We are so pleased to continue offering Families of Faith, our faith formation program for children in grades K-3 AND their families! Here at St. Joan of Arc, we passionately believe that parents are the first and best teachers of faith for their children, and that God’s love is experienced most profoundly in the family. We believe our job is not just to minister to children or teens, but to minister to the whole family. As we help parents draw closer to Christ, we are helping their children draw closer to Christ. Instead of dropping your child off for weekly classes, parents and children together gather twice a month for dynamic and interactive faith formation for the whole family. As we pray together, read Scripture together, learn together and have fun together with our parish family, your family will grow closer to God who loves you immeasurably, and make faith part of your everyday life. Each year will have a new theme and new topics to learn, so yes—your family can attend year after year and keep learning new things! Children both older and younger than grades K-3 are welcome to attend with their families, and if you have a 4th or 5th grader, we will be offering ROCK sessions just for them while Families of Faith is meeting— we are trying as much as possible to make coming to church for faith formation easier for families! See our Faith Formation tri-fold brochure for more details.
As for our other programs— ROCK, BLAST, EDGE and LIGHT are all still the same! It is such a blessing to work with the children, teens and families of our parish. And we are committed to the parents of these older children as well! It can be hard to find time in our crazy-busy schedules to nourish our own faith, when we are so committed to our kids. We hope you will consider volunteering in your child’s program, so you can grow together in faith at the same time! The Prayer of St. Francis says, “it is in giving that we receive,” and after doing this for several decades, I can promise that as you give to our amazing young people, you will get more than you give, and that your own faith will grow. And please don’t think, “but I don’t know how to teach . . .” Truly, our volunteers are not teachers—they are facilitators, simply listening to kids and engaging them in faith conversations. Our program directors do the teaching, all you need to do is love kids! And we provide excellent training so you will feel confident sharing faith with young people. You can volunteer for our weekly programs on the registration page.
So what’s next? GET REGISTERED! Register all your children on the same form. Forms can be found HERE. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions! Registration forms are due by August 15; a late fee will be added for any forms received after that date. (A note on Families of Faith: due to space limitations, we can only accommodate 100 families for each program time [Sundays 10-11:15 a.m., Sundays 11:30-12:45, or Thursdays 6-7:15 p.m.], so get your registration in soon as we will fill those spots on a first come, first served basis)
We look forward to journeying in faith together with you and your children next year! Blessings to you and your family on behalf of our entire Faith Formation team!
Mary Machi, Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization