We are excited to finally be able to restart our children’s Christian Formation programs in earnest. This email will outline our plans for the fall and hopefully answer all of your questions. Here are the highlights:
We will start regular Sunday school on September 19th.
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.
Enhanced cleaning will happen in all children’s spaces.
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).
We are not able to offer nursery services for younger children at this time, but we do have a special area for children and families on the west side of the sanctuary.
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.
We know that youth group is 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.
Therefore, 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 email or phone 773.332.4010.
We are so excited to welcome your children back into our sacred spaces and continue our journey together with God. We believe that formation at Church of Our Saviour is a life-long journey. We take special care of our youngest members by nourishing them to begin, form, and strengthen their relationship with God.