Children

Sunday Mornings

During Services 

 

Nursery

8:30 & 11:00 | Ages: Birth - Kindergarten

There are three nursery rooms: Nursery 1 (birth -18 months); Nursery 2 (1 ½ years to 3 years of age, must be walking); Nursery 3 (3 through kindergarten). A team of at least 2 workers will staff each room during worship services and other church events.

Children's Church

8:30 | Ages: 3 1/2 - 3rd grade | Parish Hall, 2nd floor

Our children gather during the Liturgy of the Word for prayer, bible reading, singing and teaching. We then bring the children in during the passing of the peace so they can take communion with their family. 

Sunday School

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

9:45 - 10:45 (August-May) | Parish Hall, 2nd floor

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an atrium, a room prepared especially for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian Faith. The atrium is primarily a place of prayer and is intentionally designed with that in mind. The primary aim of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is to involve adults and children in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood are predominant.

The philosophy of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is that even very young children have a religious life. God is present to them in their deepest being, and they are capable of developing both a conscious and intimate relationship with God. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd balances exposure to our liturgy and the richness of our communal sacramental life with reading the Bible.

We believe that there is a deep bond between God and the child, which produces in the child the desire to draw near to God. The catechist's role is to prepare the environment and present materials that "call forth" the child's response rather than "pour in" information. We listen with the child and together we ask, "God, who are you? How do you love us?" Each presentation the catechist gives to the children has specific materials with which the children work. These materials are always available to the children during their work time so that there is additional opportunity for the children to absorb it.

Classes are structured to offer a time of prayer and song, a time for the presentation and a time for individual work by the child. The work of the children is their prayer and is the most important part of their time in the atrium.

Other Ways for Children to Get Involved

Acolytes

4th grade and up

The acolyte program teaches young Christians the importance of service and helps them gain a deeper understanding of our liturgy. As long as he/she is strong enough to carry the torch and maintain attention for an hour, he/she is encouraged to attend a training.

Junior Choristers

Rehearsals on Wednesdays | 5:00-5:45 | 2nd - 5th grade

We use the Royal School of Church Music curriculum, Voice for Life, and sing at select worship services. Click here to sign up!

Junior Flower Guild

Once Monthly | Saturday | 7:30 a.m. 

The Junior Flower Guild works with Sudi Luboniecki to provide the altar arrangements and flowers for all areas of the church. 

Club 3-4-5

Meets every other month | 3rd - 5th grade

A special community that gets together for fellowship and fun, like swimming, bowling, painting pottery, bingo and game night.

Vacation Bible School

June 5-9, 2017 | 4 years old - 4th grade

In This Section: