Christian Formation Kindergarten—5th Grade
Recognizing the domestic Church as the center of faith development, the St. Thomas More Christian Formation Program provides the children and their families, catechesis that promotes a living, conscious and active faith rooted in the person of Jesus and the teachings of the Church, to assist them as members of our parish family to grow in faith and act in love.
We invite you to begin a new journey of family faith and discipleship!
Due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty of sustaining large group gatherings, we are introducing a new Family Faith Formation program at St. Thomas More.
Jesus promised to be where two or three are gathered in his name. (Mt.18:20) We give the name church to the people whom the Lord gathers, who strive to follow his way of love and through whose lives his saving presence is made known.
Our family is our first community. It is the primary way in which the Lord gathers us, forms us and acts in the world. The early church expressed this truth by calling the Christian family a domestic church. As the domestic church, we are called to be witnesses of God’s love to each other. We are called to be the ‘church’ feeding each other in love, understanding, patience, forgiveness, and compassion. Now, we are called to renew family unity, to spiritually reflect and grow together establishing new family traditions and rituals.
The Catholic Church teaches that parents are the primary educators and models of faith for their family. In these times, a move to a Family based Family Formation program will, bring families together, nurture their relationships with Christ, and explore and develop their Catholic faith. When we as a community focus on family formation that strengthens our domestic churches our parish community is inevitably strengthened.
How will it work?
Weekly Family Church at Home
Parents are able to customize their children’s faith journey at home utilizing the Gospel Weekly lessons.
- Enables the parents to be the primary educators of their children in the Catholic Faith
- Allows for flexibility in scheduling children activities
- Parents are provided with the Pflaum Gospel Weekly curriculum to assist in sharing their faith
- Bring the whole family together as they study each lesson and then apply it to their daily family life
- The Gospel Weeklies are easy to use
- Take approximately one hour a week to complete.
- Include games, activities, videos to keep learning fun
- Reinforce Sunday Mass – the Gospel Weekly lessons reflect the liturgical year and immerse families into the life and seasons of the Church
- Online resources are provided by the Gospel Weeklies publishers.
- Parish support is provided by the Faith Formation coordinator and catechists.
There are three levels of Gospel Weeklies.
Lessons for each level have the same theme because the focus is the Sunday Gospel.
Note: The Faith Formation program also used the Gospel Weeklies curriculum.
- Promise: Kindergarten and First Grade
- Good News: Second and Third Grade
- Venture: Fourth and Fifth Grade
Parents do not need to be experts in the Faith! You can do this!
Lesson agendas are provided to assist parents in planning.
By simply spending a few minutes in preparation each week, parents became familiar with the topic for the upcoming lesson.
Parish Family Church Gathering
- Families will gather once a month (September-May) on Monday or Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm
- The sessions will begin with fellowship and a DJ Dinner.
- Children will join their peers in the classroom.
- Parents join fellow parents to ‘grow in faith’ with engaging speakers and group discussions.
- Children and parents will explore the same topic.
Optional Family Events
Families are invited to attend events throughout the year focusing on the liturgical year and service projects.