“We learn our faith… We live our faith… We share our faith”
Our Children’s Ministry at St. Madeleine Sophie is designed to provide families with a comprehensive path of religious instruction from preschool through sixth grade.
- Kids’ Church program is for preschoolers during Sunday Masses.
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word engages the elementary aged children during Sunday Masses.
- Pathways, our elementary aged religious education program, brings children together with their parents in a family centered faith formation process.
- “When we sing, we pray twice”, our Glory and Praise Choir is open to the whole family for our Wednesday night Pathways gatherings.
- The Christmas Eve Glory and Praise Choir is open to children in 2nd grade and older.
- Your children will love the fun of our Summer Bible Camp usually held in mid-July each year.
Kids’ Church (Preschool through Kindergarten)
Our early childhood program, Kids’ Church, is designed to help preschoolers and kindergarteners gently understand the basic concepts and rituals of our faith. Lessons are structured in a Mass format, specifically designed for the age and maturity level, as well as the developmental and spiritual needs, of young children.
When they arrive at the Kids’ Church worship center, the children are greeted in an atmosphere that is purposefully slowed down and quieted. Children are introduced to the joy and wonder of God’s love through storytelling, art activities, and play. Worship centers are offered to coincide with the 8:30 or 11:00 Sunday Masses and take place most weekends from October to May.
Pathways (1st through 6th grades)
Children in grades one through six take part in our intergenerational gatherings on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. This program is a family at the center of faith formation and families stay together growing and learning together. These sessions have three main focuses or “paths” that alternate throughout the year. These paths are Celebrate, Serve and Grow. Celebrate will have emphasis on the Mass, Sacraments, Liturgical seasons, Saints and Feasts and community building. Service will focus on service and outreach within and beyond our community. During the Grow sessions our attention will be on our Catholic Foundations of Faith – Scripture, Creed and Tradition.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
To make Sunday Mass a more positive experience for children, we provide a “Word” experience that is designed to meet the developmental and spiritual needs of the elementary-aged child.
Families come to Mass together, but after the opening song and prayer, first through sixth grade children are invited to come forward and process downstairs for CLOW. During the children’s “Word” service, we focus on only one reading—usually the Gospel reading. This is followed by a child-oriented discussion/homily, prayers of the faithful, creed, and songs. At the beginning of the liturgy of the Eucharist, children rejoin their families in the church.
CLOW is offered at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses most Sundays, October through May. There is no registration for CLOW. All children in first through sixth grade are welcome.
Vacation Bible Camp
Vacation Bible Camp is held each year in July. Please see the spring bulletins for specific dates and times.