I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw.
How can we learn without observing others with wisdom and knowledge? How can we love with all of our heart what we do not know and understand? How can we say that we love our God if we do not strive to be with him in word, prayer and action?
We have an amazing avenue to address these fundamental questions and grow the faith of our children, namely, Faith Kids: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Catechesis is a Greek word meaning “teaching”, and is a verbal tradition that is based on the premise that God and young people are in a unique relationship. This relationship involves patience, trust, love, and respect. These attributes will be a focus of the teaching that occurs in the children's classroom we call “Atrium” which is a sacred space for our children as they share in an education of Faith involving parables, prayer, Biblical knowledge, the covenants and how all of these things fit into our weekly worship. Our goal is to have an environment that is joyful yet respectful, children that are excited yet attentive, and a church body that is engaged and involved in modeling a loving heart for growing the relationship with God that we truly seek for ourselves as well as our children.
There are three Atrium levels that have a rotating teaching platform that allows children to join at any time without feeling out of place as there is no specific lesson order and the pace moves as spiritually directed by the children. There is teaching and meditation on scripture, singing, praying, and other activities involved in the Sunday sessions. If you wish to observe a class in session or enroll a child, please contact Suzanne Dorsch, Director of Children's Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org or go directly to the CONNECT tab on the church's website.
You may be thinking at this point that some magic will occur that creates the space, teachers, and curricula to enrich the lives of our young people. Thankfully we have a Children’s Ministry team that is working hard to provide this fantastic opportunity for the children of our congregation. There are two things needed however: a commitment to have the children involved weekly and adult assistants to provide help in the Atrium. Zig Ziglar said “You hit what you aim at, and if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” As a church family we must aim to show our youngest that a loving relationship with God and community is both learned and fostered through worshipping together as often as possible. Consider this from Broadways new hit Hamilton, “If you stand for nothing then what will you fall for?” So take a stand with us and join with your children in a wonderful year of growth, education, and joy!
Our first Sunday of class for this school year will be this Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. The time with the children is precious and goes by quickly. If possible, please arrive a few minutes early so everyone has a chance to settle in before we begin.