Emmaus on The City is an app that keeps you informed of what is going on at Emmaus! You can receive electronic notifications of schedules, meetings, class times, etc. The following groups are all part of Elementary Faith Formation:
Grades PreK-K, ages 3-5
Our Sunday morning program for children ages 3-5 nurtures their Catholic faith, providing a positive foundation using a developmentally age-appropriate curriculum. Its goals include creating a positive, fun and rewarding experience for each child; assisting each child in seeing God’s love reflected in everyday experiences; cultivating a daily and spontaneous prayer life; facilitating intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual growth; and allowing each child to creatively experience God, Jesus, and the worship community of the church through songs, stories, crafts, and more.
The Emmaus religious education model is a blended model of classroom instruction and community faith sharing. Students are expected to participate in both aspects of instruction.
Classroom Instruction: Using Benziger's Be My Disciples curriculum, catechists instruct children in the Catholic faith, engage them in discussion of the lesson, and help them learn to apply their faith to everyday life.
Community Faith Sharing: This element of the curriculum involves family participation in seasonal, intergenerational, and parish-wide events as well as regular participation in weekly Sunday Mass.
During the school year on Sundays, children in grades K-5 are invited to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word. Children are dismissed after the opening prayer for their own Liturgy of the Word in age-appropriate language. A guided discussion follows, allowing children to celebrate, engage, and apply what they have heard. Baptismal promises are renewed and prayers of the faithful are recited. Children are brought back into the sanctuary during Offertory to continue the celebration of Mass with their parents.
NOTE: Younger siblings should be enrolled in FLOCK, attend nursery, or stay with parents in Mass. Parents may also accompany their younger children to CLOW as long as they remain with them. CLOW is an extension of the Mass - not childcare - so behavior appropriate to worship is expected.
Adults are needed to help with CLOW by serving as worship leaders, readers, music leaders, and assistants. As with any ministry working with children, volunteers must become EIM certified and agree to a background check. Opportunities to help with CLOW include:
Lead one Sunday each month. This would include preparation of a lesson based on the readings. Training can be provided.
Read the Scripture Readings and Gospel.
Shepherd the children to the PLC and back to Mass.
Sing or provide instrumental accompaniment for the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation.