Children’s Formation

Sunday School, Sundays, 9:15 AM

Our Children’s Formation is undergoing an exciting time of transition and growth.

Currently, our Children’s Sunday School is divided into three groups:

  • Nursery (opens at 8:45 AM)
  • Children 3-7
  • Children 8-12

We use an age-appropriate curriculum that introduces children to the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, the Life of Jesus, Baptism, Communion, and aspects of Episcopal worship. Lessons include a variety of activities and methods of engaging big ideas in understandable ways.

As part of our commitment to disability inclusion, we are transitioning to an implementation of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori Method of teaching children the richness of the Christian Faith.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a unique way in which children are encouraged to learn to listen to and be present with Jesus in everything they do. Children hear Scripture read, learn prayers, songs, and the rhythms of the Church Year. They engage in small activities, called works, where they are able to quietly reflect on what they have learned and ask questions about what it means for them today. Catechesis is an inclusive experience, designed to have space for children of diverse expressions of physical, mental, and developmental difference as part of the classroom, called an Atrium.

Catechesis is divided across three age groups, which can represent biological age or developmental age, of Level I, 3-6; Level II, 7-9; and, Level III, 10-12.

We will be opening our Level I Atrium in September 2019. We are so excited about what this means for our children. Subsequent atria, Level II and Level III, will open as our Level I children age into them.

 

Safeguarding

All our teachers, aids, and nursery workers are certified in Safeguarding God’s Children, a program that includes an extenstive background check and training in proper conduct with children. Conduct includes a requirement for two unrelated safeguarded adults to be present in a children’s classroom at all times and proper procedures for interaction with children. To learn more about Safeguarding, please click here.