400 Holcomb Bridge Road
Norcross, GA 30071
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Godly Play:
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Mt. 19:14)
Christ Church Episcopal offers two Montessori based methods of Religious Education, adapted by the Episcopal Church. Both methods of Christian Formation foster imagination, curiosity, joy, and wonder. These experiences encourage the child to develop a relationship with God, both inside and outside the Church. The Atrium is the child’s sacred space and calm environment in which to grow. The Sensorimotor style of storytelling focuses on Biblical Sacred Stories, Parables, and Liturgy. These offerings are available during the Sunday school hour for children ages 3 years thru 4th grade.
The atrium is the meeting ground of two mysteries: the mystery of God and the mystery of the child
This child-sized Atrium allows the children to step into a stillness where they learn to pray and to sense their innate spirituality. The children’s very movements support their growing faith. They walk the outdoor labyrinth, learn the gesture of the sign of the cross, or move the sheep figures to follow the shepherd out of the sheepfold, as told in the Parable of the Good Shepherd. At this early age, children are learning that mind, body and spirit are connected in their experience of the Divine.
Atrium I Catechists: The Rev. Ceci Duke, Karen Hines Gordon & Tricia Lobaugh
This atrium is the child’s space for personal reflection and prayer. Atrium II continues to build on the foundations established in Atrium I. For example, in Atrium I children are exposed to parables about the Kingdom of God. Atrium II revisits these parables, broadening their understanding at a developmentally appropriate level.
Children learn how to explore scripture, reflect on what is personally meaningful, and experience as a group a synthesis of the Kingdom Parables. They learn the benefits of being part of a community of believers, as well as how to become active participants in the life of our parish, and fruitful branches of the true vine moving forward.
Atrium II Catechists: Jenn Jordan and Misty Wilson
While all children are welcome to attend the worship service, during the school year we also provide Children’s Chapel for Age 3 yrs — 4th grade. Families begin together at the 10:30 worship service. During the singing of the Gloria, one of the clergy will lead the children out, following the chapel cross. We’ll have age-friendly songs, Bible stories, coloring/craft, and prayers. Children rejoin their families in the Nave at the time of Birthday Blessings so they can be included!
Chapel Leader: The Rev. Ceci Duke or The Rev. Jody Greenwood
Helpers: Adult and/or Sr. Youth (9th-12th grade) volunteers.
CATXIII kids (5th – 8th grade) may also help lead liturgy each week
Children’s Chiming Rehearsal: — 2nd grade & Up
Children’s Chimers Interested 2nd thru 12th graders are invited to participate in Chiming practice to learn the song and be part of this ministry! Additional chime dates will be selected for the Winter/Spring months.
Older Kids & Teens
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.” (1 Cor. 13:11)
CAT XIII — where Catechesis and Rite 13 collide! We’ve blended the best of both programs to meet the unique formational needs at this time in one’s life — transitioning from childhood to becoming a teenager. The Sunday school year is filled with experiential learning, allowing us to live into the stories of the Bible and the teaching of Jesus.
CAT XIII Leaders:
David Duke, Lee McClurkin, Dennis Wilson, and Carolyn Coil
CAT XIII also take a couple of trips each year to Gumlog Retreat in the north Georgia mountains. HOLY COW it’s FUN!
Senior Youth: 9th thru 12th grade
Senior Youth – 9th thru 12th grade
Sr. Youth will be “Making it Real and Relevant” this year. Using contemporary music, movies and videos we’ll connect our faith formation with daily life. Weekly lessons align with the gospel reading in church, allowing teens to see it through modern-day eyes and ears! Through it, we’ll
- Explore our unique life-purpose
- Seek connection with the inner self— Our spirit
- Seek connection with God and with the world around us
- Experience how we fit into the bigger picture
We’ll also continue our focus on Outreach by hosting the Service & Prayer gathering the 3rd Sunday of each month, and finding new ways to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
Sr. Youth Leaders:
Kathy & Steve Smith and Pamela & Ray Russo