through Grade 5
Child care is a service provided by St. Margaret Mary for parents in order to encourage participation in worship and in parish ministry.
- Infants - Our caregivers will hold your child as much as possible, but please bring a stroller or car seat for them to nap or sit in. Bring all necessary diaper changing materials in a bag that is clearly labeled. Label all snacks, juice bottles etc. Check with sitters at pick-up about your child and how things went. Be sure to collect all of your belongings.
Contact: Gail Robinson (407) 647-2579
The children of the founding parents of this group are getting ready to go off to college soon! That is how long this group has been part of the fabric of SMM. The format has changed very little over the course of the years. The purpose of this group is to welcome parents to come with their children for informal chat and play.
In the past, the Playgroup has very often been the first point of contact for new parents with their church community outside of a sacramental experience. It has provided people who are new to the area with a way of meeting other parents of newborns, toddlers and preschoolers. Parents who are not new to the parish have also had the chance to meet others in their community who share the same challenges that they are experiencing in forming their growing families.
Parents can come and talk informally with other parents and the children can socialize with their fellow parishioners too!
Sunday Mornings with Jesus for 3's and 4's is faith and fun for preschoolers. Children who are age 3 by September 1, 2014 and age 4 by September 1, 2014 meet in the Pre-K Classrooms during the 9:30 Sunday Mass.
Contact: Ann Nesladek (407) 647-5171
Liturgy of the Word for Children
Every weekend during the Saturday 5 pm Mass and the Sunday 9:30 am Mass, children ages 5 through 5th grade are invited to Liturgy of the Word for Children. Prior to the Liturgy of the Word, children are called to assemble in the Chapel and the choir room. The ministers of Liturgy of the Word proclaim the readings of the day and share a reflection on the child's level. The children repeat the words of the Creed and say the Prayers of the Faithful. After Liturgy of the Word, children rejoin the assembly in the main church.
Presenters for Liturgy of the Word for Children select the age group and the dates that suit their schedule. In-service trainings and gatherings are scheduled throughout the year.
Contact: Kristie Altman (407) 647-5171
Faith Formation for Children. Parish children beginning at the age of 4 through the Fifth grade who attend either a private or public school are welcomed to this program. On Sunday mornings beginning at 10:45 am and ending at 11:45 am, the children meet in the parish school classrooms to participate in age-appropriate activities to promote the doctrine of the Catholic faith. Trained catechists follow a curriculum developed by Our Sunday Visitor publishers in the series called, “Alive in Christ”. Actual lessons are sent home to link family connectedness. Families are encouraged to participate in special events throughout the year. Faith Formation classes are held from September to April.
Children who are preparing for the Sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion are also enrolled in Faith Formation programs.
Contact: Ann Nesladek (407) 647-5171
Family Faith Sundays
This is a program offered as another option to assist families in the faith formation of their children. Parents accompany their children (generally on the First and Third Sundays of each month) to participate in community learning and prayer rituals. Classes begin at 10:45 am and end at 11:45 am. and meet in the Family Life Building, Bethany/Cana Rooms. Families are then responsible to complete the assignments at home using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.
Contact: Ann Nesladek (407) 647-5171 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacation Bible Camp (formerly KIDfest) is held for one week in June for children ages four through the sixth grade. It is a wonderful opportunity for children, teens and adults to come together to celebrate our Catholic faith in song, bibles stories, skits and crafts.
All activity leaders are fingerprinted in compliance with Diocesan guidelines. The program will be held the week of June 16-20 from 9 am to Noon.
Contact: Ann Nesladek (407) 647-5171 or email: email@example.com
Registration form available online in April.
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