Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Monday, August 11, 2014

Big News about St. John's Sunday School for Fall 2014

We cannot emphasize how important it is that we educate our youth (and not only our youth but adults as well) in the foundations of our faith!
The Children’s Chapel and Sunday School program will be merged.  All children will begin the service downstairs in the Children’s Chapel location (with acolytes joining after the opening procession).
THERE WILL BE AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING HELD ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, after the 10:00 AM service to discuss the new curriculum and format.  It is hoped that all parents will take 15 minutes on this day to check in with us.  The Sunday before we will have a teachers’ meeting.  If you are interested in helping to teach, please contact Fr. Kelly.
SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS September 14, with a big kick off event – more details to follow.
The history of the blessings of St. John’s has been tied up in the Sunday School programs.  From the founding of the parish Sunday School was a priority.  In fact, our founder, Henry Porter Baldwin, was not only the Senior Warden for 34 years, but he was also the Sunday School Superintendent for most of them.  In 1860, when the parish had been worshipping in its new building (now our chapel) for six months, the Sunday School had 28 teachers and 136 children.  By the next year it had 451 children enrolled, and five years later (1866) 727!  Percentage-wise, the number of children of Sunday School age now, compared to the number of total parishioners is about the same now as in the 1920s.  We have 61 children of Sunday School age on our mailing list.  The move to this new timeslot should increase attendance since they should be here for Church every Sunday anyway.
More information will be coming about the Adult Education programming in the coming weeks.
See you in Sunday School!