Sunday Stories

Welcome to the Sunday School plan developed for Emmanuel Community Church in Calgary Canada. Emmanuel is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Lutheran tradition provides strong foundational principles for teaching children:

Our Sunday School programme implements these principles by applying Montessori education techniques, informed by the work of Montessori religious educators Sophia Cavaletti (The Religious Potential of the Child; The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) Jerome Berryman (Godly Play”, Young Children and Worship) and Sonja Stewart (Young Children and Worship, Following Jesus: More About Young Children and Worship.) We tell the story of Scripture using vivid, beautiful materials that children can touch and see; and then use iconic bookmarkes to directly connect the materials and the stories back to the Bible whence they come. Children choose to use the story materials or high-quality art supplies to work out their own response to the Scripture. Worship songs help the children transition smoothly between the Story Room and the sanctuary.