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Children's Faith Formation

COVID-19 Update (June 21, 2021)

Activities associated with Children, Youth, and Adult Faith Formation Programs are either on-line or canceled until further notice. 

At-Home with Faith Resources
In light of the current situation and interruption of schools and Faith Formation classes, Loyola Press, our program's publishing company is providing our familes with at-home resources to faciliate our parish children to stay engaged in their faith journey, spiritual development, and continuity in Christ especially during this challenging time. Access 'Finding God' student workbook here.

2021 Vacation Bible School

Explore with Us! 

Vacation Bible School, or VBS, is an ecumenical summer program that caters to preschool 4 year olds through 5th grade children. The program runs for a week and every year has its own theme that children can explore and it allows them to discover the lives of saints and God in a creative way.  Here at St. Thomas More, our VBS program includes five amazing days of Bible stories and Christ-centered fun-in-the-sun games and activities, arts and crafts, and delightful themed snacks held every first full week of August.  It is run by enthusiastic and energetic adults and youth volunteers from the parish and school communuty. 

 Click here for the VBS Registration Form
 Click here for the VBS Adult Volunteer Form
Click here for VBS Youth Volunteer Form.

Welcome to St. Thomas More Faith Formation

At St. Thomas More, we have special interest in each of our families. The purpose of our Faith Formation Program is to SUPPORT parents in their roles as primary teachers of their children's growing faith. We believe that faith formation is an integral part of our Christian life and faith journey. Another important purpose is to HELP parents nurture the foundation of their child's religious education.  Every family's regular participation at Mass on Sundays is a vital and critical part of every child's faith formation. 

In his 1994 Letter to Families, Pope John Paul II wrote: "Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: they are educators because they are parents." 

We strongly encourage our Faith Formation parents to be involved through elementary faith formation classes and sacrament preparation of their children for First Reconciliation and First Communion. 

In addition, we have the Youth Ministry program from 6th through 12th grade teens, Adult Faith Formation - Rite of Christian Ininitation of Adults (RCIA), Bible Scripture Studies, and other faith-filled activities throughout the year.


Kinder through 5th Grade Faith Formation 
Our Faith Formation Program is designed to challenge our young people to live the real presence of Christ and become more like Christ. Our curriculum is built in the Life of Christ through the (4) Four Major Components: Scripture, Tradition, Doctrine and Sacraments. 

Children's Faith Formation Hybrid Schedule 
Our Faith Formation classes run from September through April on Sundays and Wednesday evenings, with the exception of holiday weekends. Classes are held at 9:30 AM - 10:25 AM for kindergarten through 5th grade and on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 PM via Zoom for 1st through 5th grades. 

For the year 2021-22 our Faith Formation classes will begin on Sunday, September 19th and Wednesday Evening, the 22nd via Zoom  through April 6th, and 10th  2022. 

Click here for Registration Form
Click here for the Photo Release Form. Please print, fill in the student's name, sign and date the form and return it to Sharon in the Parish Office.
Click here for the Fall Sunday morning class schedule
Click here for ZOOM Session Permission Form. Please print, sign and date form and return it to Sharon in the Parish Office.

Curriculum Materials and Resources                                            Loyola Press "Finding God" Our Response to God's Gifts English textbooks from K-5 grade is our main resource material for the program. Our 2nd grade and older students preparing for their First Sacraements utilize Twenty Third Publication's "We Prepare for Reconciliation and We Share in the Eucharist" student textbook. 

For more information, contact Sharon Guerrero in the Parish Office. 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) brings the liturugy suitably adapted to mae it relevant to the lives and experiences of young children. The children are present at the beginning of the Mass until the end of the Introductory Rites. The priest then invites them for a blessing and leave the church to participate their own Liturgy of the Word in the chapel and rejoin the assemby immediately after the Prayers of the Faithful or before the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Safe Environment Certified adult volunteers facilitate the weekly dismissals with the assistance of a parent or teen volunteer. Our main resource is the LTP Children's Litrugy of the Word, A Weekly Resource Guide. 

Sacramental Preparation Classes for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Our Sacramental Preparation Program begins with a parent meeting, followed by the family working together with materials we give them to help their child understand and want to follow Jesus.  There is a half-day retreat for the parents and candidates, a rehearsal, and the celebration of the Sacrament of  Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist. Children should be in 2nd grade or older.  Archdiocesan guidelines state that the child must have one full year of religious education before this preparation begins.

Children's Christmas Eve Mass

The 5:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass is designed for children. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn the importance of sharing their time and talents as members of our parish community.  They may participate in various ways. We will have a children’s choir, children will do the readings and act out the Gospel. It will surely be a blessed and joyful celebration!

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2020 Trunk or Treat 

2020 Rocky Railway VBS 

2021 May Crowning Celebration

2019 May Crowning Celebration 

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Drop Off and Facility Tour @ Lynnwood Food Bank

Annual Pumpkin Carving Party 

Parish Traditional Children's Christmas Eve Nativity Presentation @ the Christmas Eve Mass 

2016 Cave Quest VBS 

2021 Children's Faith Formation Catechists (Remote Learning Sessions)