The Faith Formation Ministry is dedicated to the spiritual formation, transformation and renewal of all members of the parish family, children, youth and adults. All are invited to learn and gain a deeper understanding and love of Christ, Holy Scripture, church traditions.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14
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Nursery Nursery care is offered and is located next to the Godly Play classroom. Any infant through toddler age is welcome in the nursery at the 10 service. We also have a crying room located at the back of the sanctuary.
Godly Play We are committed to the spiritual development of our children from baptism to confirmation and beyond by bringing them the Good News and by helping them to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As a community we seek to love and serve God, to love our neighbors, and to learn what the Bible teaches us about living faithful and fruitful lives.
What is it? Godly Play is an innovative Montessori based approach for teaching children of all ages the stories and lessons of the Bible. Children are invited into the stories, and encouraged to use their innate sense of wonder and curiosity as they explore their faith through stories. What if children know as much as adults about God’s movement in creation, but they just don’t have the language system to express it? Godly Play nurtures this language with its deceptively simple, yet beautifully deep, method of telling stories, as well as teaching that their imagination and creativity are excellent ways to connect with God. When is it? On Sunday mornings during the school year from 9:45 - 10:45 AM, children aged three through sixth grade are welcome to to the Godly Play classroom (next to the nursery).
What makes Godly Play different? During a typical lesson, children sit on the floor for storytime. The storyteller uses props to bring the story to life. After the story, children are encouraged to use their sense of wonder as they reflect on the lesson. Following the wondering section, children have quiet time to create something related to the lesson. Finally, there is a ‘feast’ and time of thanksgiving (crackers and juice). *If your child has any allergies, please let the doorkeeper know at the time of drop off. *
What if we miss a week? Will my child be behind? Most lessons are self-contained, and do not overflow from one week to another. However, there are also lessons around Holy times like Easter that use the same props for 7 weeks. If a child has missed a lesson, that will not have an impact on their learning, because previous parts of the lesson are reviewed as a part of the session. Sometimes other children are asked to retell the previous lessons for the new child- a real honor and testament to the impact of the lessons.
Jubilation Camp Jubilation Music/Theatre Camp is usually held in July. For the summer of 2019 however, we are taking a break. This is a morning camp for K-8th graders. Activities include theatre games and skits, arts and crafts, singing, and playing handbells and rhythm instruments. For more information and to register contact Joanne @ firstname.lastname@example.org