Children – Sundays:
Our main curriculum for children ages 3-11 is Godly Play. Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.
When Christian language is learned by the Godly Play approach, it is learned as a means to know God and to make meaning of our lives. This approach is quite different from the traditional model in which the teacher tells the children what they need to know. Godly Play is not about things that are that simple. It is not just about learning lessons or keeping children entertained. It is about locating each lesson in the whole system of Christian language and involving the creative process to discover the depths of meaning in them. It’s about understanding how each of the stories of God’s people connects with the child’s own experience and relationship with God. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.
Each year children move through stories of the Old and New Testaments, stories about why we do what do in the ways we do it (Advent, Lent, the Holy Eucharist, the Mystery of Easter, etc.) and the stories Jesus told – the parables.
Will provide a link here to calendar of stories
Learn More About Godly Play:
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Children’s Church is a worship experience for three and four year olds. Children are dropped off in the multipurpose room before the late service starts for an age appropriate worship service including songs, prayers, stories, crafts and play time. The children return to the main service at the Peace. Lay volunteers share leadership for this program.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is our service of the Word for children in kindergarten through second grade. Lay volunteers are paired with a member of the clergy or church program staff to lead children in an informal (questions encouraged!) experience of the Word portion of the liturgy. Children exit the late service at the first reading and return to the church for the liturgy of the Table.
Nursery care is available downstairs, below the nave, just past the multipurpose room for children ages 0 through 5 years old. An experienced and caring team will keep your children through the formation hour and the later service. Please provide our nursery team members, Teresa and Kristy, with any supplies your child may need (diapers, snacks, drinks, favorite toys). Please sign your children in and out! If your child is not well or has trouble getting comfortable in the nursery one of the staff will find you to let you know.
Children – Weekdays and Special Events:
After the Wednesday evening Eucharist and Shepherd’s Night Out, our shared meal in Talbird Hall, there are social programs for infants through kindergarten (downstairs in the multipurpose room) and first through fifth graders (upstairs in the middle school Sunday school room). Both programs feature 35-40 minutes for play and fellowship while parents attend Wednesday evening classes.
Vacation Bible School
VBS is one of the best weeks of the year at Good Shepherd! Rising 4 year olds through rising 5th graders are invited to join in a week-long celebration of faith featuring song, skits, bible stories, crafts and games from 9 to noon each day. VBS is usually the first full week in June. Middle and high school students are welcome as volunteers.
We believe strongly that children can be servant leaders in the congregation and in the world. It can be difficult to find opportunities for your children to be of service to others and we would like to help with that. Service to others is an important piece of our lives as Christians. Consider some of the ways your children might take part:
Family Promise: Many families volunteer together when we host the homeless four times a year- spending the night as overnight hosts, making a sharing a meal with our guests, playing games and doing crafts with the children in the evenings.
Christmas Tea: Every year we host a Christmas Tea at a local nursing/convalescent facility. We sing carols and we bring goodies (which your kids can make), Christmas cards and good cheer.
Food Drives: At least once a year we have canned food drives to help restock the shelves of the food bank and Metropolitan Ministries. Children bring the food up to the altar along with the offering at Sunday services.