Learning and Doing the Work of Jesus
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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Children's Ministry

 ST. GABRIEL’S CHILDREN'S MINISTRY PROGRAM
For children 3-11 years old
“Teaching the children to learn and do the work of Jesus”
Carol Heist, Children's Ministry Coordinator



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SCHOOL YEAR" REGULAR SCHEDULE

9:15 Communal Prayer in the church for 3-6 & 6-9 classes
9:15 Junior Youth meet in Old Parish Hall
Lesson
Discussion/Activities
Feast/Snack
11:15 Children are brought into church to join their parents

 CURRICULUM

3 to 6 
Children 3 years old by September 1st enter the 3-6 Atrium Class.
Godly Play is the curriculum used. It is a Montessori approach using Old Testament, New Testament and seasonal stories. Multi-sensory materials are used for a hands-on experience. Teachers supplement Godly Play with additional lessons as needed based on holidays, seasons, and student needs. Our Sunday morning routine involves singing, communal prayer with the 6-9 Atrium, circle time, lesson, work time, and feast (snack).

6 to 9 ATRIUM
Children 6 years old by September 1st enter the 6-9 Atrium Class.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is the curriculum. Children explore their relationship with God, family, friends, and the larger community. This curriculum is Montessori based with hands on models. Teachers supplement the curriculum with additional lessons as needed based on holidays, seasons, and student needs. Our Sunday morning routine involves singing, communal prayer with the 3-6 Atrium, lesson, work time, and feast (snack).

The 3-6 and 6-9 Atria classes collect offering every Sunday as part of the communal prayer service. This offering is donated to support a school in the diocese of Kajo Keji, South Sudan, Africa.

9 to 11+ JUNIOR YOUTH
Children 9 years old by September 1st enter the 9-11+ Junior Youth Class.
Grapple is the curriculum used. It is a program designed for pre-teens. It takes tough questions that pre-teens face in their lives and provides Bible based answers along with discussions, games, team-building, and prayer. Children with discover God's truth together and build a solid faith foundation.

SPECIAL EVENTS
  • Our annual Kick-off Breakfast  and registration is held on the third Sunday of September to begin the new year of Sunday School. 
  • Youth Sundays are held several times during the year. Youth conduct the church service and the younger children often sing for the congregation. 
  • The Atria classes perform the story of the nativity at the early Christmas Eve Service each year. 
  • During Lent the Atria children, along with the entire congregation, collect sacrificial offerings for a mission, most recently the children of the diocese of Kajo Keji, South Sudan, Africa. 
  • The Atria and Junior Youth classes prepare and serve refreshments for coffee hour after church once or twice each year. 
  • Vacation Bible School is held one week in July each year. It is open to any family in the community to reach out and share the news about doing the work of Jesus.
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