalon.