We are working now with 5 children grades three through six in the Atrium of the Living Vine/True Bread. They meet on Sundays after the 9:30am worship. We have one four year old who comes to work and worship in the Atrium of the Good Shepherd on an afternoon after school. (You might notice that the names of our rooms are some of the names for our Lord Jesus. The children discover these names through parables.)
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has a clear method to enable youngsters to recognize and understand the seasons of the church year. For instance, Advent is the time of preparation for the Feast of Christmas. Lent is the time of preparation for the Great Feast of Easter…a Feast that lasts for 50 days.
The older children are working more with Bibles in hand. They are finding passages on their own. We also spend time with the Sunday bulletin as the liturgy is often a mirror to materials they have used in the atrium. They will be working with some of the prophets in the next few weeks, particularly those proclaiming the coming and sacrifice of the Messiah. There will also be presentations about the last week of the life of Christ.
Our four year old continues to grow more comfortable in the space by setting up the prayer table, arranging flowers to make it beautiful and bring a breath of God’s creation, and enjoying practical tasks like spraying the plants or dusting the tables. We spend time at the prayer table and share presentations of the parables and parts of the liturgy. There is also review of the calendar of the church year.
Any time spent in this work is a blessing. The young people are wonderful teachers and a young Spirit is a particularly holy thing. You are welcome to join us any time.