Church school lessons this year will be from Illustrated Ministries, Compassion Camp! It is an At-Home/Virtual VBS/or in-person curriculum where kids and their families can explore what it means to have compassion for others, ourselves, and the world. If you are worshiping from home and have children who would like to participate in Sunday School, please let us know! We can send the Compassion Camp Family packet to you so you can learn and teach at home.


At the Table: Luke 15:11-35

To the Neighbor: Mark 2:1-12

For Myself: Mark 12:28-31 and Deuteronomy 6

Along the Way: Ruth 1:1-22

With the World: Leviticus 25


Compassion at the Table


Compassion helps us see and welcome. To see and welcome is how we accept one another. When we gather together at the table, we accept each other in the same way God accepts us. Children will practice recognizing and sharing in the feelings of others as well as connecting with their own bodies/emotions. Through the parable of the father and the two brothers in Luke 15:11-32, children will witness how compassion empowers us to release any anger and judgment we may hold toward others, ourselves, and the world for not being what we wanted or needed. Children will learn how compassion inspires seeing, forgiveness, and welcoming


Compassion for Myself


Compassion helps us to love ourselves. It means showing gentleness and kindness to ourselves in heart, soul, mind, and strength. When we pay attention to and honor our own selves, we experience how God sees and loves us. Through Jesus’ teaching of an ancient Hebrew commandment, the children will experience self-love as an essential form of compassion. Children will practice affirming themselves through word and body, seeing how doing so connects them to God’s Spirit within.


Compassion to the Neighbor


Compassion helps us be brave. To be brave is letting God help us see and reach out to our neighbor. When we reach out to our neighbor, we experience the miracle of God’s power to restore and make our community whole. Through the gospel story of friends bringing their friend on a mat to Jesus, the children will witness how compassion often requires risk. Children will learn the ways compassion calls for focus - we keep our eyes on Jesus, even as others might misunderstand or judge our actions.


Compassion helps us be present with each other


When we follow God’s Spirit - which is always on the move - and are open to the people we encounter along the way, they can experience God’s Spirit through our care. Through the testimony of Ruth, Orpah, and Naomi, children will witness how compassion involves deep trust, an open mind, and a soft heart. Children will learn that being present with each other asks us to let go of our expectations, be flexible, and trust the Spirit, as we seek to lead compassionate lives.


Compassion Gives us a Fresh Start


By creating fresh starts, we work with God to care for all and participate in the holy work of renewal so all may joyfully gather at the table together, receiving God’s abundance. Through hearing God’s instruction in Leviticus 25, the children will learn the meaning and history of “Jubilee.” Children will see how rest/sabbath, fresh starts, and taking care of one another are all important forms of compassion and justice.