Family & children's ministries

How can I connect?

Our St. Richard's families with young children are connected via Remind and email.  Click here to get a brief reminder each week about goings on.

Mother Kelly also maintains a private Facebook group for our church and school families.  You just need to answer three easy questions to join.

Our geographical small groups are building. Let Mother Kelly know your address, and she can add you to a small group, even if it's just so you know what other St. Richard's families are close to you. 

Is there anything for children during the service?

During the sermon at the 10:30 Eucharist, we offer, when we are able, Children's Chapel (meditation on God's Word) for children 10 and under.  After the reading of the Gospel, look for the small processional cross with someone to lead them to the narthex (entrance area to the sanctuary).  Parents are welcome to join.  

Children's Formation

(between our two morning services): 

how do I sign up?

Please sign up your children in advance, here: Registration Form.  You can sign up multiple children on one form.  

What's offered?

Good Shepherd (virtual) Chapel, Sundays - 9:00am on youtube

Mother Kelly posts a 15 min. video on our church YouTube site at 9:00am each Sunday morning.  It's designed for the 4-12 year old child, and also models for parents how to help their child come close to our Lord, through the Holy Bible and our liturgy (how we worship).

In person Bible Study for 10-12 yr olds - 9:15am Sundays

This group meets in a room in the school hallway (same building as the church) and lifts up the scripture passages that will be heard in church that Sunday.  Please contact Mrs. Karen Burnup, for further information.  Bibles provided, or you may bring your own. 9:15am-10:15am, resuming August 22, 2021.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for 3-12 yr olds

9:15am-10:15am, resuming August 22, 2021

New?  Please contact Mother Kelly to set up a time for an orientation for you and your child to the space.

You're in for a beautiful discovery.  Check out the video links below.  If your child has never visited an Atrium, it's helpful to have an introduction first.  

Where is it? 

The Level I Atrium (3-6 yr olds) is in the school hallway, in the same building as the church.  

The combined Level II and III atrium (6-12 yr olds) is located in the building furthest back on the campus. Enter from the breezeway between buildings.

What is CGS? 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based, Christian spiritual formation program for children aged 3-12.  Atrium time involves hearing God's word, presented often with materials for even deeper reflection.  The child is then invited to continue working with those materials, or respond to the presentation with artwork.  It is a place our adult helpers also love to be, with the children, encountering our Lord together. 


What do they learn?

We instead like to ask, "Whom do they get to know?" Over the course of their time in the Atria, from age 3 to 12, your child will grow to know deeply the love of the ​Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and how the Bible and our worship of God reveal this great love for them and all His creation. With learning that extends directly from our liturgy and scripture (beginning with Parables, Prophecies, and narratives, and expanding further into the Old Testament and more as they grow), your child will come to realize that God has always had a plan to bring all of us into His Kingdom, and that they too have a role in this great Plan.

Who came up with it? 

Sofia Cavaletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, an educator and collaborator with Maria Montessori, initiated this method of Catechesis in the 1950s. Often called a living work, the Catechesis, as it is known, is the product of the careful observation of children for over 60 years. 

Check out just a sample of the available videos below.  Please contact Mother Kelly for an orientation or questions.

This includes some history of Maria Montessori...