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St. Michael’s Episcopal Church plans Sunday School open house

BRATTLEBORO—St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on Bradley Avenue will have a Sunday School open house outside, under the tent, on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

All are invited to stop by and learn more about Godly Play, Holy Mayhem, and the Youth Discipleship Group, as well as how to register children for Sunday School.

The church has modified and simplified its offerings for children and youth this fall. Its leaders say they are open to being flexible (depending on how things unfold with vaccinations for young children and the delta variant of the Coronavirus) and will take cues from the public schools in the region regarding safety precautions.

For now, the church requires all people to be masked at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

Sunday School offerings

• Godly Play, for children from preschool through fourth-grade, will be offered outside and, for those who wish, Holy Communion will be distributed under the tent. Two pews in the back of the church will be reserved for children and families who prefer to sit in a designated area.

Kids are invited to gather under the tent between 10 to 10:15 a.m. Beginning at 10:15 a.m., there will be a time of song and preparation, followed by a Godly Play story.

The kids will then be taken to the playground for their response/play time. They will return with teachers to the tent by the time of the Peace in the liturgy.

Parents are invited to fetch their children and bring them into the church for Holy Communion there or to remain outside under the tent for it there.

More details about Godly Play from Susan Heimer can be found in the September issue of The Guardian, the church’s newsletter, at bit.ly/629-godly.

• Holy Mayhem, for grades 5–8, will meet in person every other week, from 10:15 a.m., until Holy Communion time (approximately 11 a.m.). Kids are invited to gather under the tent and proceed to their classroom at 10:15. On the weeks when Holy Mayhem is not offered, kids are invited to act as helpers with the Godly Play class.

• Nursery Care, for infants to age 4, has resumed. Kaitlin, who has been a nursery caretaker at St. Michael’s for many years, is now joined by September, a staff member of the Horizon Preschool.

• Youth Discipleship Group (grade 10 and up) will continue to meet on Zoom with some in-person sessions. For more information, contact Jonah Johnson at jonahkonane@gmail.com.

For more information or for questions, contact the Church office at jeanie@stmichaelsvermont.org or 802-254-6048, ext. 104.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #629 (Wednesday, September 8, 2021). This story appeared on page A4.

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