Children Formation


What does Formation for Children look like at St. B's?

  • Praying and caring for our babies, toddlers and their parents on Sunday mornings, and also providing meals and community support for families with newborns or newly adopted children are hallmarks of Nursery. Learn more here.
  • Using Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, our three to nine year old children experience the joy of relationship with Jesus through Scripture, liturgy and community. Learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd directly below.
  • Hearing the story of God found in Scripture, our 4th, 5th and 6th graders grow in their trust of God, and seek ways we can with one another.  Learn more about 456 here
  • Transforming the playground into Biblical places and "traveling" there in June through our Journey to ... experience. Mark your calendars for Journey to the Sea of Galilee, June 21 - 23. 
  • Worshipping with our families in the Nave and following the cross out after the Gospel reading for the Children's Homily. Learn more about the homily here
  • Walking with parents through our quarterly Linking Arms seminars as they guide their children into the way of the Jesus and the church. 
  • Telling the story to our church family of the birth of Jesus through the Christmas Pageant held the Sunday before Christmas during the formation hour (10 a.m.)




Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Formation for 3 yrs - 3rd grade, Sundays at 10 a.m. 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori based formation experience for children and adults. Children explore the Scriptures, prayer, and the Anglican tradition. In this model, teachers are called catechists and are trained to guide the children and the classroom is called an atrium. The atria are a holy space created intentionally for the child. 


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Level 1

The foundational scripture for 3 yrs. - K is the Good Shepherd (John 10 ). Every class begins with singing and a presentation on the Scriptures, Biblical geography, or the liturgy. Then each child chooses to work with materials that make the mystery of God more concrete.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Level 2

The foundational Scripture for 1st - 3rd grade is the True Vine (John 15). Children consider the things that God has done throughout time, and also how the love of God is shared wit

456

4th - 6th grades, Sundays at 10 a.m. & 4th Sunday afternoons

On Sunday mornings, children in 4th - 6th grades will begin to make connections between the Old and New Testaments as they study the covenants of God. As the children ponder God’s plan, they recognize their role as co-laborers with Him. 


On the 4th Sunday of each month, we consider the ways we can reveal the Kingdom through acts of justice and mercy. We then come back later in the day for either group service or celebration. 




Nursery

For Infants - 3 yrs.

8:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. on Sundays

The nursery is open on Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. During the formation hour at 10 a.m., 2's & 3's will share in the reading of Holy Scripture, books, songs, purposeful materials and prayers with adult volunteers. 


Things to know:

  • All caregivers will be vaccinated.
  • All toys and surfaces will be regularly wiped down.
  • Snacks will not be provided though you can pack some for your child. 
  • Caregivers will receive and return children to their parents at the doors. 

Masks are required for everyone 3 years and up in the building at this time regardless of vaccination status. 


Please Note: Moms are welcome to nurse in the sanctuary. If you would like privacy, please see a staff member wearing a blue name tag. 


For questions regarding the nursery, please email our nursery coordinator, Emily Newton at nursery@stbs.net


Children's Homily

We believe that our common worship on Sundays is not complete without our children. We also recognize that it can be challenging for children to sit through an hour long service so at the 8:30 service (9:30 during the summer) we offer a children's homily. 


After the reading of the Gospel, children 3-12 yrs are invited to follow the cross out from the Nave into Wallace Hall for a homily. Children return to their families in the nave during the announcements. 


Safe Church

All staff and volunteers with children are required to have a background inquiry investigation conducted by the Diocese and the State of Tennessee. They are also required to complete Safeguarding God's Children

Contact

For more information about Children's Formation at St. B's please contact Meredith Flynn at mflynn@stbs.net.