Director, Seminary Internships
1st Grade Children's Catechumenate
Sunday mornings, 10:25 - 11:05 am
Location: Sunday School wing Downstairs. Room 103
St. Peter’s is proud to offer first graders and their families a unique and exciting experience in their Christian journey. Our first grade curriculum, “One Family of Faith” was developed to prepare our children for worship in the Anglican tradition, with a special emphasis on Baptism and Holy Eucharist. This class helps them become active participating members of the body of Christ and culminates with a Festal Eucharist during the Easter Season. For more information, contact Carol Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Family of Faith
"Let the little children come to me and do not stop them
Because the Kingdom of God Belongs to such as these."
St. Peter's Anglican Church “One Family of Faith” class, is a process by which our children learn all about being part of God’s Christian Family, the Body of Christ. We achieve this by focusing on the traditions of Anglican worship, Holy Baptism, the Holy Eucharist, the Biblical basis behind our Liturgical worship, exploration of worship spaces, various Liturgical ministries and the importance of Christian mission.
Our curriculum was created to prepare our children for worship in the Anglican tradition and through the years has grown into a full Catechumenate process for children. The Year culminates with their Festal Eucharist and with parental permission, those who are Baptized will receive the Holy Eucharist along with their Christian Family on the Sunday after Easter. Our class will even bake the Eucharistic bread for the service . This is a very important day in the life of the children and we encourage the Godparents, grandparents be invited.
Class Calendar, as soon as we have every family signed up to bring bread to share, at least two Sundays during the year, I will provide a class calendar for all of you. With this you will be able to keep up with what your child is doing in Sunday School each week, there Scripture reference and who brings the weekly Bread to share. Please note on the calendar that both our Clergy, worship leaders and special speakers are involved in sharing important lessons and their individual ministries with the children.
Christian Giving (missions), because God calls his Christian Family to be his light in the world, and “God loves a cheerful giver”, our First Graders are involved in three major giving projects, Boy’s Town Thanksgiving project, Advent Giving & Faith Works, Teddy Bear Collection. Be looking to help with these important opportunities to get involved.
Family Sunday, every month or so you are invited to attend “Family Sunday”, at least one parent, God Parent or Grandparent are encouraged to join each child for Sunday School to learn along side their First Grader. These Sundays become very important to your children. I urge you to join us for those special Sundays.
Sharing Bread, the Bible tells us that Jesus shared bread with his friends all the time. Our class will enjoy this tradition as well, at the end of class each week. Every Sunday, one family will be responsible for bringing some type of bread for us to share. (Be sure to sign up for a couple of Sundays soon.
Worship, in order for your child to benefit completely from this class, our First Graders should experience Worship with you on a regular basis. Parents, it will be important for you to guide your child in Worship and help him/her learn to participate in the service. (As Anglicans we participate in our worship to God.) Please encourage praying, singing, good manners, listening and observing what is happening in the service. In class we will strive to give the children a better understanding of why we go to church and what we do there. As part of the understanding we will be teaching the Biblical reasons for the foundation that supports our Liturgical Worship and Anglican Traditions.
Bibles, each child receive an ESV Children’s Bible on their first day of Sunday School. This Bible has been recommended by our priest at St. Peter’s. We will want the children to get in the habit of bringing their Bibles to Church every Sunday. We will use them in class and they can reference them in Church, maybe during the sermon. Our prayer is that God’s Holy Word will give them the Peace, love and Joy that only our Lord can give.
Through the year we have so much in store for the children. We encourage parents to be involved as well, and want them to always feel free to join the children on their journey as they explore the Anglican traditions and Liturgical Worship and gain an understanding of their special place in the Body of Christ.
For more information on our Children’s Catechumenate, please contact:
Mrs. Carol Long
Director of Seminarian Internships
St. Peter’s Anglican Church