Spiritual Formation

2021/2022 program: September 12 - May 22

Sundays 9:15 aM*

Age 0 - Grade 12

*Christian Formation classes will not be held on the Sunday following Christmas, Palm Sunday, or Easter Sunday.

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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.

  • Beulah Land

    Ages 0-3.5 (with CAREGIVER)

    Nursery, 10:30 AM

    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, Sue Savarese, and Mother Susan Russell

  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

    Ages 3.5 - Grade 5

    2nd Floor, 10:00 AM

    Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a program of Christian faith formation where children and their teachers (called “catechists”) 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

    Catechists: Kellie Gentry, Jennifer Schley-Johnson, and Huntley Skinner

    Level 2: The True Vine Atrium

    Grades 1-3

    Catechists: Kaye Cook and Pam Herndon

    Level 3: The Believers Atrium

    Grades 4-5

    Catechist: Naomi Gray

  • Middle School Class

    Grades 6-8

    Youth Room (below Chapel), 10:00 AM

    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 protected]

    Teachers: Randall Wetzig and Caroline Jennings

  • High School Class

    Grades 9-12

    Rectory Living Room, 10:00 AM

    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 [email protected]

    Teacher: Father Patrick Gray and Jenn Meakem