St. Peter's Sunday School is an active, engaging place for our children to learn about God and living the Christian life. We are currently using the Exploring Faith Curriculum. Some of our favorite activities include baking pumpkin bread for the entire church in November, performing the Christmas Pageant in December, making Valentines for Veterans in February, and coloring Easter eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Rectory.
In addition to Sunday classes, our children learn service through the Angels in Training program. On the fourth Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., our Angels in Training feed the homeless at Grace and Holy Innocents Church in Albany. Please join us!
The success of our Sunday School program is largely due to the efforts of our excellent teachers. Please remember to thank them when you see them!
Laura Saffares, Ages 3-4
Laura serves as the Director of Christian Education as well as teacher of the three- and four-year-olds. Laura has served as the Director for ten years and has taught Sunday School at St. Peter's for more than twenty years. She is currently a student at Siena College majoring in Special Education. The children in her Sunday School class especially enjoy singing and dancing. Laura's enthusiasm and creative ideas make Sunday School a fun place to learn about God.
Vicky Pautler, Ages 5-7
My name is Vicky Pautler and I teach the 5-7 year olds. I focus on reading lessons and trying to apply the bible readings and lessons to the child's life so it makes sense. I also try to keep things fun so children enjoy coming back each Sunday to spend time with us! Outside of teaching Sunday school I have degree's in early childhood education, speech pathology and nursing. I currently work at Albany medical Center as an RN.
Cathy Wronski, Ages 7-9
Cathy teaches Sunday School children ages seven to nine. Cathy has worked with the St. Peter's Sunday School for six years and brings a wealth of teaching experience to her class. Certified in English K-12 and ESL, Cathy worked for fifteen years in schools in New York City, New Jersey, Switzerland, and New York State. For the past five years she has been teaching adult literacy at Questar III / BOCES in Troy. At St. Peter's, Cathy uses reading and crafts to make religious education an enjoyable experience.
Kristin Casucci, Ages 10-14
Leading our ten-to-fourteen-year-old class is Kristin Casucci, who is teaching Sunday School for her second year. Kristin is a history major in college and will be certified to teach grades 7-12 social studies. Kristin's Sunday School class focuses on reading the Bible, engaging in activities related to the day's lesson, considering real-life applications of Christian values, and writing in prayer journals.
Kelly Welch and Sharon Vardabash, Nursery
Some of our most experienced Sunday School staff can be found in the nursery. Kelly and Sharon provide childcare for infants and toddlers during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Kelly has worked in the church nursery for nearly twenty years. A mother of three, Kelly has twenty years of experience working in daycare and is CPR certified. Sharon has worked in the St. Peter's Sunday School for more than fifteen years and has worked with children at her in-home daycare.