Sunday School
Leader: Megan Murphy
Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
For us at Stony Brook Community Church as for Jesus, children are a source of wonder, joy, and pride. Our Children and Youth program is designed to offer all children a chance to grow in the knowledge and traditions of our faith; a chance to live their faith by working to spread God’s love in the world; and a chance for fun and fellowship.
All children start out in worship with their families or friends and remain through a special children’s sermon, “Learning with the Young.” Children are certainly welcome to remain through the service, but most choose to leave after the children’s sermon and attend Sunday School. There through songs, discussions, and activities the children learn about the same liturgical Bible passages as their friends or parents are hearing in the service: children and adults can each ask questions or discuss thoughts, knowing that everyone has heard the same passages.
For older youth there is Confirmation, a class that lasts throughout the school year and prepares the young person to make informed decisions about his or her religious life, followed by the United Methodist Youth Fellowship.
And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth,
when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,
you were doing it to me!
Children of all ages have opportunities to express their growing faith through their works. Even the youngest children can understand and donate pennies to Carlos, a young Mexican boy, through their Pennies for Heaven project. The children make and send birthday and other cards to Carlos, and have experienced a bit of Carlos’s culture through such activities as Mexican crafts and a Mexican meal. Some of the children have chosen to make “Beady Buddies” or other crafts to sell at the church’s annual Apple Festival, raising additional money in the fall when Carlos has school expenses.
Older youth in the United Methodist Youth Fellowship organize and run more sophisticated fund raisers such as a car wash. After raising the money they decide which organization they wish to support: this years finalists are Make-a-Wish, Habitat for Humanity, and Autism Speaks. Stop by in late spring (or visit the Stony Brook Community Church UMYF on Facebook) to learn which organization won!
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
 the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Fun and fellowship is of course a key part of growing up in the church. Sunday School classes are full of music and activities designed to be age-appropriate fun. A summer camping trip in the Catskills is a highlight for the Youth Fellowship; an overnight retreat is a climax for the Confirmation Class. The church’s many traditions such as the Apple Festival, the Great Pumpkin Festival, and the Easter Party are fun for all ages. All Children and Youth activities are led by screened adults chosen for their love of and ability to relate to young people, while Children and Youth Coordinator Brianne Britano has the professional training to sensitively meet any special needs a child may have (please see the staff page for details).

  May 2018  
Bible Search