CHILDREN'S FAITH FORMATION
January-March 2021: Sundays, 9:40-10:10 a.m. by Zoom, Facebook Live, and/or YouTube.
Note: We continue to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic and respond to the recommendations of state and local officials, our Diocesan bishops, and the St. John's regathering committee. Children's Faith Formation will continue in our Zoom format until further notice. We are tentatively planning some outdoor activity in late March. Please stand by for details.
The Rev. Joanne Tetrault
Associate Rector for Children's Ministries
VOLUNTEERS ARE ESSENTIAL
We are asking that each family/parent consider volunteering at least ONE SUNDAY between now and June. We need 4 adults each Sunday to sustain our format! Watch the video below and/or click on the button to sign up. High school students are welcome to volunteer and earn service hours!
Please enjoy an occasional rotation of stories read by our moms and teachers! Click the videos below.
Ms. Clare: Ten Coins
Ms. Lauren: Who Counts
Children’s Faith Formation at St. John’s supports families in creating a strong foundation of knowledge in the Episcopal faith, helping children connect with God, and practice being good disciples of Jesus Christ within their families and communities.
We will support this connection by:
Fostering a deeper sense of community at St. John’s
Providing opportunities to better understand the Episcopal faith
Choosing developmentally-appropriate faith formation activities that help make connections between Sunday lessons and our lives
Offering families support in creating a shared understanding of discipleship
Sharing our joy in discovery and deepening our faith through play, worship, and lived experience
Children's Faith Formation is available to children who are age three up to grade 5 as of September. Sessions are held from mid-September to early June. Register here for the 2020-2021 program year.
We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through introducing new curricula and formats for distance learning. Details are subject to change.
Program Year Activities — Beginning September 20, 2020
In September 2020 we will introduce a new curriculum by Sparkhouse, which will allow us to experiment with a multitude of engaging, age-appropriate, and theologically-rich digital offerings.
Preschool through Grade 5 — will experience 30-minute Zoom gatherings on Sundays from 9:40-10:10 a.m. Families can then easily transition to the livestreamed service from Historic Church at 10:15 a.m.
The children will gather by Zoom for introductions to the day and prayer, then go into age-based “breakout” sections for the lesson, music, and activity. All will regather as a group for sending out.
Godly Play — we will continue to offer this powerful, imaginative method for presenting scripture stories to children and allowing them to wonder and respond. In Godly Play, we tell Bible stories to children to encourage them to enter into the stories and relate them to their personal experience.
This year, the focus will be Godly Play Stories of God from Home whereby parents and their young children can experience the act of wonder together in a virtual format.
Supervised Nursery — During this time of Covid-19 gathering restrictions, Supervised Nursery is not available.
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