Faith Formation for Children fosters learning environments which empower children up the Fifth Grade to witness their understanding of faith within their families and the community.
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
Playgroup has very often been the first point of contact for new parents. It provides parents of newborns, toddlers and preschoolers a chance to meet others in their community. Come and visit informally with other parents while the children socialize with their fellow parishioners too!
Group meets every Wednesday10-11am m in the nursery of the Family Life Center. No need to register. Just come when you can. This is not a drop off program but a chance for little ones and parents to play and meet others in the parish community in a safe environment. Contact the Family Life Office at 407-645-0284.
SUNDAY MORNINGS WITH JESUS FOR 3’S
Faith and fun for preschoolers within their church community are available on Sundays, from September through April, during the 9:30 am Mass. Children who are three years old by September 1, 2016, meet in the classroom adjacent to the nursery in the Family Life Center. A qualified catechist leads each session.
Four-year-old preschool is offered with Faith Formation classes for elementary students at 10:45 am in the grade school. Sessions run from September through April.
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. In the church children are called forth and led to the chapel and choir room for liturgy.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.
Leaders 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 from age four years through fifth grade who attend either private or public school are welcome 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.
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Contact: Kristie Altman (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: Kristie Altman (407) 647-5171 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Vacation Bible Camp
(formerly KIDfest) is held for one week in June for children entering four-year-old preschool through the sixth grade. Through Scripture, prayer, art, drama, music, cooking, games and science, children will learn about the power of God, make new friends and have fun.
Don’t miss the fun and excitement. Come to Maker Fun Factory during the week of June 19-23, 9:00 am to noon daily. Registration will be April 22-23 in the courtyard after all Masses. Children ages 4-years-old preschool through sixth grade are invited to attend. The fee is $30 per child.
Crew leaders entering seventh grade this fall and youth in grades above this are needed. Adult leaders are always needed. You may volunteer for one or more days. Training will be offered Sunday, June 12th at 10:45 am. Anyone over fifteen years of age must be fingerprinted. Instructions are listed on the parish website at the following link: http://stmargaretmary.org/ministries/fingerprinting-and-safe-environment-training/.
Contact: Kristie Altman (407) 647-5171 or email: email@example.com