St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Ages 2-3 (Little Lambs) | Ages 3-6 (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) | Grades K-5 (Grace Place) | Grades 4/5 (Club 45)
Sunday school and Christian formation for children
Sunday school takes place at 10:10 a.m. immediately following the 9:00 a.m. services in both the main church and in Palmer Hall. All children ages 2 through 5th grade are invited to participate on the top floor of the parish house.
Little Lambs is a special offering for two’s and young three’s. It begins to introduce principles from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd while also introducing the Bible in a developmentally appropriate way.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd | Registration
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based program that seeks to nurture the innate spirituality of young children by preparing sacred spaces, called atria, for them. Specially trained adults, called “catechists” guide the children through presentations directly pertaining to our faith, and wonder with them about the mystery and presence of the Good Shepherd. Registration for this offering is requested (though not required).
Each Sunday morning, all children in grades one through five come together for “Community Gathering Time.” During this time, children will set a prayer table together, sing songs, and read a Bible story. After Community Gathering Time, children will dismiss by grade to respond to the theme for that particular unit in Art, Games, Science, Cooking, or Story.
This year’s theme is “We will, with God’s help,” and will explore the baptismal promises we make whenever we take part in a baptism service. Children also will engage with the church seasons through relevant units during Advent and Lent.
For a more detailed look at this year’s curriculum, developed by Abigail Whorley and Michael Sweeney, please follow this link.
Fourth and fifth graders will join their peers each Sunday morning for Community Gathering Time and will begin taking on leadership roles throughout the year during that time. After Community Gathering Time, Club 45ers will dismiss into their own classroom to discuss and interact with the Bible story for the day in a more developmentally appropriate way.
Club 45 also convenes monthly during the school year for chaperoned, fun-filled fellowship activities or community service projects that make a difference in the lives of others. Friends are always welcome.
To learn more about programming available to children, please contact Abigail Whorley.
Other ministries for children and youth:
Pre-K through 5th Grade
Children are invited to participate in the Children’s Christmas Pageant. The Palmer Hall Choir provides the music for the pageant, while third graders are selected at random to be characters. Dress rehearsal will happen on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 a.m. until noon, and the Pageant will take place on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the main church. Registration is requested--this ensures that we have costumes for everyone. Please register your child here by December 9.
July 14-18, 2014
Registration opens in April; additional details TBA.