Wanted: Creative Sunday school ideas
Are you a creative person with heaps of energy? Have you taught Sunday school? General Synod is organizing a contest to develop a Marks of Mission Sunday school resource and we want to hear your ideas.
To enter this contest, send us a one-page description of how you would bring the Marks of Mission to life in your Sunday school class. Four winners—one from each ecclesiastical province—will receive a gift for their Sunday school and will be flown to Toronto for a weekend workshop with a top children's educator in November 2011. Together, you will create an exciting new resource to animate the Marks of Mission for kids across Canada.
The Marks of Mission are a framework used to describe and encourage ministry throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion. They have become a priority and passion within the Anglican Church of Canada:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize,and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
Already people across the country have expressed interest in the contest, but have wondered about its open-ended nature.
"The sky is the limit as to what could be developed," said Anglican Video Senior Producer Lisa Barry, a primary organizer of the project. She offered these responses to frequently asked questions:
-Your resource can focus on any or all of the Marks of Mission.
-Your resource will be primarily for elementary school age kids, although broader "youth" resources are welcome as well.
-You don't have to be a theologian to submit an idea.
"There are so many dedicated creative people teaching Sunday school in Anglican churches all across Canada," said Ms. Barry. "Some have big budgets and lots of resources and some have next to nothing. Some have university degrees in theology and some have no formal education. What they all share is a profound commitment to their young students."
Motivated? Inspired? Send your ideas for a Marks of Mission resource by email or post:
Marks of Mission contest
Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2
All submissions must be received by Sept. 16, 2011.