Hi Beth - Thank you for this update. St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Cape Elizabeth, Maine has also settled into a nice routine. For us, Zoom works well. We like being "live" rather than pre-recorded. There have been a couple of minor glitches but everyone is very understanding and they've been fewer as the weeks have progressed. We're averaging about 18 children from 12+ families. We're not recording or taking screen shots. Age range is age 4 - 6th grade. For this Sunday (Mother's Day) I was inspired by Jan Hanson @ FPC Napa's "I am the bread of life...." lesson plan found @ rotation.org; activities will include ChristianAnswers.Net "I Am Sayings of Jesus" crossword puzzle as well as leading a bread baking activity, so the kids can make their mom a freshly baked, homemade loaf on Mother's Day (assuming folks have the ingredients on hand or are willing to go to a grocery store.) I write to parents each Thursday to let them know the Bible story & suggested supplies.
No, it doesn't replace face-to-face. But we all love seeing each other on Sunday mornings - the smiles say it all. In normal times, Sunday School would have wrapped up w/ Teacher Appreciation Day on Pentecost, and we would have gone into our more relaxed "Summer Fun Day" mode on June 7th, when one or two families lead the program - a Bible story, a simple activity or craft, a closing prayer. We haven't made a decision yet about what our summer plans will be - we're awaiting guidance from the State government and from our Diocese -- but we simply don't know yet.
What are your plans for the summer? Are you going to continue leading Zoom Sunday School through the summer?
Take care - thanks for all you do - D