St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Thursday, December 18, 2014
There's a place for you here.
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 registration: Here's the link to online registration for your child(ren), preschool through grade 5.
For teachers and volunteers: information about taking the online Safe Church/child abuse prevention training is here.
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 and Grace Place while also introducing the Bible in a developmentally appropriate way.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
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, or Story. Children also will engage with the church seasons through relevant units during Advent and Lent.
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.
Sunday, September 21, 2:00-3:30 p.m. | Bowling at AMF Shrader Lanes
Sunday, October 12, 2:00-3:30 p.m. | Pumpkin picking
Sunday, November 9, 2:00-3:30 p.m | Service project: decorating turkey boxes
Friday, December 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Tacky lights tour
Friday, January 16, 4:30-6:00 p.m. | Jumpology!
Sunday, February 8, 2:00-3:30 p.m. | Movie and ice cream sundaes
Sunday, March 22, 2:00-3:30 p.m. | Service day (details and location TBD)
Saturday, April 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m. | First Fruits Service: A Celebration of Gifts
Sunday, June 7, 5:00-6:30 p.m. | End-of-year celebration and liturgy
Vacation Bible School 2015
July 13-17, 2015
Registration opens in February; additional details TBA.
To learn more about programming available to children, please contact Martha-Lynn Corner.