The Church of the Divine Love
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Sunset Nursery School
Sunset Nursery School is unique among the local preschools. Sunset’s teaching team is committed to supporting and promoting the students’ Christian growth as well as their academic and social growth. Its mission is to provide enriching educational opportunities in a safe, nurturing and faith-centered environment. A strong emphasis is placed on supporting each child's God-given talents and individual needs while preparing them for their educational journey.
The school has 81 students enrolled in 8 classes. There are 11 staff members including the director of the school, Melissa Wassill. Every teacher at Sunset has either a degree in early childhood education or is certified in the early childhood field and keeps their certifications up to date. Class sizes are kept small for optimal student to teacher ratios. We are known for our commitment to including children with special needs, and advocating to find appropriate services.
Sunset believes firmly that children learn through play. There are six learning centers: art and writing, blocks, dramatic play, literacy, science and math, and the mini gym. "Play with a purpose" is the goal of these highly interactive centers, which play a large role in developing a child's social and emotional skills.
Sunset is an academically strong school that supports the preschool Common Core program in a child-friendly manner. It is the school’s goal to develop problem solving and conflict resolution skills while facilitating the development of cognitive skills in reading and math readiness. Additionally, children enjoy art, music, dance, Spanish, sign language, cooking and science.
Sunset provides an environment that will help nurture and develop the children's spiritual foundation enabling them to know and share God's love. Students learn the Lord's Prayer, offer thanks to God before meals and listen to age appropriate Bible stories. Sunset Nursery School is a highly successful ministry of Divine Love both financially and as an outreach to the community.
We have active lay participation in worship services, as well as in the many and various other ministries of our parish life. We have enjoyed many opportunities for worship, study, fellowship and service over the years including: adult and children’s bible studies, Altar Guild, Children’s Chapel with Sunday school, Young People’s Fellowship, Vestry, special committees, a men’s and women’s retreat, a very well attended and growing week-day Christian Nursery School, a special prayer shawl ministry we call “Tabitha’s Circle”, healing prayer education and ministry, Midnight Run, pot lucks, the annual picnic, visitation of shut-ins, on-line web site, prayer chains, special events hosting neighboring churches, a prosperous vegetable garden that donated fresh produce to the local soup kitchens, and the ECW, which runs the very successful Carriage House Thrift Shop offering low cost clothing, household goods and toys to the community.
We have hosted many programs for the community and for parishioners including: ALPHA, Vacation Bible School, World Day of Prayer, Beth Moore Studies, Gospel Transformation, Serendipity Bible Studies, Advent Teas, annual holiday thrift shop sales and the famous Thrift Shop Fashion Shows. The children create a traditional, not-to-be-missed, Christmas pageant each year that is presented in Church with favorite carols. And there is also a “Teddy-Bear” Christmas service for the younger crowd, in which they bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal to be part of the birthday blessing of the Baby Jesus.