Children Formation

Learn about what's happening during COVIDtide for children here.


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 here.
  • 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. 

 

At St. B’s, we long for the youngest children, our youth, and our adults of all ages to be in one accord, seeking to be made new by the power of the Holy Spirit though prayer and relationship with one another.  Our vision of “the barque”, moving toward God and the world, guides us.   

 

See this “birth to eighteen timeline” of ways our children, youth, and adults are linking arms as we seek God together.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Level One: 3.5 years through Kindergarten

Level Two: First through Third Grade


 

Level One: The 3-6 year old child is capable of receiving and enjoying the most essential elements of our faith- the announcement of God’s love especially experienced through Jesus, the Good Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd lovingly calls his sheep by name, and the sheep listen to his voice and follow him.

Materials designed to show the life of Christ and his teachings help to make the mystery of God concrete for the young child.  We share “presentations” of the materials with the children on prayer, life and liturgy of the church, Biblical geography, the infancy narratives, parables and paschal narratives of Christ, among others.  The adults who serve in the atrium honor the relationship between God and the child and “call forth” the child’s response rather than “pour in” information.

 

Level Two: The 6-9 year old child is ready to see the bigger picture of our faith.  He or she may be well established in the love of the Good Shepherd and is now beginning to wonder more about the creation of the world, the redemption through Jesus, the coming of God’s Kingdom, and how we might participate in that coming Kingdom!  The image of the True Vine reminds us that God is our life source and apart from him we can do nothing.  The Vine image assists in examination of self, through the moral parables and maxims of Jesus, as we see that living “on the vine” with others can be hard.  Level Two children are also offered “Sacred Communion”, a separate class for children and parents to joyfully explore God’s love and forgiveness in the Eucharist.

Club 456

4th - 6th grades



Nursery

Infants - 3 yrs. during the 9:30 service

The nursery is now open on Sundays during the 9:30 service.


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. 
We ask that all unvaccinated persons 3 yrs and older wear a mask inside the building. Children will be able to remove their masks in the nursery. If your children will be in the nursery this summer or if you are vaccinated and would like to volunteer, please email Gaylene for more information. 


Please Note: Moms are welcome to nurse in the sanctuary. A nursing mom's room is in transition and will be available upstairs off the parish hall lobby. We also coordinate meals for families with newborns for four weeks on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


For more information, please contact Gaylene Latham, our nursery director at nursery@stbs.net

For Adults & Families


  • Christmas pageant

    The Children’s Christmas Pageant happens during the 4:30 service on Christmas Eve. No auditions, lengthy rehearsals, or extensive set building. We have one rehearsal for older children prior to Christmas Eve. All children, even visitors, are encouraged to participate. 

  • Easter egg hunts

    The children's egg hunts happen on Easter Sunday between the services. We have staggered start times for older and younger children. Parents are asked to bring eggs already filled to the church the week prior to the hunt.  

  • Spend time with our children

    Every time a child is baptized at St. B’s, the congregation makes a promise to support him or her in their life in Christ. A practical and concrete way to fulfill this promise is by committing to spend time with our children in the nursery, in a classroom, on the kick ball field, during the homily, or at the pageant. Opportunities to serve and pass on our faith to our children range from weekly  to once a year. 



Children's Formation Staff

Meredith Flynn, Director of Children & Family Formation

Gaylene Latham, Director of Nursery

Contact

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

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