Children's Ministries

Children's Ministries Contacts

Sue LeFant | Children's Ministries Director | |

"Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds." ~ Psalms 71:17

Sunday Schedule

Each Sunday Good Shepherd offers a Sunday school program for children aged three years and potty-trained through 5th grade. Classes start promptly at 9:30 am, and are located in the basement of the church building. Since we have only a short amount of time to spend together, please do your best to have children arrive on time. Please be sure to take your children's personal belongings (such as coats, gloves, toys) upstairs with you to the Sanctuary.

The children are divided into four classrooms:

  • Three years through Kindergarten: Godly Play
  • 1st through 3rd grades: Godly Play
  • 4th and 5th grades: Living the Good News
  • Middle and High School: re:form Foundational Theology

After approximately one hour, the children are brought upstairs during the Peace to rejoin their families and participate in the Eucharist (see Communion Policy on the "Celebrate God's Love" page).

Kids are always welcome in our worship services, wiggles and noises and all, but if children become restless and parents prefer to take them out of the sanctuary, parents may sit with their children in the narthex (hallway). The service can still be heard on speakers, and coloring books and crayons are found in the straw baskets underneath the visitor's table.

Classroom Details

We are excited to incorporate an expanded Godly Play program for our children aged 3 years and potty trained through third grade. It is an imaginative approach to working with children, an approach that supports, challenges, nourishes and guides their spiritual journey. In Godly Play, we enter into parables, silence, sacred stories and sacred liturgy in order to discover God, ourselves, one another and the world around us.

The 4th and 5th graders are using Living the Good News, an Episcopal curriculum, based on the Sunday scripture readings, which encourages and facilitates family conversations around the theme for the day.

For the well-being of all children, parents should only bring healthy children to a classroom. Any child who has experienced the following symptoms in the last 24 hours needs to stay home:

  • on antibiotics less than 24 hours,
  • fever,
  • diarrhea,
  • vomiting,
  • congested cough,
  • runny nose with a cold, or
  • pink eye.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

05/28/2017 - 9:30am