Children at St. John’s

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Jesus sees much value in our children that the world does not see. At St. John’s we view it as part of our mission as faithful Christians to minister to our children the way Jesus expects us to.

The ministry to the children at St. John’s Episcopal Church is based on respect for the inherent spirituality of the child and the belief that God and the child are already in relationship.  As adults, our task is to provide the environment where our children may deeply encounter Christ. At St. John’s, we use “The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” as the method to aid in this relationship.  Based on the educational principles of Maria Montessori, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a sensationally rich method for children to grow in love and knowledge of God through interaction with the Bible and the liturgy of the church.  Each Sunday, children from the ages of 3 years old to fifth grade, are invited to their developmentally-appropriate “atrium,”  rooms prepared for them which contains simple yet enticing materials to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith.  The Atrium is a place for exploration, discovery and joy, the first leg of a spiritual journey that will last their entire lives.hs-5

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered each Sunday during the Education Hour from 9 AM – 10 AM and also during the 10 AM worship service for children ages 3 through 3rd grade.  St. John’s also provides childcare in our nursery on Sunday mornings from 8:45 to 11:15am. We welcome children ages birth through 2 years of age. Other special activities for the children offered throughout the year include:  “Family Game Nights,” Advent Wreath Workshop, a St. Nicholas Day celebration, a Children-led Christmas Pageant, an Easter Egg Hunt and various other events.