Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” We, too, welcome children into our Christian family, cherishing them and nurturing them so they can come into a fuller relationship with Christ and the church. Our programs do not simply provide information about God, but create an environment for encounters with God through worship, biblical exploration, prayer, and fellowship.
Our youngest children and their parents/caregivers gather for this short time (about 15-20 minutes) of singing songs and experiencing a colorful felt board Bible story. The Beulah Land curriculum is designed to help the very young develop and nurture a visual vocabulary of faith. It not only teaches children Bible stories, but also opens the world of Scripture to their imaginations. Several faith themes are repeated throughout the Beulah Land flannel board scripts: “God has never stopped loving us,” “God’s love is always enough and more than enough,” and “Hear the story and let it change you.” After the story time, parents often sit and chat together while their children play. It provides a wonderful environment for parents and children to get to know each other better.
Beulah Land Storytellers: Sarah Doran, Caroline McDonnell, Joanna Kline, and Mother Susan Russell
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a program of Christian faith formation where children and their teachers (called “catechists”) can listen to God together and experience the joy of God’s gift of love through multi-sensory Scripture presentations, contemplative work, and times of prayer. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in a room prepared for them called an “atrium,” a specially prepared space containing hands-on materials that the children can work with and use. The children also gather around a prayer table each week to listen and talk to God.
Level 1: The Good Shepherd Atrium
Ages 3.5 by September 1st to kindergarten
Catechist: Kellie Gentry
Level 2: The True Vine Atrium
Catechist: Kaye Cook
Level 3: The Believers Atrium
Catechist: Naomi Gray
The Middle School class meets weekly to explore the Bible and our place in the world. Join us for occasional youth events and outings.
We also partner with WyldLife. For more information about WyldLife, please visit the Young Life Boston North Shore website and/or contact Father Patrick at 617-840-5562 or email@example.com
Teachers: Ian DeWeese-Boyd and Ian Drummond
The High School class meets with Father Patrick in the Rectory living room on Sunday mornings during church school. The group functions as Father Patrick's "brain trust," looking together at the upcoming Sunday's lesson that Father Patrick will focus on in his sermon. So come and help Father Patrick with his preaching! For our youth group activities and fellowship, we partner with Young Life. For more information about Young Life, please visit the YoungLife-Boston North Shore website and/or contact Father Patrick at 617-840-5562 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher: Father Patrick Gray