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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. 

Events for Children, Youth & Families

01
MAR

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

01
MAR

Youth Group

Date: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
New Youth Room

08
MAR

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, March 8, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

15
MAR

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

15
MAR

Youth Group

Date: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
New Youth Room

22
MAR

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, March 22, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

29
MAR

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, March 29, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

05
APR

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

05
APR

Youth Group

Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
New Youth Room

12
APR

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

19
APR

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, April 19, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

19
APR

Youth Group

Date: 
Sunday, April 19, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
New Youth Room

26
APR

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

03
MAY

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, May 3, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

03
MAY

Youth Group

Date: 
Sunday, May 3, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
New Youth Room

10
MAY

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, May 10, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

17
MAY

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, May 17, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

17
MAY

Youth Group

Date: 
Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
New Youth Room

24
MAY

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, May 24, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

31
MAY

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

07
JUN

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, June 7, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

07
JUN

Youth Group

Date: 
Sunday, June 7, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
New Youth Room

14
JUN

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, June 14, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

21
JUN

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, June 21, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

28
JUN

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

05
JUL

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, July 5, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

12
JUL

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, July 12, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

19
JUL

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, July 19, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

26
JUL

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, July 26, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

02
AUG

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

09
AUG

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, August 9, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

16
AUG

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, August 16, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

23
AUG

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, August 23, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

30
AUG

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, August 30, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

06
SEP

The Button Room

Date: 
Sunday, September 6, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
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