When to start a new program year - when school starts or after Labor Day?

The school year here in Louisiana begins in early August (August 9 for the public schools).  I am in favor of beginning programming at church when school starts so families can establish all the new routines at once.  But adult programming (discipleship groups) is scheduled to begin in September.

Sunday school for kids at this church is a new thing, so we can do whatever we want. There is no precedent (in recent memory).

I'm looking for the wisdom of the group: What have you found best - starting in August with the new school year or in September?

(Side note: I am hoping we can start doing rotation, which will mean there is no purchased curriculum schedule we need to worry about)

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Hi Amy,

Wow, that is an early start date -- for someone who resides in a state where the law says that school's can't start until after Labor Day. #TourismIndustryRules

I assume that the problem with starting kids in August is that there would be nothing for the adults to do? (Since their programming doesn't start until September.) Would you be able to start with an "intergenerational" Sunday school? (I just happened to be looking at Jan from Napa's summer series on the Fruit of the Spirit.) This might be a good way to procure more volunteers once they see what the program looks like in action. I hope that the Rotation Model takes root at your current church!

-- Carol

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