Given the current situation with the omicron variant, we are going to adjust our current Sunday school programming. There will be no Sunday school on Sunday, January 9th. Starting on Sunday, January 16th and running through the rest of the month, We will run a single classroom in the big central room for any children who wish to come. In the center room, we will be better able to spread out and have more ventilation. Everyone will need to be fully masked, and both COS instructors are fully vaccinated and boosted. They will design lessons that will meet different ages where they are. At the end of January, we will reassess our plans for the future. Senior and junior high will continue to operate separately as they have this fall. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office.
Nusery (Ages 3 and Under)
Due to current COVID restrictions, we are not currently offering nursery services. We look forward to welcoming our littlest ones back once their safety can be more assured.
Atria (Ages 3- 12)
We are excited to finally be able to restart our children’s Christian Formation programs in earnest!
Sunday school will take place between 10-11:30am each Sunday.
Teachers will be present starting 5 minutes before it begins.
If you attend the 9am service, pick up time will now always be 11:30am.
If you attend the 10:45am service, children will enter at the offertory as usual.
Everyone (kids and teachers alike) will need to be masked at all times. We will have children’s masks available if someone forgets.
We will be restarting our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atria (classrooms) first.
The Atrium for 3-6 year olds will be led by Rebecca Elfring-Roberts, Joan Roberts, and Betsy Cade. The 3-6 year old child is particularly capable of receiving and enjoying the most essential elements of our faith - the announcement of God's love, in the person of the Good Shepherd. Our time focuses on the person of Jesus and the parables of the Kingdom as well as on the articles and gestures of the mass.
The Atrium for 6-9 year olds will be led by Todd Young and Linda Winnard, where the focus is on Jesus, the True Vine: "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, bears fruit. Cut off from me you can do nothing." The proclamation responds to the deep need of the older child to know better their relationships with God, family and the larger community. Our time focuses on the moral parables as well as more in-depth work on the liturgy and the sacraments.
The Atrium for 9-12 years will be led by Betsy Peterson and Peter Civetta. The imagination and agility of this age allows us to continue our work on the plan of God for Salvation by exploring the past, the present and the future. The emphasis is on our response to this unfolding generosity of God and the responsibilities that come with receiving God's great gifts. Our time focuses on seeing the unity between Scripture, sacraments, liturgy and our lived experience. · Registration for these rooms can be found here.
There will not be Sunday school on November 28 (Thanksgiving), December 26, and January 2 (Christmas break).
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd’s USA website asks us to think of our children’s spiritual life in this way…
“If an adult hears a beautiful…Bible passage, the adult might read it slowly…think deeply about the words…speak to God in a thankful prayer. A little child…needs another way. In an atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or [a moment] in the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it – placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold…setting apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar…Older children may also copy parables from the Bible, place prayers in order from the rite of baptism, or label a long time line showing the history of the kingdom of God.”
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a rich and varied spiritual programming for our younger children. The individual atria are facilitated by our talented catechists, a number of whom have dozens of years of experience, not only as catechists, but as catechesis trainers at the national level. We are truly blessed to have this quality of spiritual formation for our young children.
Junior & Senior High
This year we are excited to bring together our junior and senior high youth (grades 7-12) for combined programming led by Clare Nolan, Mark Watson, Alice Kovacik, and Lavell Rogers.
High School Youth Group
We know that youth group may be new to many COS families, and we are excited to introduce you to the program, which has a rich history in our parish. You can hear directly from some of our young people about their experience on our annual service trip in this video.
We need every parent to sign up to support our Sunday school programs once between now and Christmas break. You will either be a greeter, a substitute teacher, or maybe just attend/experience the atrium with your child. You will be assigned and trained for your role depending on our needs that week. For us all to succeed, we really need every parent to volunteer just once - plus, we will hope to make it a fun and engaging experience for you too. Here is the link to SIGN-UP. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Peter Civetta by contacting the office.