Our Mission

Our mission is based on the words of Jesus in Matthew 19:14:  “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”


The Dorset Church Sunday  School provides a welcoming and safe space designated for our children within a loving community of believers. We are dedicated to introducing children to the tenets of our faith through Old and New Testament Bible teachings and sharing the sacred story of Jesus’ life.  We emphasize the presence of God among us and teach that the cornerstone of our faith as Christians is found in the miraculous birth of Jesus. We believe His teachings, death and resurrection have transformational meaning in our lives. 

Our mission is practiced through Sunday School activities which include: reading and discussing Bible stories, youth choir practice, play acting, project making, and various activities led by multi-generational visitors from our congregation.

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Who We Are


Paula Mann Nassivera has been a member of the Dorset Church for over thirty years, since she was married here in 1988. Several years later, she and her family moved full-time to Dorset from NYC and Paula continued her professional career as an actress with the Dorset Theatre Festival and the Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington. During that time, she also was Co-Director of the Dorset Church Sunday School from 1998-2006. From 2006-2019 she worked as an Associate Professor and Director of the Theater Program at Green Mountain College. She happily returned to teach Sunday  School in fall 2017.

Sunday School Director



Nicole Campbell grew up in Hollis, NH, and worked in the design industry in New York and Washington, DC after graduating from Providence College in 2004. Nicole and her family moved to Vermont in 2017, where she founded Shire Kids, an early childhood literacy non-profit. Shire Kids delivers access to free, high-quality, age-appropriate books for  children in our community through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Nicole lives with her husband and sons, Gray (6) and Weston (3), in Dorset.  Click HERE to read the Bennington Banner's article about Shire Kids.

Christian Education

Committee Chairperson


Nikoline’ is a 7th grade student with many interests. In addition to working with young children, she enjoys acting, ballet, riding her horse Bailey, helping out at the horse barn, and playing violin. She was baptized at our church just before her first birthday and has been attending Sunday school since she was very young.

Assistant Teacher


Some of our Activities

  • Helping Lead Communion Service

  • Singing as a group during worship

  • Volunteering at the Rummage Sale Cafe

  • Participating in a multi-generational Christmas Pageant

  • Preparing for Palm Sunday and Easter

  • Learning How to Take Care of God's Creatures

  • Hosting Coffee Hour

  • Sharing books for children through Shire Kids

  • Learning to fish and play outdoor games as part of our Modern-Day Disciples theme

  • Making Love Rocks for our neighbors

  • Learning Sign language

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Tom Salmon, our music director, misses working with the Sunday School.  Here is his single handed rendition of the

Land of the Silver Birch.