A Ministry to Families
At Church of the Redeemer, we desire to nurture each child’s spiritual formation from before birth. We believe it is our role as their faith community to help support families as they walk with our children through each stage of life.
We tailor experiences in worship, education, and fellowship to the individual developmental needs of the child in order to cultivate an understanding of God’s profound love for them.
Ages: Birth-2 years
Our Nursery classes are designed for children ages 0-2. We seek to provide a loving, nurturing atmosphere where children will be shown the love of God through our volunteers and staff. Our classrooms are designed to provide a comfortable space for children to play and learn about God while their parents participate in the main service.
The Nursery classes are open 15 minutes before each service and remain open through the end of the service. Parents are encouraged to pick up their children during the Passing of the Peace in order to celebrate Communion as a family.
Ages: 3 years—5th grade
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a unique approach to the spiritual nurture of young children. This is a Montessori-based method that recognizes the inherent spirituality of all people regardless of age. It is not a traditional “Sunday school,” with adults teaching a lesson. Instead, we have volunteers and staff who have been specially trained and who share in the spiritual journey of the children as they learn to fall in love with their Good Shepherd. These catechists find that it enriches their own religious lives in a profound way.
Families whose children spend Sunday mornings in the atrium (their sacred learning space) are similarly enriched. And the impact on a parish church using Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is profound.
During the school year, we offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (www.cgsusa.org) Level 1 for ages 3 – 6 and Level 2 for ages 6 – 3rd grade. We also have a class for children in 4th-5th grade that meets periodically after the service during the hospitality hour. Starting in the fall of 2020, we are excited to open Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 3 for children 3rd - 5th grade.
We take the summer months to give the children time to worship together with their family and serve in the garden. During the summer months, we offer Garden & Grow for ages 3–5th grade.