At present, while our new hall is being built, our Senior Sunday School meets in the church before the main service each Sunday at 10.15am.
During the main service, our Junior Sunday School children, from age 3 upwards, leave for their activities.
The Sunday School Superintendent and his wife teach the Senior Sunday School, with help from some others, while Junior Sunday School is taught by other parents.
The Sunday School and leaders play an active part in planning and co-coordinating the monthly family service. They also lead and are involved in many parts of the service, with the Kidz Choir contributing to the music.
Killyleagh Parish is one of 24 parishes taking part in the ‘Jigsaw’ pilot. This is a Diocesan programme of Sunday School classes that link lessons to Church. There is a new module every three months. It has been well received and proved to be a great success.
In the last couple of years the children helped prepare Christmas parcels for the older parishioners. We distributed approximately 75 parcels last year and all the children signed Christmas cards. Feedback from the recipients told how much the gifts and cards were appreciated.
Each year the Sunday School tries to instigate some project which will benefit others. For instance, in 2001, two children were sponsored through high school in Rwanda. Then, on finding the school had no running water for 1,200 children, the Sunday School raised in excess of £5,000 over 3 years. This project was completed in 2013 when water was brought both to a school and the local village. The Sunday school then went on to raise money for computers for the school after learning that it only had 1 computer for its pupils. 5 new laptops were sent to the school in 2014 and 2015.
‘Spare Coat’ was the Sunday School 2012 initiative where we collected coats and distributed them to people who needed a coat. Over 50 coats were distributed to people in Killyleagh and via homeless charities in Downpatrick, Belfast and Newry.
Further details are available from Sunday School Superintendent, Tony Davies on 07715253199. Or contact the Rector.