Elementary (Grades 1-5)
Each session begins with praise/worship/prayer. The Lord loves to hear His children sing! Before being dismissed to their small groups the students are given a short message that helps to connect the theme for the night to their lives.
The teaching of our beautiful Catholic faith follows a station model. Students rotate between a faith and activity station.
During the faith station, students are exposed to God’s love through several questions. How do we know God? Who is God? Who is Jesus Christ? What is the Church? How do we celebrate God’s forgiveness and healing? How do we know God loves us? How does God teach us to love? Why do we pray? Just to name a few! Topics are taught in an age-appropriate setting promoting students to actively engage in their faith through prayer, scripture, and Catholic tradition. Our students learn about God’s great love for them and how we are all called to share it with others! Students are encouraged to participate in the small group discussions. No matter the theme for the evening a connection is made that will help our young people apply their Catholic faith to their daily lives.
The activity station follows the theme of the night from the faith station. During their time in the activity station the students are actively engaged through movement and activities that reinforce the topic/theme from their faith station. During this station the students typically are engaged in various games, crafts, projects, skits, service projects, and numerous other activities that help to uniquely reinforce the theme for the night.
These students will be preparing to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion. One of the resources we use to prepare for these two sacraments is the Blessed Series by Dynamic Catholic. This curriculum uses world-class animation along with workbooks that are kid-friendly. Our program meets our children where they are at and leads them, step-by-step, to where God is calling them to be. The students learn about Christ’s love and mercy constantly offered to us in the sacrament of reconciliation while learning about His presence in the Eucharist.
Our second graders will be paired with a Prayer Partner from our community who will pray for them on their journey. Before receiving first Communion the students participate in a half-day retreat that promotes fun and laughter while more importantly reinforcing the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and our daily lives!
God loves to see the hearts of His people glowing towards Himself. During Glow 4 God our Faith Development class young people have the opportunity to encounter the love of God through praise worship, glow sticks and lighting. This gives our students an opportunity to glow for God, while reminding them that their loving God glows even brighter for them!
Faith Development class children in Grades 1-4 will perform a short Christmas play for their families during normal class time.
At these five masses from October to March, Faith Development class children from two of the grade levels 1-9 will participate in the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass as readers and as the choir.
A FUN, FLEXIBLE, FAITH-FILLED CATHOLIC CLUB FOR GIRLS!
Registration has closed as of Friday, September 17th!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
What is the St. John Nepomucene’s Little Flowers Girls Club®?
Little Flowers is a Catholic girl’s group centered on learning virtues by studying individual saints. Virtues are learned through presentations, crafts and activities. Each year a “wreath” is worked on for the blue Blessed Mother sashes the girls wear at the meetings. The wreath is made up of 9 flower petals for the 9 virtues studied that year. Petals are earned by participating in the monthly meetings, service projects, and completing follow-up activities at home.
What are virtues?
Virtues are good habits that help us to be holy. Some examples are obedience, sincerity, order, patience, flexibility, hospitality, and perseverance. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines virtue as a “habitual and firm disposition to do good”.
Why be a Little Flower?
Little Flowers is not meant for just little girls…it is for girls (and moms – or aunt, grandma, etc.) who are growing in maturity and strength in their faith. Little Flowers is named after our patroness saint, Saint Therese of Lisieux, who was one of the very few saints named a doctor of the Church. St. Therese saw the world as God’s garden and each person being a different kind of flower. She wrote in her diary that she saw herself as “the Little Flower of Jesus”, just simple and hidden but blooming where God has planted her. Following the example of saints, Little Flowers will put into practice the virtues they study as a means of developing a strong foundation to grow into the life that God is calling them to lead as Catholic girls.
Little Flowers is open to girls in grades kindergarten through 3rd in the parish, schools and the local area. We will meet 9 times throughout the school year on a Sunday at St. John Nepomucene Parish.
Little Flowers was essentially developed as a mother/daughter club. We ask that mothers (or suitable substitute) consider attending each event with their daughter. Little Flowers Girls Club® has thrived on their involvement with the program, and the girls seem to listen to and enjoy them being there with them. We need your help!
Please send an email to: email@example.com with any further questions you may have.
This popular one-week event occurring in the summer for any Kindergarten through fourth grade student reengages our young people in learning about their Catholic faith through prayer, crafts, music, dance and various games and activities. Each year has a fun theme that is related to scripture and this year’s is the “Olympics”. Go God Go!
We had an AMAZING 2021 Vacation Bible School this past week (July 19th – July 23rd)!
We are excited to have in-person Vacation Bible School this summer! The 2021 Vacation Bible School will occur from July 19th through July 23rd from 9 a.m. to noon.
Step 1 of 2: Fill out registration form. The deadline to sign-up is Wednesday, July 7th. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IS FULL (no registration link is available at this time).
Step 2 of 2: Payment Options:
*Registration is not complete until payment is received*. The fee for Vacation Bible School is $15 per child.
- Venmo – St. John’s account is: @StJohnNepomucene-LC (in the “notes”, please indicate “Vacation Bible School payment”.
- OSV – click here: https://osvhub.com/stjn/funds
- Mail payment to: St. John Parish, PO Box 305, Little Chute, WI 54140 (Attn: Ryan) and please indicate “VBS payment” with your form of payment.
- You may stop in at the parish office to pay as well. Our office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. until Noon (summer hours starting June 4th).
Ryan Gloudemans, Faith Development Director (920) 788-9033