Children’s formation

We celebrate all the ways that God is at work in our children’s lives at St.Timothy’s. We are so glad you have chosen to bring your child to St.Timothy’s!  A child’s faith formation starts with the parents and caregivers, so you are in the right place. Check out the various opportunities for your child to grow at St.Timothy’s.  

Sunday Morning Formation

Nursery

St.Timothy’s offers a nursery for our youngest children. Our nursery is staffed by professional sitters and available on Sunday mornings during Mass and Formation and during special services, like feasts and evensongs.  It is also open on Wednesday nights so parents and caregivers can go to Formation.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is our version of Sunday School for children ages 3*– 3rd grade. It is based on the belief that young children can - and do - experience God. This approach to the religious formation of children is rooted in the Holy Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.

Children meet in our Atrium - a room designed to be a respite from the outside world.  A space void of achievement, points systems, and competition. A space filled with calm air, quiet voices, intentional movements, and focused minds.  A consistent space for children to end one week and begin the next with a fresh start. Children receive lessons from adult "Catechists," who are CGS trained and certified. Hands-on materials are used to help children and Catechists reflect on the great mysteries of the Christian faith. They ponder biblical passages or prayers from the liturgy by using the materials created for that text and working with them—placing wood figures of sheep in the sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist. Older children often copy parables from the Bible, place written prayers in order from the Rite of Baptism, or label a long timeline showing the history of the kingdom of God.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a sensorially rich experience which illuminates and nourishes the child in his/her most vital religious needs.

Level I:

  • Who: Ages 3 - Readiness/Kindergarten                                                                                                 

  • When: This session begins at 8:45 AM, which is fifteen minutes before the 9:00 AM service. It concludes when all children process into the church prior to Holy Communion to join their parents during mass.  

Level II:

  • Who: Ages Kindergarten - 3rd grade

  • When:  This session begins at 10:00 AM and runs until 11:30 AM.  Depending on which mass your family chooses to attend and if your child is participating in liturgy through Order of Alcuin or one of our many Children’s Choirs, your child may come and go as needed.  We will host all group lessons from 10:15 to 10:50 so everyone may participate.

Volunteering:  Our Atrium is prepared and led by volunteers.  If you are interested in learning more about serving as a volunteer with this work, please let us know.  

Contacts:  Emily Ball - emilynball@gmail.com; Elizabeth Warfield - elizabeth101@me.com

*Children must be potty-trained.

Advanced Godly Play

Our 4th & 5th graders are engaged in Advanced Godly Play on Sunday mornings.  By experiencing the stories of the people of God, they begin to understand themselves as a part of the larger narrative of how God works in the world.  (I’ll add some here--to flesh it out more like CGS)

Discovery Room

The Discovery Room is a space for children ages 5 and younger* to explore, play, and wonder together as they grow as children of God.  Safe-Church certified volunteers lead children in simple Bible stories and crafts. Classic toys and Montessori-inspired lessons fill the shelves - providing familiarity, as well as an opportunity for our Preschool-aged children to prepare or continue the work of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.   

  • Who: 5 years old and younger*

  • When:  10:15-11:00 AM on Sunday mornings and from 6:00-7:00 PM on Wednesday evenings during Adult Formation.

Wednesday Night Formation

St.Timothy’s has a long history of a mid-week gathering for formation, fellowship, and choirs.  

On Wednesdays, children’s formation focuses on learning a simple faith practice they can take home and practice with their families.  Choirs are available for ages 5-105.(Create a link to the “Choirs” section on the site here.) Wednesday night formation is available for children ages 5-5th grade, Middle School Youth & High School Youth also meet.  (Maybe put a link to youth here?) We welcome children under 5 in the Nursery or Discovery Room from 6:00-7:00 PM.

Club 543

Club 543 is open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders as they practice living out their faith by serving in the local community. Whether helping stock the food pantry at New Communion, preparing for our winter Overflow Homeless Shelter, or celebrating Las Posadas with our friends at Anthony’s Plot--Club 543 nurtures an active response to God’s love in our kids as they seek to share with their neighbors.     

Annual Intergenerational events include:  VBS, Old Fashioned Hymn Sing, Trunk-or-Treat, St.Nicholas Festival, Christmas caroling, campouts, hikes, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Easter Egg Hunt, and game nights.