St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
There's a place for you here.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd | Grace Place (Grades k-5) | Club 45 (youth group for grades 4/5) | St. Stephen's Weekday Preschool | Vacation Bible School | Boy Scout Troop 418 | Sunday School registration
Sunday school and Christian formation for children
Sunday school takes place at 10:10 a.m.; K-5 and Catechesis take place on the top floor of the parish house; Wee Worship, Church Hour Activity Time and the Nursery are located on the basement level. Sunday school registration is here.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
More than 40 children ages 3 through 6 are engaged in a unique kind of religious formation at St. Stephen’s. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children rooted in scripture, liturgy, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. It is based on the belief that God is already present to children in their deepest being.
The children, guided by trained “catechists,” are introduced to their sacred space, the Atrium, where they come to know God better in an atmosphere of prayer, song, play, and guided activities. Work in the Atrium focuses on our relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. The children learn about the materials and rituals that are seen and experienced in church. Most importantly, they develop their own spiritual lives in ways that are unique to the personality and developmental level of each child.
In addition to offering Level I and Level II during the Sunday morning Christian education hour, we offer Wednesday evening Catechesis.
Read more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd here. (Registration information is here.)
Grace Place: The Workshop Rotation Model for Kindergarten through 5th Grade
On Sunday mornings, children in Kindergarten through 5th grades are experiencing God through workshops in Storytelling and Drama, Video, Art, Bible Skills and Games, Music and Movement, Computer and Science labs, and Cooking. The rotation model is a different approach to Sunday school. Over a 4- to 5- week period, children repeat the same story from the Bible, learning through a different workshop each week. Because they repeat the same story several weeks in a row, and because the emphasis is on active learning, children have better recall of the story and a deeper understanding of its meaning.
Preschool Sunday School
We hope that children begin their worship lives with an experience that is unifying and celebratory—like the Body of Christ in which we all worship. Children age 2 through pre-K have their own Sunday school. The Preschool Sunday School class rooms are located upstairs in the Parish Hall. Click here to register for Preschool Sunday School. To learn more about Christian Education for children up to age five, please call or email Abigail Whorley, 288-2867.
Children in fourth and fifth grades are invited to participate in Club 45, our 4th and 5th grade youth group. Club 45 convenes approximately six Friday evenings during the school year for chaperoned, fun-filled fellowship activities such as rock climbing, skating and movie-going. Club 45 is also involved in community service projects that make a difference in the lives of others. You are always welcome to bring a friend. To learn more about the fun-filled and meaningful Club 45 experience, or to volunteer to chaperone an afternoon or evening with Club 45, please call or email Abigail Whorley, 288-2867.
Other ministries for children and youth:
St. Stephen's Preschool
Boy Scout Troop 418
Registration and permission forms help church staff and volunteers plan wisely for Sunday school and other activities for children, and provide information about your children that helps us care for them and keep them safe.
Sunday school registration
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I registration form
(Please read more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd here.)