St. John's uses the The Sunday Paper series as learning materials for our Sunday School classes. The lessons track with the Revised Common Lectionary, a three-year cycle of Bible readings used in our liturgy.
"The Sunday Paper is informal, whimsical, faithful to Scripture, and in dead earnest. It is not condescending or cute. It helps children to acquire a vocabulary of crucial Scriptural images, and to relate the Gospel to the Old Testament, the life of the Church, and their own lives." - The Sunday Paper website
A retired paraeducator, mother, and grandmother, LaDona Selock has the touch when it comes our littlest parishioners - infancy to primary school. In her gentle care, they play, sing, and create while absorbing age-appropriate Bible lessons.
Kim Shafer, a teacher in the Chapman School District, leads religious education for our intermediate age students. Using her teaching experience, crafting skills, and faith, she nurtures this active group of youngsters with her loving spirit.
LaDona and Kim also produce our annual Children's Christmas Program. Heartfelt, charming, always unpredictable, it's a parish favorite.
Each Sunday morning at 9:00 AM in the undercroft Fr. Jerry leads a class in a deeper understanding of one of the lectionary readings for that Sunday. The reading is usually the Gospel but at times a different reading is chosen. Fr. Jerry gives historical context and addresses issues with translation that often complicate our understanding of certain passages.