Our Youngest Disciples

 

Children’s Ministry

 

At Christ the Redeemer, children are participating members of the Body of Christ. Not only are children capable of relating to God, but relating to God well means that adults become like them. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16).

While the home ought to be the primary place for the formation of a child, we offer opportunities for growth that are appropriate to children’s specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

 

The Nursery (0 – 3 Years old)

 

Available during our 9:00am and 11:00am Sunday services, as well most special events. Christ the Redeemer’s nursery provides a safe space for our smallest parishioners to work, sing, and fall in love with Jesus. The purpose of the toddler ministry is to prepare the hearts and minds of 0 – 3 year-olds for Level I of our children’s formation program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. (However, if a 3 year-old child is ready to move into Catechesis, this is encouraged!)

We take the safety of our children very seriously. All of our wonderfully loving, dedicated volunteers have undergone formal vetting and training processes, including background checks on both state and national levels and SafeChurch Training.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (3 – 12 years old)

 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a children’s ministry program that invites children to encounter God. It’s an approach to Christian Formation in which children and adults listen to God together and experience God’s gift of love through multi-sensory Scripture presentations, contemplative work, and times of prayer.

CGS is rooted in the Bible and the Liturgy of the Church. Children gather in a room specially prepared for them called an “atrium,” which contains hands-on materials that the children work with, like a model altar or a diorama of Jesus’ life. They also gather around a prayer table each week to listen and talk to God.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered:

9:00 am — During the sermon, children ages3-8 are invited to gather in the Baptistery for a time of prayer, scripture, and song.
10:00 am — Formation Hour: Children ages 3-5 meet on the Parish Hall stage. Children 6-8 and 9-12 meet in the Sheepfold.
11:00 am — At the singing of the Gloria, children depart for Catechesis in procession, following the Cross. Children ages 3-5 go right to the Parish Hall; children ages 6+ go left to the Sheepfold. They return during the Offertory for Holy Communion.
To learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, you might start here!