Children's Ministry at CTR
We see children as participating members of the body of Christ, people who are just as able (if not more so) to relate to God as any adult; in fact, we can only know God rightly by becoming like a child. While the home is usually the primary place of formation for a child, as a parish we seek to offer children special opportunities of growth and formation that are appropriate to their specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Please join our Parents group on Facebook to connect with other parents at CTR. Feel free to share resources, ask each other questions, start a discussion, request prayer, or simply invite others to join you and your children on an adventure.
Lastly, be sure to grab your copy of the Parent’s Survival Guide. This valuable PDF details our children’s schedule for each Sunday morning, as well as the ministries offered, and survival tips. Download your copy here.
For more information on Children’s Ministries at Christ the Redeemer, please contact Fr. Brian Barry, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries, (email).
We provide child care in our sunny nursery during the 9:00 and 11:00 Sunday services and during most special liturgies and events. The CTR nursery is open to children from birth through age 3 (up to age 4). However, if a 3 year old child is ready to move into Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, this is encouraged.
We have wonderfully loving, dedicated volunteers who take care of the children each week. Our volunteers have all taken the SafeChurch training program and had a background check. Volunteers are welcome to join the team. Generally, each team member is scheduled one Sunday per month. Volunteers must complete an application form along with the state and national required form.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (3 – 12 years old)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd takes a unique approach to Christian formation. Rooted in the Bible and the liturgy of the church, CGS creates space for students and catechists (leaders) to listen to God together and to experience his love through multi-sensory Scripture presentations and contemplative work and times of prayer. Children gather in a room specially prepared for them called an “atrium,” which contains hands-on materials that the children can work with and use, such as a model altar and dioramas of Jesus’ life.
CGS goes beyond basic child care, providing intentional spiritual formation for children. It is taught during the 9:00am and 11:00am services, as well as during the Children’s Formation Hour at 10:00am.