Sunday School is currently being held on-line via Zoom for children ages 3 to 12 yrs.
Sunday from 10 to 10:40am
Hope to see you there!
For more information please contact our Sunday School Director, Yiru Sugihara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belvedere Sunday School Workshop
November 7, 2021
This past Sunday, Belvedere Sunday School had the privilege of hosting our first In-Person Sunday School Workshop at the Training Center. We invited children and parents from across the Tri-State Area, gathering 60+ participants and staff for a day full of activities, songs, dancing, and skits. This was very much a collaborative effort with a core team composed of parents from Belvedere (NY), Clifton (NJ) and Connecticut, with a special thank you to Pastor Mika the Pastor of the Connecticut family church and D1 Pastor.
The overall theme for the workshop was “True Love”, which coincided with True Children’s Day that was celebrated earlier that week. In order to involve the spirit of True Children’s Day, the Sunday School children, ages 11+, helped in creating our own offering table. Filled with fruits, snacks, and all types of yummy goodies!
We started off with an orientation led by Pastor Justin of the Belvedere Family Community. You could really feel the mixture of excitement and maybe some nervousness of the kids and the gratitude of the parents in the air.
Afterwards we had some time for crafts for the younger kids while the older ones helped to decorate the offering table.
After craft time the kids had a chance to learn a dance routine taught by our amazing instructor Eli Izumi! They also had plenty of outdoor play time. The bouncy castle was definitely a hit!
As noon approached the kids (and parents) started to get hungry. Luckily we had an amazing kitchen staff who worked hard preparing our delicious lunch.
After getting their physical food it was time to get some spiritual food through story time with Pastor Justin. He read to the kids the classic book the Giving Tree. After reading the kids were asked questions like who does the tree represent? They yelled out “God! Mom! True Parents!” It was really great to hear these kids think about love.
We were really lucky to have Pastor Mika there to lead us in our children’s day pledge service. The kids were so excited to get the snacks from the offering table. To give some internal guidance she read God’s Dream. And of course no holy day is complete without Og Mansei!
It was an incredible feeling being able to reconnect with old faces, as well as, offer an opportunity for young families to meet new families in a beautiful environment.
We ended the workshop with Sunday Service where Pastor Justin gave a sermon on the culture of heart and the kids showed an example of the culture of heart through their dance performance.
The 7 – 10 year olds presented a fun dance filled with laughter and joy, and the 11+ year olds created a beautiful skit of the book “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. The cuteness of the children and their hard work really warmed the hearts of everyone in the audience. Overall it was a resounding success for our first full-day workshop.
As always, thank you for all of the community’s support and heart in our Belvedere Sunday School!
Click on photos below to see larger images in the gallery !
Don’t forget to check out the video on our sermon page [belvederefamily.com/sermons]
(You can scroll to the end to see the kids perform!)
Sunday School 2020
Dear brothers and sisters, as we get started with new school year 2020, I would like to take a moment to introduce our Sunday School teachers and welcome everyone back to our online classes. This info is also on our new web page belvederefamily.com/sundayschool/.
Belvedere Sunday Director
My name is Donald Cupp. I joined our holy family in 1980 in California when I was 21 years old. I became a CARP member and traveled on a MFT team all over America. In 1982 I was matched and blessed to my Japanese wife Michiyo in the 2075 couple Blessing at Madison Square Garden. Soon after, in 1983 I was chosen to be on the East Garden/Belvedere staff as a security guard. I have been here ever since. We have 3 children (2 boys and a girl) who were born and raised here. I am honored to help the Sunday school team to teach our youth about their deep spiritual heritage and the many blessings Heavenly Parent has given here.
Hello, my name is Regine Navarro! I am 19 and grew up in Elmsford, NY. I’m currently studying architecture at Pratt Institute. One of my favorite things about Sunday school is getting to spend time with the younger kids of my community. I hope they can gain a lot and grow through Sunday school. It’s not the same seeing everyone’s faces through zoom, but I’m still happy we can all come together during these times!
I love to learn about True Parents’ Life Course.
I love to listen to testimonies of church members.
I love to visit places where True Parents had been.
I love to discuss about True Parents with Sunday School kids.
My name is Koki Takanashi, I am 23 years old and this is my 3rd year teaching at Sunday School. I have also been active in the youth group staff for 6 years. i enjoy many hobbies such as origami, gaming, watching shows, and collecting incense.
My name is Asami Shirinova. I have a family of 6 with my husband and 4 children are 12,10,8 and 6 years old. I am very happy to join Sunday school as a teacher because I love little kids and I want to help our church and community.
Hello my name is Rubilyn Navarro and I am a co-teacher for grades K-3 with Mrs. Asami Shiranova. I chose to be a Sunday School teacher because I wanted to give back to the community that has shaped me into the person I am today. Additionally, I enjoy interacting with the kids (both off and on the screen)! During my free time, I like to hang out with my siblings and play volleyball.
Hello! My name is Masaya Funakoshi, 21 years old. I have been in the position of Sunday School Assistant Principal for Belvedere Sunday School for the past 4 years. Sunday School has been an incredible experience every year, filling me with beautiful moments and memories. Having the opportunity to help in the development of the younger generation’s relationship with our Heavenly Parent and True Parents is something I feel deeply proud of. Despite the external difficulties of having Sunday School this year, I hope we can make it a great experience for all the participants!
My Name is Yiru Sugihara. I was blessed with a wonderful husband and four children age from 19 to 25. Children are like gifts from heaven. I am grateful to be working with Sunday School, 6 years as teachers and 4 years as the director. What can be more enriching than working with all the wonderful staff who volunteers to support the families in our community!