Children’s formation at All Souls has at its center our Sunday School classes, which meet Sundays at 10:10 am, but finds its fullest expression in the celebration of the seasons and holy days of the church year. Our preschool through third grade children encounter God through story and theological reflection using the Godly Play curriculum. Fourth and fifth graders explore their maturing faith using the Spark: Activate Faith curriculum which is lectionary based and focuses on encountering scripture through various media.
Some other practices that teach our children how to put their faith to work in the world include:
- Bringing food every week for the Berkeley Food Pantry
- Advent ingatherings where we collect toys, art supplies, food and socks for those in need
- Our Lenten discipline of saving money worthy causes, like the purchase of anti-malaria nets from NetsForLife through Episcopal Relief and Development.
- Advocating for justice, through efforts like the monthly Interfaith Immigration Vigils at the West County Detention Center in Richmond
Other activities invite our children to share in community and celebration, such as:
- The Feast of St. Francis we all bring our pets to be blessed and celebrate the example of Francis in loving all creation
- Making ofrendas or remembrance tables in celebration of All Souls Day
It is through this ongoing life of faith together that our children form strong foundations of Christian identity.
Each summer we also partner with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church to offer Mt. Cross Day Camp. In 2016 the camp is July 25-29.