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 meet in the Cooperative Classroom and Pre-K Classrooms during the 9:30 Sunday Mass.
Contact: Ann Nesladek (407) 647-5171
The Cooperative Preschool is open to parish children ages 3 and 4. The purpose is two-fold: to provide a Catholic environment to nurture the young child, and to actively involve parents in their child’s early growth and development. A certified teacher will lead the class each day assisted by parents on a rotating monthly basis. The preschool has two and three day programs. Children have the opportunity to attend on Tuesdays from 9am to 1pm, Wednesdays from 9 am to noon, Thursdays from 9 am to 1 pm.
The curriculum is based on the belief that children learn through play. Children have the opportunity to experiment, discover and observe in various center areas throughout the classroom. Each day in our “Atrium”, a church-like center, children hear stories from the Bible that encourages their individual spirituality to flourish.
Contact: Ann Nesladek or Alice Voss ( 407) 647-5171 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 9 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, “Call to Faith”. Actual lessons are sent home to link family connectedness. Families are encouraged to participate in special events throughout the year. Sunday Specials are held from September to April.
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 email@example.com
kidFEST ...is a week of Faith and Extras in the summer time for children age four through entering the sixth grade. Kids, teens and adults come together for five mornings in June to celebrate our Catholic faith in song, bible stories, skits and crafts.
All activity leaders are fingerprinted in compliance with Diocesan guidelines. Teen, adults and children experience the “spirit” of community while deepening their knowledge of faith!
Contact: Ann Nesladek (407) 647-5171 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration form available online in April.
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