The Children's Ministries Committee develops and guides the activities for the church school and related family and community events. Its mission is to provide a loving and nurturing Christian environment in which each child can:
- Become aware of, and feel a part of, the heritage of scripture, tradition, and worship.
- Develop a sense of being loved and accepted as a unique child of God, and a member of a community of the people of God.
- Respond in love to God, community and creation.
The committee meets monthly to oversee the church school program's content and continually evaluates it to keep materials and methods fresh and meaningful.
Sunday School meets most Sundays during the school year. In the summer children are invited to attend worhsip and will have the opportunity to leave the service at sermon time for stories and activities geared to their age group. The nursery, for children 2 years old and under is available every Sunday.
Pre-K-Grade 5 (9:30am-9:50am): Children's Chapel or Playground Time (on alternate Sundays).
Pre-K-Grade 5 (9:55am-10:30am): Our program this year will be based on the workshop rotation model, which will allow children to focus on one key biblical story per month and approach it from a variety of learning modalities and activities, including theater/drama, writing, art, cooking/baking, science/technology, music, games/physical exercise and outreach/service. On subsequent Sundays, children in different age-groups will rotate through a variety of "workshop rotations" taught by “workshop leaders” whose specialty/interest lies in one of the areas listed above. "Shepherds" (group leaders) will be the consistent presence in each age-group throughout the year, taking attendance, maintaining group order, and building caring relationships with children. Visit www.rotation.org for more information on this model.
Grades 6-7 (9:30am-10:30am): Rite-13 (from the Journey to Adulthood Program) - This two-year program celebrates the individuality of each young teen and his/her creative potential, while exploring Biblical stories of God and God's people. A foundational piece of this program is a special Rite-13 liturgy that serves as a rite of passage from childhood towards adulthood (akin to a bar- or bat-mitzvah) and is celebrated by and amidst the congregation in the spring.
Grades 8-9 (3:30pm-4:30pm): J2A (from the Journey to Adulthood Program) - This two-year program picks up where Rite-13 leaves off and helps teens create and understand the importance of Christian community as they develop critical thinking and other skills they will need in adulthood. The end of the first year is marked by an “urban adventure”/outreach experience and/or an overnight retreat. The end of the second year is marked with a spiritual pilgrimage, planned and executed by the group, that is often a life-changing experience for all involved.
Our first J2A (“Journey to Adulthood”) youth pilgrimage will take place this summer from June 18-25, 2014 in Arizona. A pilgrimage is a physical journey to a sacred place (or sacred places); people who go on pilgrimage also experience an inner, spiritual journey and grow in their relationship with God. Wonder Voyage, a program which helps groups in planning pilgrimages, is assisting us with all the details.
Our pilgrimage will focus on experiencing God through nature and the Navajo culture by engaging in a variety of experiences including: exploring the Grand Canyon; visiting the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona and joining in their Taizé service; hiking the trails of Sedona; engaging in storytelling and tasting local delicacies at a Navajo celebration. of experiences including: exploring the Grand Canyon; visiting the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona and joining in their Taizé service; hiking the trails of Sedona; engaging in storytelling and tasting local delicacies at a Navajo celebration.
Another important part of this pilgrimage is mission and service. We will participate in work projects for families in need on the Navajo reservation; get to know teens in the Phoenix area; and take on an environmental project in one of a multitude of parks.
Children's programs would not happen without the help of adults and teens who offer their support as teachers, youth workers, and nursery care givers.
Needs for the 2012-13 program year:
Sunday School Workshop Leaders - Commitment: 3 consecutive Sunday mornings 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. (this includes prep & clean up time), plus any planning time. Will be responsible for creating and leading 3 half-hour "workshops" (ONE lesson adjusted/taught to 3 different age-groups) in a specialized area (cooking, theater/drama, arts/crafts, music, computer/technology, outreach/service, etc.) to help children "get into" biblical-story-of-the-month in an engaging way.
For more information, contact:
The Rev. M. Cristina Paglinauan, staff liaison, ext. 230, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie Kallmyer, committee chairwoman
For other children and youth information follow the links below:
Parish Day School
Redeemer Youth Group
Boy Scout Troop 35