"Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 19: 14

Faith Formation PreK-Grade 5

Director: Sara Hotchkiss

Email: re@stbarbarachurch.org    Phone: 360-886-2229 x221

For the 2021-2022 year, we will be following the CDC, Washington State Department of Health, and Seattle Archdiocese guidelines for social distancing, cleaning protocols, and mask wearing.  Thank you for supporting these guidelines.

The Elementary Faith Formation Program is open to all students in grades preschool (age 4) through 5th grade.  Classes begin the end of September and run through the beginning of May.  For non-sacramental classes, children are welcome to join throughout the year.

We use the Finding God curriculum from Loyola Press, loyolapress.com.  The goals of the curriculum are to:   recognize the presence of God in our lives, discern the presence of God in all people and circumstances, recognize the presence of God in our experiences of God’s creation, and live as people for others.  Each grade level follows a theme and the themes are revisited each year as the children mature.  Each lesson includes prayer, scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, and Liturgy. 

To support your child’s religious learning, please make sure you are bringing your children to mass or watching at home and talking to them about what they are learning and experiencing at both mass and class.

Parent volunteers are an essential part of our Faith Formation Program.  Volunteers are needed to lead and assist the classes.  All volunteers must complete the Safe Environment Training offered through the VIRTUS program.   Please contact Sara Hotchkiss at re@stbarbarachurch.org if you are interested in volunteering with Faith Formation.

Preschool – 5th Grade

All classes are Sunday from 9:00-10:00 AM.  We will gather in the classrooms in the basement of the Church between Sunday Masses.  Our classes will use Scripture, art, drama, music, and more to help our children grow in knowledge and faith of the Catholic Church. 

 

First Reconciliation and First Communion Preparation

Students in Second Grade or higher who have previously attended Faith Formation are invited to join the Communion class and prepare to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion.  Students meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00 AM. Reconciliation is celebrated before Advent, and Communion is celebrated the first weekend of May.  You must be enrolled for the entire year to receive your sacraments.  If you would like to register for these sacraments, please contact Sara Hotchkiss in the office.

 

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is open to children ages 4-5th grade.  During the week children will learn Bible stories, play related games, and build new friendships with their fellow groupmates. 

 

Parent volunteers are essential in the planning, preparation, and execution of VBS.  Please contact Sara Hotchkiss if you would like to help make our VBS a successful, fun-filled week. All volunteers must complete the Safe Environment Training offered through the VIRTUS program.  Dates for VBS 2022 are still to be determined.