Kinderchurch is a cooperative and functions on the volunteerism of our parishioners to teach the lesson plans to our 3
    year old to kindergarten aged children. Most of the lead and assistant teachers and coordinators are parents of children
    enrolled in the program. We are also blessed to have 6th, 7th, and 8th graders consistently volunteering in our

    There are many ways for you to be involved and enjoy the Kinderchurch experience with your children. We have
    outlined a few below and will contact you throughout the year via e-mail as other communication is needed.

    Head Teacher- This requires a commitment approximately every 4-6 weeks. You are responsible for planning that week's
    lesson. Lesson plans, crafts and ideas are always provided, but often teachers will plan circle time activities and bring
    additional items, activities or stories with them to augment the lesson. The preparation is typically about one hour during
    the week you are teaching in addition to leading the class that Sunday.

    Assistant Teacher- This requires commitment approximately every 4-6 weeks. The assistant teacher follows the head
    teacher's lesson plan. They are there to contribute to the lesson and generally help with organizing the classroom and
    activities during the Sunday lesson. The time commitment typically involves attending the Sunday class (arriving
    approximately 8:45 and breaking down after all of the children are picked up).

    Gatekeeper Volunteers – Two Parents Each Week

    As part of your child’s participation in Kinderchurch, we ask that you please sign up to be a gatekeeper for two weeks of
    the year. You may sign-up at the registration desk during the first few weeks of class.

    * Arrive 10 minutes before 9AM and help children get checked in and sent to the classroom.
    * Assist teachers in the classroom if needed (including keeping an eye on the kids during bathroom visits, etc).
    * Assist with checkout by bringing kids to the waiting parents and making sure they have their crafts/coloring sheets.

    If you have any questions or feedback about the program, please feel free to contact us throughout the year:

    Children’s Liturgy of the Word leaders prepare the first portion of the Mass using the children’s lectionary. Leaders
    rotate Sundays from October through June – approximately eight Sundays per year. All materials are provided. Prep time
    includes review of Sunday readings and preparation of a gospel reflection and usually takes 30 minutes to an hour.
    Class time is during the 9:00 a.m. Mass and includes set up prior to Mass and first half of Mass with children and quick
    clean up. No experience is necessary – just a desire to share the Sunday readings with the children of the parish.

Safe Environment for Children Project      

The Oakland Diocesan Safe Environment for Children Project has been developed in cooperation
with the Oakland Diocesan Presbyteral Council in compliance with the adoption of the Charter for
the Protection of Children and Young people developed at the US Conference of Catholic
Bishops, June 2002.

All parish volunteers, 18 years and older must complete the online training module at
www.shieldthevulnerable.org where you will fulfill the training requirement of the Safe Environment
Project as well as reading and signifying agreement with the Diocesan Policy of Expectation for
Ministry to minors.
The certificate of completion must be turned in with your application.
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