The Bible is the story of Salvation. God is the main actor and mover as he creates and almost immediately works to redeem and restore His human creature due to our sinful heart and disobedient behavior. Our Christian education program is designed to teach the most relevant and age appropriate Bible stories beginning at age three and concluding with our confirmation program.
Update: In-person Children’s Church and Sunday School is currently on hold for the remainder of 2020. If you are interested in receiving emailed Sunday School materials, including a devotional video, activities, and Bible verses, please contact the church office at email@example.com.
Age 3 – Kindergarten at 9:00 a.m.
During the 9:00 a.m. worship service children from age three through kindergarten come to the front of the sanctuary for an age appropriate message and then proceed to the Community Center for a lesson built around a Bible story or event.
The one-year cycle begins in the fall introducing the creation account, the fall of Adam and Eve into sin and the resulting brokenness and the promise God makes to Abram resulting in the birth of Isaac.
The winter schedule begins with the visitation of the Magi to Bethlehem and tells many of the basic stories about Jesus of Nazareth including miracles over disease and nature and His mission to call and send out disciples as witness to His Divine nature.
The Easter story and events after the resurrection aligns with the calendar until the Pentecost season where the Acts of the Apostles form the basis for lessons during the summer months.
|The Beginning||Genesis 1|
|Cain and Abel||Genesis 4|
|Covenant||Genesis 15:1-8, 12-21|
|Three Visitors||Genesis 18:1-15|
|The Visitation||Matthew 2|
|The Baptism of Jesus||Matthew 3|
|The Temptation of Jesus||Luke 4:1-13|
|Jesus Heals||Luke 4:38-44|
|Jesus Calls Disciples||Luke 5:1-11|
|Lord of the Sabbath||Luke 6:1-11|
|Jesus Sends Out the Twelve||Luke 9:1-9|
|Jesus Feeds the 5000||Luke 9:10-17|
|The Transfiguration||Luke 9:28-36|
|Jesus Sends Out the 72||Luke 10:1-24|
|Jesus Teaches Us to Pray||Luke 11:1-13|
|The Triumphant Entry||Luke 19:28-44|
|The Road to Emmaus||Luke 24:13-34|
|Jesus Appears to the Disciples||Luke 24:36-49|
|The Ascension I||Matthew 28:16-20|
|The Ascension II||Acts 1:1-11|
|Saul’s Conversion||Acts 9|
|Peter Meets Cornelius||Acts 10:23b-48|
|Peter Escapes From Prison||Acts 12:1-19|
|Barnabus and Saul I||Acts 13|
|Barnabus and Saul II||Acts 14|
|Lydia’s Conversion||Acts 16:11-15|
|Paul and Silas in Prison||Acts 16:16-40|
|The Gospel Moves On I||Acts 17-20|
|The Gospel Moves On II||Acts 17-20|
|The Gospel Moves on III||Acts 17-20|
|The Gospel Moves on IV||Acts 17-20|
|Paul Goes to Jerusalem||Acts 21:1-26|
|Paul Arrested||Acts 21:27-22:21|
|Paul Sails for Rome||Acts 27-28:10|
|Paul Arrives in Rome||Acts 28:11-31|
Grades 1 – 3 at 10:30 a.m.
To prepare children for confirmation, we have compiled a series of thematic Bible stories, that, over a three-year rotation, deliver the basis for the catechesis that follows beginning in the fourth grade. Over the three years of grades one through three, students will learn about the Patriarchs, the Exodus, the Wilderness Wanderings, Joshua, Judges and the House of David.
The Gospel of Mark forms the basis for learning the Jesus narrative over two years concluding with the question, “Who is He?” which is answered by the seven “I AM” statements from the Gospel of John.
Sunday School lessons are mixed age and held in the Community Center during the 10:30 a.m. service beginning at 10:35 concluding at 11:30. Sunday School lessons are offered after Labor Day and end before Memorial Day and are not held during vacation weeks and summer worship.
|Abram and Lot||Genesis 13-14|
|The Three Visitors||Genesis 18|
|Abraham Tested||Genesis 22:1-19|
|Isaac and Rebekah||Genesis 24|
|Jacob and Esau||Genesis 25:19-34|
|Jacob’s Dream||Genesis 27-28|
|Jacob Wrestles with God||Genesis 32:22-32|
|Manna and Quail||Exodus 16|
|Water from a Rock||Exodus 17|
|At Sinai||Exodus 19|
|The Torah||Exodus 20|
|The Golden Calf||Exodus 32|
|The Tabernacle||Exodus 36:8-38:31|
|The Beginning of the Gospel||Mark 1|
|Jesus Heals||Mark 2:1-12|
|The Twelve Apostles||Mark 3:13-19|
|Jesus Opposed||Mark 13:20-35|
|Jesus Feeds 4000||Mark 8:1-13|
|Peter’s Confession||Mark 8:27-9:1|
|Triumphant Entry||Mark 11|
|Jesus in Jerusalem||Mark 11:12-19|
|The Greatest Commandment||Mark 12:28-40|
|The Widow’s Offering||Mark 12:41-44|
|The Lord’s Supper||Mark 14:12-26|
St. James Lutheran Church
2050 N. Fremont St., Chicago, IL, 60614
Phone: 773-549-1615 I Fax: 773-326-3645