The Church School at St. Chrysostom’s welcomes children age 3 through fifth grade on Sunday mornings during the 10 AM Christian Formation hour. Beginning Church School at 10 AM allows children to attend the 9 AM Family Eucharist or the 11 AM service of worship. The goal of our Church School program is to have fun while learning the stories of the Bible and the history of the church, and for our children to be integrated into the whole life of the church community.
For younger children
The Catechesis I, II, and III classes draw on storytelling, dialogue, and activities that honor
our children’s curiosity and creativity. Using music, seasonal themes, art, ritual, and prayer, children in these classes learn about Scripture and worship and participate in exciting group activities. This year we introduce a new learning resource, Weaving God’s Promises, which uses stories from the Old and New Testament and the seasons of the church year to explore
1) How God loves us; 2) How we are God’s people; 3) How we are called to love one another.
Catechesis I: Ages 3–5 years (or entering Kindergarten)
Catechesis II: 1st–3rd grades
Catechesis III: 4th & 5th grades
The Catechesis classes meet in three classrooms on the lower level of the parish house (directly below the gym).
For older students
Sixth- and seventh-graders meet in our Middle School class, while eighth- and ninth-graders begin one year of Youth Confirmation. Middle School students accept the challenge of reading the entire Bible between September and May, while the Confirmation class focuses on owning the promises that we make in Baptism using the learning resource, I Will with God’s Help. Any eighth- or ninth-grader is encouraged to join Youth Confirmation regardless of whether he or she has previously participated in a Christian education program.
Volunteers will be available throughout September to direct students to the Middle School and Youth Confirmation classrooms.