Frequently Asked Questions
My child is at an age where there are two options available. What is the best option for my child?
This is absolutely a decision that you and child can make together. Read over the info provided on this website; talk with the Director of Children’s Ministries, the Sunday School Teachers and other parents, and, of course, your child! Let your child experience each available option, perhaps even including worship with you on Sundays. Together, you can discern the best fit!
Do I have to register?
We do ask that families register each year so that our records and contact information are up to date. Registering your child helps us to get to know your family better and includes information like allergies, special needs and emergency information. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd requires registration and Level I specifically requires registration one week prior to attendance.
Does my child have to stay in one option or the other all year?
Your child is free to move between options during the school year, however, your child will get the most out of their Sunday School experience if they stick with one program, especially with regards to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program.
Can my child switch between Sunday School options during class on Sundays?
If your child is trying out different Sunday School options, they will stay in one option for the duration of the class on Sunday. The following Sunday they are permitted to try out a different option. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I requires registration one week prior to attendance.
Do I have to volunteer?
Volunteering is optional, of course, but we always are in need of volunteers to help run our programs; indeed, these programs cannot happen without the help of our wonderful volunteers! There are so many different opportunities, surely there is one that can fit your spiritual gifts. The benefits of volunteering are manifold to both you and your child; consider giving your gift of time to our St. John’s Children’s and Youth Ministries program.
What if my family can’t attend church and Sunday School every Sunday?
We understand that folks may have trouble making it each Sunday and, well, that’s life! Like anything else that you put time and effort into, the end product is stronger if it’s attended to and worked at consistently and as is the same with Faith Formation.
What’s the inclement weather policy?
If inclement weather has you guessing if Sunday Morning Faith Formation programs are cancelled, please check the St. John’s website and Facebook page to confirm. Programs will be listed as cancelled by 8:30am on these websites.
What is your drop-in policy?
Did you bring a friend with you to Sunday School today? Or perhaps your neighbors are looking for a spiritual home? All of our programs allow for a child to “drop-in” for the morning, with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I (3yo through Kinder.) being the exception. Three year old children can attend Nursery, and four, five and six year old children can attend Joyful Journey. If you want to “drop-in” in Level II/III, make sure to come prior to 9:20 and you'll be asked to register for the following week! Be sure to completely sign-in and out, including your cell phone number.
I want my child to get involved in Second Sunday! How can I do that?
My child is on the cusp of being able to attend Level I or Level II Catechesis. How will I know if they’re ready to attend or move up to the next Level?
To attend Level I, children need to be 3 years old by September 30th. They should be potty-trained, able to sit in a circle and able to listen attentively. To attend Level II, a child should be able to read mostly on their own. Level II placement is also at the discretion of the Level II Catechist.