So..we drive 20-25 minutes to a parish that has an excellent children's program. It is a big church, absolutely gorgeous, lots going on. They have traditionally offered "Sunday School" during the 10am Mass for ages 2-Kindy, then had Faith Formation classes on Wednesday evenings for grades 1-8. My kids LOVED Sunday School, and honestly, it gave me a bit of a break so I could focus on the Mass, or on whatever baby I had at the time. My 4 yr olds been asking every week when Sunday School will start again. I cannot express how much he was looking forward to it. He calls it his "school" and feels a sense of ownership, of having his own class that is something he goes to without mommy, without his sister, etc. He loves the crafts, stories, the whole thing.
Well, I just found out that this year they are changing it. Sunday School will be for 2 and 3 yr olds only. Kindergarteners will do Faith Formation during the week on Wednesday with the older kids. And NO CLASSES for the 4 year olds/prek!!!! No one has an explanation for this, and I'm upset. Moreover my son is heartbroken.
My first thought is to switch to the parish closer to me. It's only 5 minutes away, smaller, not as much going on, often hot inside as the A/C is old and the building is older, but does have a pre-K faith formation class on wednesdays, at the same time as his sister's class. And the times I've visited recently I have LOVED the priest. So easy decision, right? Except I just logged onto their website, and the priest I loved is gone! New priest! Sigh. I guess that doesn't really matter. Still the right choice, right?
The only other option would be to try to see if our current church would let him in the Kindergarten class...his birthday is mid September, so he turns five just a few weeks after classes start. But I'm not sure that's the right choice.
Thoughts? And please, don't turn this into a diatribe against Sunday School...my kids really get a lot out of it, it gives them a chance to make friends that share their faith (most of our friends are agnostics), and with homeschooling they like having a "school" to go to each week.
Edited to add: They will have a Liturgy of the Word thing for kids in Pre-K through First Grade, during the 10am Mass. They will be called out early in the Mass and hear the readings at their level, and do an activity, then come back before Communion. I just don't know that this will fill his desire to have his own class. It is available year round though..we hadn't known about it as we'd been going to other Masses this summer, and before that it used to be kindergarten and up. I guess we will try it and see what he thinks before making a decision. Not this Sunday, as my daughter is being baptized after the noon mass this weekend, but the next week for sure.
We did switch to the closer parish, but it really isn't working out. Faith formation is a bit..chaotic. I mean, they are trying. They are. And the kids like it okay. But this is a sacrament year for my DD and I am not sure I'm satisfied. She is also very nervous about doing her first reconciliation and I'm not sure they will give her the practice she needs.
Also, the priest is from Nigeria and has a VERY thick accent. I normally do not have a problem understanding accents, but I do struggle a bit to understand him during Mass, and I know what he's talking about. I don't think my 7 year old is getting anything at all out of what he says. And I'm concerned she won't be able to understand him during her first reconciliation, which as I said she is very nervous about already.
So I'm thinking of going back to our old parish. It's farther away, but it is well run. The only thing is they still don't have a class for my preK kid, but he could do the liturgy of the word during Mass and I think he MIGHT be okay with that. I think we'll try it this Sunday and see what he thinks. Honestly, this is a sacrament year for her, so her needs I think need to come first.
Edited by ktgrok, 12 October 2017 - 04:18 PM.