Experiencing Scripture, Worship, and Tradition
We have a vibrant Sunday School program for children from three years of age through high school (nursery care is available for children under three years of age). Our goal is to provide a fun and faithful atmosphere where our children can explore the ways that God is at work in their lives. Our approach is child-focussed and hands-on. In other words, the children in our Sunday school program are not just learning facts; they are experiencing first-hand how scripture, worship, and tradition are relevant to them today. We currently use three curricula on Sunday mornings.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (From 3 years of age through 4th grade)
Over the past five years, we have been rolling out the popular and highly successful Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. It is currently available for children from three years of age through third grade (5th grade will be added in the 2014-2015 school year).
This curriculum is rooted in Holy Scripture, the liturgies of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in a beautifully and carefully designed "atrium" equipped with simple yet beautiful materials which the children use to explore with surprising depth the mysteries at the heart of Christian faith. The major components of the program include:
- Prayer & Bible
- Jesus as the Good Shepherd
- The Holy Eucharist
- Jesus in his Historical and Geographical Context
- Paschal Mystery & Easter
- The History of Salvation & the Kingdom of God
Living the Good News (Fifth grade)
Our children in grades three through five experience first-hand the significance that Holy Scripture and the liturgies of the Church hold for their lives. Key features of this program are:
- Lectionary-based: Each lesson ties in with the Scripture readings and liturgies of the day, helping to draw them into a deeper appreciation of the texts and worship that lie at the heart of our identity as a Christian community.
- Hands-on: The kids learn not by hearing but by doing. By engaging in activities such as roll playing, artistic expression, prayer, service, and even gardening, the children get to experience for themselves the truths contained in Scripture and the common worship of the Church.
Growing into Christ (Middle & High School)
We are very excited this year to be rolling out a new youth group program designed to guide our teenagers as they transition from childhood to adulthood in the Christian faith by providing them the means to explore the deep truths of the Gospel and their implications for how we live our lives and interact with others.
For the first stage of our program, our youth will examine in detail the Baptismal Covenant, a series of statements of belief and promises made on their behalf at Baptism. This includes the Apostles' Creed, an ancient summary of the deep mysteries of Christian belief.
In the future, we will roll out two other stages of the program, which will focus on living our lives in accordance with the Gospel of Christ, and serving the Church and the world as full adult members of the Church, respectively.
All stages of this curriculum will be hands-on. Rather than listening and learning facts, our youth will be experiencing for themselves and learning from one another what it means to be united with Christ in Baptism and to one another as his Body, the Church.
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