North Suburban Mennonite Church | Libertyville, Illinois
North Suburban Mennonite Church | Libertyville, Illinois
North Suburban Mennonite Church | Libertyville, Illinois
Small group discussion at the retreat
Small group discussion at the retreat

Christian Formation

The Christian formation program, or Sunday school, focuses on five age groups. This arrangement best suits the needs of our group at this time.

  • kindergarten through third grade
  • fourth grade through seventh grade
  • youth (grades 8-12)
  • adult

Sunday school begins at 9:15 am and lasts for about 45 minutes.

MennoMedia has developed new curriculum which is being debuted in September 2014. Gather 'Round will no longer be offered and in its place is Shine: Living in God's Light.

Shine invites our children to wonder and reflect on Bible stories and through activities further explore the Bible story. Each session also includes "peace notes" which include connections to God's vision of shalom along with children being introduced to spiritual practices such as prayer, celebration, and silence.

For our youth, we will focus on different 6-week themes for guiding in living Christianly by using a series available through MennoMedia entitled, Generation Why.

Summer 2014: The Parables of Jesus

During the summer of 2014, we are exploring the parables as an intergenerational activity (age range 8–72) under the leadership of Meg Runyan. And we are doing it in a variety of creative ways, using all sorts of arts and crafts talents—some we didn’t realize we have!

Each Sunday, we read a parable together and are then invited to reflect on it, recording our reactions and ideas in a suggested form. We are always welcome to use our own preferred expression, but a particular medium is suggested. So far, we have been invited to make collages, drawings, paper models or other crafts of the moment, enact a drama, and write poetry or prose. At the end of the individual “work”, we sit in a circle and those who are willing, share the result of their reflection. Most do, and the variety of ideas has been surprising and very inspiring.

For two parables we were particularly encouraged to write or draw. As they lend themselves well to recording, we collected them. In the first case we were invited use any format we prefer, with pencils and crayons. For the second, we were encouraged to tap any form of less common writing: a poem, haiku, limerick, word game, or other verbal interpretation. Here is a compilation of these creative writings and drawings.

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Anne leads children's time
Anne leads children's time