Our Sunday School has a new pet–an Owl! This new technology at Third Church allows us to offer hybrid Sunday School, which we tested during Advent. During our first class, we were evenly split with three families at home and three in Sunday School. We started with a gathering question that we all took turns answering (alternating between the children joining virtually whose faces were displayed on the smartboard, and the children in the room whose voices and faces were picked up by the multi-directional camera and microphone housed in the owl).  We followed that with a Bible story and litany.

The group spent about 20 minutes together. Following our group time, the children in the room created crafts around our theme, while children at home were able to download directions and worksheets from our website’s password-protected parent portal to complete crafts and activities on their own. Due to expressed interest, we will continue to offer hybrid Sunday morning faith formation indefinitely.