August, 2019

Dear Parents/Grandparents/Guardians of St. Benedict’s Church Youth,

Welcome to our new school year! We are excited to let you know that Sunday School will resume September 8, 2019 and will be held usually every other Sunday throughout the school year.  Please check the calendar though!  We work around school vacations and national holidays so we occasionally take a two-week break to “catch up” our schedule.  On the Sundays we do not have Sunday School, youth are encouraged to join their parents in worship or become an acolyte and assist our rector and eucharistic ministers on the altar.

This year, we will start Sunday School right at the beginning of the church service (10:30 am).  One or both teachers will greet the kids in the narthex, the back of the church, and lead them to Sunday School just before service begins.  Arrive a little late?  Bring your kids directly to the Sunday School room, which is around the corner, 2nd door on the right.  You can’t miss us!

Our teachers this year are Caroline Madden and Johannah Renfroe.  Ms. Caroline is a veteran and retired teacher with 37 years in the classroom. Ms. Caroline also has 6 grandkids and 6 great-grandkids.  Ms. “Jo” has worked as a Sunday School teacher for the past five years at St. Benedict’s and has volunteered off and on as a Sunday School teacher since she was 16 years old.  She is a mom of 3 kids ages 5, 3, and 1.  Throughout the year, we will also welcome guest teachers to join us; however, either Ms. Caroline or Ms. Jo will be present in the classroom with your kids all school year.  Here are the options for engaging in youth education at St. B’s this year:

Sunday School

For children ages 4-12, we will use Seasons of the Spirit, a lectionary-based curriculum design for a multi-age group.  This year, we will also engage the youth in a year-long activity to create a quilt.  Various lessons throughout the year will integrate our quilt with the Scripture in a fun and memorable way!

Acolyte Program

For the Sundays when the children (ages 6+) will not gather for Sunday School, they are invited to participate as acolytes and serve on the altar with Father Ed and the other ministers.  Please contact Father Ed and Paul Conroy for more details.

Youth Bible Study

At this point, Youth Bible Study will not meet on Sunday morning this year; however, we are actively monitoring youth and parent interest. If you have interest in supporting or participating in a youth Bible Study for kids ages 12-15, please let Johannah Renfroe know.

As always, ALL are welcome to join any class and participate.  We will also open the classrooms to any member of the congregation who would like to lead a lesson and who has completed the Safeguarding God’s Children training. If you have an idea or need the training, please speak to Johannah Renfroe.

Please see the Sunday School Schedule on page 2 of this letter (or as the second attachment of this email).  If you have any questions about the plan for the 2019-2020 school year, please email Johannah Renfroe at

If you are new to our church traditions and would like more information, please email Johannah Renfroe.  She will help connect you with the right resources here at St. Benedict’s. We are very happy you are here.

 For God’s Kids,

Johannah Renfroe and Caroline Madden Click here for the Sunday schedule