The Pathway encompasses Christ Our Shepherd’s Children’s Ministry, an intentional effort to partner with families to help children know the Love of GOD.
Babies and toddlers are always welcome in services at Christ Our Shepherd, but we offer a well- equipped, staffed nursery as well. The nursery is available for children ages 4 and under at the 8:30 a.m. , 10:50/11:00 a.m. services and during the Sunday school hour at 9:40 a.m. During the summer schedule nursery is available during the 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. It can be added at 8:30 a.m. if need is expressed.
Sunday School is offered for children 3 years of age through 5th grade Sunday mornings at 9:40am.
We use the Godly Play Curriculum which recognizes children’s innate sense of the presence of GOD. Teachers serve as guides, creating a welcoming and safe space for children to explore their faith through story, wonder, creative play, and community. Children gain fluency in the religious language of our tradition so that they can make meaning of their own experiences and lives. Godly Play invites children into the Biblical and liturgical story, engaging all of the senses, and provides the opportunity for self-directed response with age appropriate material.
Assembly in room 233 from 9:40-9:50am
Primary Godly Play (3 yr – K) room 232
Intermediate Godly Play (1st – 2nd grade) room 235
Advanced Godly Play (3rd – 5th grade) room 230
Middle School Youth – LOGOS
Christ Our Shepherd’s Middle School program is called "Logos" and includes 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Our Wednesday night program meets from 6:15 – 7:30pm during the school year. The night includes worshiptivity classes which include: a bell choir, drama, Stix Ensemble, art class, and a middle school band. We then move to small and large groups for discussions on our lessons.
8th graders are confirmed in the spring. Middle school youth are scheduled to be acolytes and crucifers throughout their Confirmation years.
Our Sunday morning small groups meet from 9:40 – 10:40am during the school year.
We also do one outreach and/or social event a month including: service at homeless shelters, visiting homes for disabled children, and making lunches for students in the summer.
If there is something you would like to see happening with our youth that is not on the list, please contact Pastor Miriam at 770-487-8717 ext 204. We are always looking for ideas for youth to get involved!
High School Youth – LOFT
LOFT is our high school youth program that stands for "Living Our Faith Together" and meets on Sunday mornings at 9:40am and Wednesday evenings from 6:15 – 7:30pm.
Sunday morning Bible Study begins as a large group in the Youth office and then breaks up into age specific groups accordingly. We use the ELCA’s Faith Lens Bible Study and other discussions on relevant topics in the lives of High School youth.
Wednesday evening LOFT gathers at 6:15pm for food and fellowship, followed by large group programming and small group discussion and reflection time.
LOFT also participates in social events and outreach events throughout the year. Outreach events include: the clowning ministry, visits to the Atlanta Soup Kitchen, local women’s shelters, and delivering lunches for DFACS students. We also take a week long mission trip in the summer to locations across the nation. Social trips include tubing, tree climbing, and much more. Come and relax with us and get plugged into a night with fellowship, meaning, and God!