Children in Church
Worship is the primary task of the Church, the one thing God’s people do in heaven and on earth. We welcome every child to be a part of the worship life of Good Shepherd.
Welcoming children in church also means meeting them where they are in their developmental lives and materials are provided to engage their hands, hearts, and minds in the worship experience.
Children's Formation Classes 10am-11:15am
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a faith formation program provides the foundation of religious education for children age three years through third grades. Catechesis recognizes that a child already possesses an inherent relationship with God and that the Holy Spirit is the primary teacher. To cultivate the child's developmental stage, children meet in a specially prepared environment called the atrium. In the atrium, children hear the word of God from the Bible and work with simple materials related to the parables and other age appropriate scriptures. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was developed 55 years ago and has been offered at Good Shepherd for the past 25 years.
Atria are provided for:
3 year olds (by Sept 1): Room 305
PreK-K: Room 301
1st-3rd graders: Room 304
Weaving God's Promises is a comprehensive Christian Education curriculum in which young people deepen their knowledge and love of the Bible and liturgy, and learn how God's promises of salvation are inextricably woven into our lives,
4th-5th Graders: Room 306
We are committed to providing a safe and nurturing place for our youngest members. Nursery Caregivers are carefully screened and receive extensive training in caring for children and encouraging their faith development.
Infants 6 weeks-3 years: Room 201
Children 3-5 years old: Room 202
Formation Events: Making Life-Long Memories
August-October, January-March: Special programming is provided during each session of WAGS (Wednesdays at Good Shepherd)
JAMMERS: PK-2nd graders
J-Walkers: 3rd-5th graders
The Nursery is available as well.
September: Children come forward for the Blessing of the Backpacks during the 9:00am service. Parishioners bring school supplies for children in need.
October: The Good Shepherd Halloween Party concludes the Fall session of WAGS. Join us for fun games and activities.
November: Families gather in the Parish hall at 10:00am to make Advent Wreaths for their family's use or to share with a parishioner who is unable to attend church.
December: The Advent Pageant is presented the final Sunday of Advent. Fourth and fifth graders make up the speaking cast. Three year olds through third graders become angels and animals at the manger.
February-March: Bury the Alleluias at the conclusion of the 9:00am service the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.
March-April: The Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through third graders is held on the lawn at 10:00am Easter Sunday.
May: Children with faithful Sunday School attendance are recognized during the 9:00am service on Apostoli Sunday. Students are honored as they transition to a new class. A reception honoring Good Shepherd high school graduates follows the service.
Baptism is full initiation into God’s own household, the Church. We welcome the newly baptized into our Parish community as enthusiastically as they are welcomed into their own families.
New Child Ministries: The birth of a child is a time of great celebration in the life of a family. One of the clergy would love to visit your home to welcome your family’s newest member with prayers of thanksgiving and praise.
Solemn Communion: Children in 2nd and 3rd grades are invited to embark on a five week formation experience that provides them with a deeper understanding of holy communion. The program culminates with a solemn communion retreat where children are introduced to the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation and concludes with a whole family celebration.
For more information, contact The Guild of the Christ Child.