Both children and parents need support and skills for living their faith and navigating life's challenges. All sorts of families working with all sorts of challenges are welcome and present in our community, and all are treasured here.

All children are always welcome in worship, and active participation in worship is part of how they are formed in faith. Children take on liturgical ministries alongside adults on many Sundays each year, from Pentecost to Palm Sunday to our Christmas Pageant in December. On most Sundays during the academic year, elementary school aged children meet at 9 am for age-appropriate learning. K-3rd graders meet together for a sensory-rich, experiential time of learning about God's goodness and worship practices. 4th-6th graders explore the gospel of the day and respond in artwork and other creative projects.

Our "Mid-Hi" youth in grades 7th-9th graders meet twice a month from 5 to 7 pm for scripture study, dinner, and learning the core Christian claims and practices, in preparation for confirmation in 10th grade or beyond.

Our annual Family Retreat in February is a weekend of fellowship and fun, culminating in an informal Eucharist by the fireplace. This is a highlight of our time together.

For information about our formation curriculum and registration, email programs@goodshepherdwatertown.org or call Pastor Amy at the church.


Safeguarding God's Children: Our Shared Ministry
 

Our parish is striving to serve a new generation of children.  The physical and emotional safety of the children we serve is of the highest priority.  Our vestry has completed a Safe Church Policy for CGS.  This document is our communal covenant, explaining how we screen and select adults who work with youth here, our behavioral standards for adults working with children, and how we will respond to concerns or grievances.  

We have also created guidelines for our Sunday nursery, so that parents will know what to expect, how to prepare well for their child's visit to our nursery, and what they can do to ensure the health and safety of all children in the nursery.

Click below to read these documents: 

Safe church policy
Nursery guidelines