CHILDREN'S FAITH FORMATION
Chaplain Associate for Children's Faith Formation
With school starting and the Delta variant of COVID being a concern, we have a lot to deal with. I wanted to share some prayers — from Common Prayer for Children and Families by Jenifer Gamber & Timothy J.S. Seamons — that we could use as we navigate the winds and the waves of our time. It is my hope that we will turn to God who is ever-present with us—our anchor and safe haven.
With my prayers for you and yours,
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. Registration for 2021-2022 is now open!
Program Year Activities — Beginning September 26, 2021; in-person outside under the Tent and via Zoom
In 2020 we introduced Sparkhouse, a lectionary-based curriculum which has a multitude of engaging, age-appropriate, and theologically-rich digital resources.
Preschool through Grade 5 — CFF in-person gatherings will be held under the tent on Sundays, 10:20 –10:50 a.m. (Please feel free to bring your children by 10:15 AM; we are aiming to start on time for those who will be partaking in the Eucharist in Historic Church).
For the children participating in the Zoom gatherings, we will meet on Sundays, 9:45 –10:25 a.m. Families can then easily transition to the livestream service from the Historic Church at 10:30 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. The Zoom link was emailed out to CFF families. If you did not receive the link, please contact Kiona Lookingbill, email@example.com.
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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