This foundational part of our weekly Christian Education meets Sundays 8:30 a.m. for ages 3 ½ to 10 years in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Led by experienced Chaplains, children have their own liturgy, songs, prayer, Bible stories and Godly play and then process into the Eucharist at the Peace to share Communion with their families.
Holy Faith has a professionally staffed Nursery supervised by Ann MacVicar, who has M.S. in Early Childhod Education and 40 years of professional experience in childcare programs. Located on the first floor of Conkey House, the newly refurbished Nursery is open for children up to 4 years old Sundays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. for Tuesday’s Taize and Healing Service. Schedules for special events, Evensongs and Holy Week are posted seasonally.
In this seasonal program of Christian Education, art activities, storytelling, tea parties and Bible stories, children learn about our Sacramental Life in the Episcopal Church and caring for God’s creation. Adventures happen from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays in July, October, Advent, Lent and for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and Holy Week.
Lenten Adventures took place on February 28, March 15 and March 28. The children witnessed the burning of the palms in preparations for Ash Wednesday, learned about the Stations of the Cross, the last supper and foot washing.
Valentine Adventures – February 14, 2017 was The Great Valentine Cookie Bake-off! Families and friends met in the library at 4 p.m. for a story about love and sharing, followed by the Great Cookie Bake-off in Palen Hall. Children had cookies to take home and enough to share with shut-ins and friends who are not able to come.
A Day in the Country – In the Spring, families car pool to Mora County to Camp Davis for an outing that includes fishing, hiking, barbecue and a “day in the country”. The family camp is owned by the family of Betty Davis, a former Parishioner at Holy Faith.
Children’s Christmas Pageant – The Christmas Pageant, open to all children, is an integral part of the Christmas Eucharist at 4:00 p.m. December 24.
Royal School of Church Music
The structured approach of Royal School of Church Music is results oriented, combining sight training and ear training while simultaneously exposing children to the classical repertoire. As students progress, they also achieve real rewards and recognition and eventual certification by the organization. Students in RSCM range in age from six to fourteen. The program is open to the Santa Fe community at large. Able to benefit from highly personalized instruction from a voice professional, students can eventually earn a place in the 11:00 am Choral Eucharist on Sunday. “I know they’re terrified of singing in public, but they always do so well. And, it’s part of my job to be their cheerleader,” she says Conductor, Kathlene Ritch.
The international Anglican-based choral program was designed for use in schools, churches and other community choirs. Students learn unison singing along with the Anglican mass. But musical theory is ecumenical and can be applied to any kind of music – ethnic, jazz, country, even opera. “Singing is healthy. Music is healing. Being exposed to a variety of music helps you grow (as a singer). I revel in their success,” she said.
Please contact Kathlene Ritch at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A new generation of young people who have attended Holy Faith’s Children Chapel for several years, under the direction of Dean Peggy Patterson, are now stepping up to serve in the “Big Church” to further their spiritual growth at Holy Faith. For more information on participation in this ministry, please contact Janet McCroskey at JanetMcCroskey@gmail.com.