CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (ages 3-12)
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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a developmentally appropriate program for spiritual formation and religious education based on the work of Dr. Sofia Cavalleti and Dr. Maria Montessori. Children meet in a specially prepared environment with materials to facilitate a life of prayer and learning about the life and parables of Jesus, the geography of holy lands, the history of the Bible, and the origins of liturgy and the history of worship. The deep bond between God and a child, when nurtured, produces in the child a desire to draw near to God. Our goal is to provide a place to embrace this relationship and nurture its growth. Please check with Debra Satterfield about details that will work best for your family. All Formation classes begin at 9:15 so come early to Blaisdell Dining room where someone will greet you from 9:00 on to answer any of your questions. Please accompany your child the first few weeks so that we have the required emergency contact information on file and to help your children get familiar with the procedure. A parent or other legal guardian must remain on the church property if your child is participating in a formation program. New or visiting children are always welcome, emergency contact information will be required.
The Mustard Seed atria is for ages 3-SK and gathers in Blaisdell building.
The True Vine atria is for grades 1-3 and gathers in Blaisdell building.
The Kingdom of God atria is for grades 4-6 and now gathers in Blaisdell building.
Be prompt in returning for your younger child, ages 3-3rd grade, arriving no later than 10:15 a.m. in the Blaisdell Dining hall. Please be courteous, as many catechists and assistants attend the 10:30 service. For the older children, we will follow parental instructions as listed on the registration information.
The Little Lambs atrium is a place for older two year olds to become familiar with basic Montessori skills and simple prayers. If your 2 year old is in the Toddler Center by 9:30 a.m. we will take them to the Little Lamb room and return them to the Toddler room by 10:15. Contact Debra Satterfield for information about this special preparatory offering as your child turns two.
If you would like to visit in an atrium to take time apart from a busy life to marvel and wonder with children about God’s love for us, contact Debra Satterfield(dsatterfield [at] holycommunion [dot] org).
A new 4th and 5th grade Sunday school class will be offered in the fall of 2012 and continuing for a two year cycle until May of 2014. Spark Lectionary provides common ground for family discussions and daily devotions throughout the week. Check out a preview of this curriculum here. Spark Lectionary provides common ground for family discussions and daily devotions throughout the week. The Spark Lectionary class will be team taught by two adults each Sunday in room 323 on the 3rd floor of Greenwood. Gina Scott is coordinating the teaching schedule. If you have specific dates that you will teach please contact Gina(ginatscott [at] att [dot] net). An electronic version of the teacher’s lessons will be readily available so volunteers will all have access to teaching materials as they prepare for their Sunday morning class. To find out more or ask questions contact Debra Satterfield(dsatterfield [at] holycommunion [dot] org).
Sunday Morning Childcare
INFANT & TODDLER CENTERS
As Church of the Holy Communion continues to grow, we are glad to provide the finest space for childcare and children’s programs. Being nurtured in a loving, trust-filled environment is one way young children develop trust in the predictability of events. That loving care serves as the foundation for future faith development. The Infant & Toddler Centers are available on Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and are located on the second floor down the hall from the church offices and to the left. The Infant Center is recommended for newborns-2 and is in Room 212. The Toddler Center is for 2-4 yrs. and is in Room 213. If you want to attend a small group or class here at church and need childcare, please contact Debra Satterfield 48 hours before the event to schedule this please.
Infant Center: Room 211
Toddler Center: Room 213
Offered at the 10:30 am service only. When you see our children's cross at the chancel steps, children come forward to process to the Children’s Chapel (room 309) for a time of God inspired singing, activity and storytelling. The children return to the service after the passing of the Peace. All are welcome to join with our youngest members to share the word of God in song, story and movement.
For more information, contact Debra Satterfield(dsatterfield [at] holycommunion [dot] org).
5:30 p.m. Church Family Together
6:15 p.m. Children's Gymn Activities
CHILDREN'S GYM ACTIVITIES (4 yrs and older)
Starting this fall our new Children’s Activity Director, Alex Bermel, along with an assistant will engage children (4 years old +) in organized games and supervised free play from 6:00–7:30. Parents will need to sign children in and out of the gym while participating in adult opportunities for fellowship and formation/education.
INFANTS & TODDLERS
If you need childcare for an infant or toddler under 4 years of age we are happy to schedule this for you on a Wednesday night from 6:00-7:30. Please contact Debra Satterfield 48 hours in advance if possible. Infant and Toddler Centers are located on the main floor in rooms 211 & 213.
Children's Choir (Grades 2-5)
The Children's Choir is a fun but instructive music experience in which boys and girls learn music reading, sight-singing, good vocal production and Christian education. A degreed children's music educator Mr. Warner is the director of this choir and brings so much to our children’s music program at Holy Communion. This choir is an exciting music time each week for 2nd-5th graders. He will also enlist the help of numerous parents to assist with the weekly Wednesday rehearsals and when the children sing on Sunday mornings. Food, parties and trips are also important parts of the choir experience.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 5:00– 5:45 p.m., Room 314 (Children's Choir Room)
Contact: Jeremy Warner(jwarner [at] holycommunion [dot] org)