Discipleship Opportunities for Families with Children in 3-7th Grade
Contact Jen Livermont for kindergarten programs and activities
Contact Mary Kohlhaas for 1st -7th grade programs and activities
Guardian Angels Nursery
The nursery is open to children ages 1 – 3 during the 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday mass on most Sunday mornings throughout the year, even during the summer months! The nursery is staffed by a nursery supervisor with volunteers who assist. The nursery is located in the preschool rooms.
Held most Sundays throughout the entire year, even during the summer months! It is a ministry for our 1st—4th grade disciples.
Children are dismissed from Mass right after the Opening Prayer to hear the Word of God and a short lesson at an age appropriate level. They assemble in the Chapel of the Angels and return to their families at the Intercessions.
No registration is needed.
Sunday School is discipleship training for our littlest disciples (ages 3 through kindergarten). The sessions consist of a bible story and lesson, songs, crafts and saint stories. They meet most Sundays during the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses.
Childcare for Events
Childcare is offered for limited parish functions in order to enable parents to attend formation, meetings, etc. This is open to children of all ages on a first-come first-serve basis. Sign-ups for particular events and ministries will be held during registration. Childcare is staffed by a paid childcare supervisor with volunteers assisting during each event or activity.
Family Formation is offered to families with preschool-7th grade children, both parents and children grow in discipleship together.
On the 1st Wednesday of every month of the formation year (October through May), families meet at Church for their onsite formation: parents receive their teaching at an adult level and children go to age-appropriate classrooms and learn the same topic.
Parents will receive materials and guidance to teach their children three additional lessons at home during the rest of the month.
Family Formation is designed for parents to be equipped to fulfill their call to be the first and foremost educators of their children’s faith. It will bring the family together once a week to grow in their relationship with Christ and learn more about their Catholic Faith.
A Family Meal is offered (and a free-will donation will be accepted).
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is for students who are in second grade. Preparation is done primarily at home with parents, with 2 large group onsite gatherings. Parents and children will work and learn together.
All children must be registered in ongoing formation through our parish school or Family Formation in addition to the 1st Sacraments preparation program.
RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) is for children between ages 8 and 14 and have completed 2nd grade, whether baptized or unbaptized. Children preparing to receive the Sacraments they have missed since Baptism, or to join the Catholic Church through Baptism, will attend RCIC classes on a regular basis. Link to RCIA page
Is a great opportunity for families to get to know each other and their priests. This is a once a month event at St. John’s on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer that includes a potluck meal, games for kids, and family rosary. Families and children of all ages are welcome to attend.
Summer Discipleship Opportunities for Children Ages 3 through Grade 12
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Three days of fun, faith and fellowship for the little ones. We follow our own faith theme and create the activities for each day. Usually 9am-noon Tuesday-Thursday.
Named after St. Pope John Paul’s papal motto, “Totally Yours” referring to Mother Mary, this program teaches children, grades 1-6, a lot about the Church. The trained team of young adults puts prayer and catechesis into active learning along with games and songs. The children can’t wait to return for the next day’s activities!