“Atrium” means entry-way into the Church. This atrium is designed to introduce the children to Jesus through presentations on scripture and liturgy that lead them to prayer. Here is our entryway into the atrium where the children hang up their coats and prepare to enter into a space where they can listen to God.
Praying While We Work
Children learn to take care of the atrium. Along with dusting, watering plants, clean up spills, and polishing wood, children also learn how to polish metal. This skill helps the child develop an attitude of ora et labora, praying as they work. It is also a practical life skill that may encourage them to serve as a volunteer who works to maintain a beautiful worship space for the community.
Bringing Faith & Life Together
Young children in the atrium learn life skills that help them gain independence and underscore how valuable they are to God. This hand washing station teaches them how to take care of their bodies. It also prepares them for future work in the atrium, including a presentation on the priest at Mass washing his hands during the preparation of the gifts.
Discovering Jesus Together
Hands-on materials in the Atrium are connected to life of Jesus Christ and his teachings help to make the mystery of God concrete for children. The Atrium is a place where children have an experience of life, an education in faith, and a celebration of the encounter with all three persons of the Trinity.
We believe that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another…that growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God; that children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship; and that the child’s spiritual growth is best served through tangible but indirect means.