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Children & Youth

Children's Program: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)

Sunday School at SJB

By Julia Wight

Welcome to our Sunday School program Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS). We meet on Sundays from 10-11 AM. After that the children join their families for Holy Eucharist.

Children start at around aged 3 in a family grouping ages 3-6. They enter a dedicated space called the Atrium. This name was given to the space between the street and the church designated for those awaiting baptism during the days of the early church.

This dedicated space is a prepared environment set up to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the young. The observer will be struck by its beauty, order and simplicity. Low furniture and shelving is an essential element with carefully prepared activities of practical life like pouring, sorting and folding which builds co-ordination of movement, confidence and dignity.

The little ones set up a prayer table with a prayer cloth corresponding to the seasonal Liturgical color, the Bible, a candle and perhaps a cross and some flowers. There, they gather for prayer and singing. Then the catechist usually gives a presentation on scripture using simple handmade materials from the lnfancy narratives, parables about the Kingdom of God and the Liturgy. They then choose their own activities. This includes not only the activities of practical life and handmade materials but also art work and tracing packets.

If you have any questions or would like a tour of our program, please contact the Parish Office.

Youth Formation​

Youth are encouraged to be full participants in regular worship and parish life, and are welcome to particpate in any and all parish programs including formation programs nominally aimed at adults.

St. John’s takes a flexible approach to youth programs. This allows us to accommodate the busy schedules of modern youth. Our youth group is small numerically but has a high level of interest and a desire to learn deeply and well, so we move at a pace driven by the interests of our young adults instead of marching along to a prescribed program.

  • Acolyting: Youth in 6th-12th grade serve as acolytes on a weekly basis, assisting the clergy and eucharistic ministers at the altar. This introduces the idea of service beyond faithful attendance.
  • Confirmation preparation: We are presently using Jennifer Gamber’s My Faith My Life as our guide to confirmation preparation. This preparation happens on an as needed basis to respond to the needs of youth in our program and to correspond with the bishop's scheduled visitation. 
  • Taking advantage of diocesan opportunities: St. John’s youth participate with youth around the diocese in activities such as Camp Huston, weekend retreats, and serving as youth pages and representatives at Diocesan Convention. 

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