Children’s faith formation occurs on the first three Sundays of the month, from 10:20am-10:50am, between our 9:30am and 11am services. There is no children’s faith formation outside of worship on the fourth or fifth Sundays of the month.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Atrium serves children ages 3-6

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to children’s Christian formation that is based on the methods of Maria Montessori. In 1954, Hebrew scholar, Sophia Cavalletti, along with Montessori educator, Gianna Gobbi, began this program by observing children from ages three to twelve. Through their observations and work with the children they were made aware of the deep relationship children already have with God. Their goal was to help the children find God by themselves.

A dedicated space called “the atrium” is central to this formation program. In the ancient church, an atrium was the place where people would prepare themselves to enter the church from the outside world. Therefore, in our atrium the children are preparing for the church and developing a deeper relationship with God. Within this sacred space, children are given material that helps them discover the most essential meanings of Jesus’ message. This allows children the time they so desperately need to build personal connection with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Along with song, prayer, Bible readings, and nomenclature of the church, the children are becoming fully prepared to be participants in the liturgy of the church.

Sunday School

Serves children ages 7-11 and Middle Schoolers

In addition to our Atrium, there are two Sunday School groups offered for our older children and younger youth. Each group uses a different curriculum, intentionally chosen for their ability to provide strong theological and scriptural grounding within the progressive Christian tradition.

Ages 7-11

This group uses the Mini Revolutions curriculum by Illustrated Ministry. It is based on the Revised Common Lectionary and guides children and families into practicing the rhythms and experience the seasons of the church year through the revolutions of the liturgical calendar.

Middle Schoolers

Our Middle School group uses the Colaborate Bible Study curriculum by Spark House. Throughout the year, the group will explore both Testaments of the Bible through conversation, activities, and, importantly, through questions. Questioning and bringing their lives to Scripture is encouraged as a vital part of living a life of faith.

Youth Group

More information coming soon about Youth Group offerings.