For the summer, rising kindergartners through fifth-graders are meeting in a relaxed, fun environment based on the Kingdom of God. We have a lesson, activity and snack. Wear your play clothes and plan on having a fun time!
We need adult volunteers every Sunday.
Youngsters through junior kindergarten will be cared for in the nursery during the summer.
During the Academic Year...
Honor your child’s baptismal covenant to be brought up in the Christian faith and life (BCP 302) by participating in weekly children’s formation. Church of the Holy Communion strives to offer the best in Christian formation and to give all children an opportunity to grow in the love and knowledge of God through Christian liturgy and scripture.
Nursery Center Available
Infants (0-2): Room 212
Toddlers (2-3): Room 213
Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Special Events as announced
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Pre-Kindergarten-Junior Kindergarten (must turn age three before June of birth year)
The atrium of the Good Shepherd is located in Room 102. Children gather between 9-9:15 am in Blaisdell Dining Hall and will be escorted to class by a teacher or assistant. They will return to the dining hall at 10:15. This class is a developmentally appropriate program for spiritual formation and religious education based the work and curriculum developed by Sophia Cavalletti and Dr. Maria Montessori. Children meet in a specially prepared quiet environment with materials to facilitate prayer, to learn about Jesus and our relationship with God, and to develop the ability to “be still” and open their hearts to God.
Tales of the Kingdom, Levels I and II
Level l: Kindergarten-1st grade
Level ll: 2nd-3rd grades
These classes are in Room 100. As with the other classes, the children will gather in Blaisdell and go as a group to their classroom. They will meet their parents back in Blaisdell at 10:15. After an altar greeting, lessons are presented in Montessori style with hands-on materials. After the presentations, which include tales from both the Old and New Testaments, parables, geography of the Holy Land, history of the Bible, origins of liturgy and the Episcopalian way of worship, the children have time to respond to what they have learned through art, manipulatives, calligraphy and journaling. Parents and children who have participated in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Godly Play, Young Children in Worship, Weaving God’s Plan and/or the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum will find these classes to be familiar in setting, presentation and information.
For 4th- and 5th-graders in Room 101
Students gather in Blaisdell; class is from 9:15-10:15. This formation class is designed to prepare our children to “cross over” from the younger children’s offerings into the youth group classes and activities. Emphasis is on the many covenants of God with his people, using the God’s Great Covenant curriculum as one of the main resources. This transitions the children smoothly into the Middle School studies. In addition to the formation class, our 4th- and 5th-graders are invited by our older youth to participate in Pre-EYC activities, sponsored by the EYC one Sunday evening a month. These activities alternate between fun, relaxed recreational activities and small service projects.
Children’s Chapel is offered at the 10:30 a.m. service. When you see the special banner at the chancel steps near the end of the processional hymn, children (ages 3 through 2nd grade) can come forward to process to the Children’s Chapel in Room 309 for a time of greeting, singing, activity and storytelling. The children return to the service at the passing of the Peace. All adults (not just parents) are urged… one or two people per Sunday… to be present with our youngest members as they enjoy the word of God in song, story and movement as presented by our Children’s Chapel coordinator.
Special activities throughout the year include the Easter Egg Hunt, the Christmas Eve Pageant, activities during churchwide Advent Party and a special dash during our annual Book It 5K race. We also offer “Summer Sundays” from 9:15-10:15 a.m. during the summer break, similar in approach to Vacation Bible School.