Children’s Ministries at Good Shepherd
Our goal is to foster the spiritual growth of children, and encourage healthy relationships between children and adults who are willing to share about their Christian faith journey. There are many programs available to children at Good Shepherd to join them on their journey. Children’s Chapel is available year-round for children; held during the first half of the church service. Chapel lessons focus on the Gospel reading for the day, and encourages active participation. Sunday school for ages 3-12 is from 10-11 am during the academic year; the curriculum nurtures the relationship that children have with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Special events throughout the year include: Children’s Holy Week Prayer Walk, Vacation Bible School, Advent Wreath Making and Soup Supper, and the Family Christmas Program, which includes the Christmas pageant.
Church of the Good Shepherd has a long-standing commitment of ministering to young people. The children’s programs at Good Shepherd are varied and appeal to a broad range of children’s interests and needs. For more information contact Kara Uhrich, Children’s Ministries Leader at karau@goodshepherdvancouver.
The religious curriculum, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, fosters a child’s spiritual growth through tangible but indirect means. Materials invite children to explore and deepen experiences at their own rhythm. Certificated catechists and their assistants prepare the environment and make presentations that “call forth” the child’s response rather than “pour in” information. The curriculum is rich in resources from the Bible, church history, and liturgy. Sunday school classes are clustered into three groups: preschool-kindergarten, first-third grades, and fourth-sixth grades. Classes meet from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., September – May. Children may begin Sunday school any time during the program year.
Sixth graders are welcome to attend Atrium III, a class designed for fourth through sixth graders, which uses the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum, or the Middle School Sunday School, open to sixth through eighth graders.
Children’s chapel services are offered each Sunday at the 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services, for two age groups: preschool-kindergarten and first-sixth grade. Children meet in the Children’s Education Building at the beginning of the service and join their parents in the church for Holy Communion. The lessons and activities in the chapel services are designed to help children understand the scripture passages that are being read in the church that particular Sunday morning.
Qualified caregivers staff the nursery on Sunday mornings from 8:15 a.m.until 12:45 p.m. and for many other church related activities. Sunday morning nursery care is for infant children through three years of age. Adult caregivers are screened through reference checks and a national background check. They also hold current first aid and infant/child CPR certification. The nursery is located north of the parish hall.
Children who are in the third grade through twelfth grade who are interested in attending the priests in the sanctuary during Sunday morning services can join the acolyte ministry. Contact Brian Goforth or Tina Henry at office@goodshepherdvancouver.