Children's Faith Formation
Pre-K - 8th grade
It is our sincere conviction that the real aim of catechesis is to bring each child into intimate communion with Jesus Christ. We are dedicated not only to teaching the Catholic Faith that comes to us from the Apostles, but to helping to form disciples of Jesus Christ and to aid them in discovering the purpose of their life: to know, love and serve God in this world so as to be happy with Him in the next.
The Children's Faith Formation (CFF) Program provides comprehensive religious catechesis for children, Pre-K through 8th grade. Sessions are held at St. Bede Catholic Church, in our newly built Parish Ministry level, on Sunday mornings, from 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., September through April. Our A.M. car line drop off starts at 9:15 a.m. Resources in the sidebar to the right for Registration forms. Weekly Sunday morning sessions for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on September 17, 2017.
Sacramental Preparation Program: Saint Bede Catholic Church welcomes families seeking First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for their baptized children who are at least 7 years of age by September 1st. The Sacramental Preparation Program at Saint Bede Catholic Church oversees and coordinates sacramental preparation, for all children of the parish, no matter where they attend school (private, public or homeschooled). The Sacramental Preparation program is a separate program from our weekly Children's Faith Formation program. Children enrolling in our Sacramental Preparation program must be receiving weekly Faith Formation, either enrolled here at St. Bede, attend private Catholic school or be enrolled in an approved homeschool curriculum. Contact Rita Hipple, Children's Faith Formation Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 757-229-3631, ext. 2303.
Vacation Bible School runs for one week each summer with our covenant community, Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. All children ages preschool(potty trained) to 6th grade are invited to participate! All rising 7th graders-grandparents are invited to share their time and talent as a volunteer! Contact Rita Hipple, Children's Faith Formation Coordinator at email@example.com or at 757-229-3631, ext. 2303 for more information.
We are pleased to announce that VBS 2017 will be held from June 26-30, 2017. The theme this summer is "HERO CENTRAL - Discover your strength in God"! Registration deadline is Sunday, June 4th. As always, we are looking forward to another wonderful week of VBS, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. We also look forward to the many wonderful people that volunteer to make this week such a success!
Disciples making Disciples -
Share your faith with the youngest parishoners-the future of our church!
"Jesus formed his disciples by making known to them the various dimensions of the Kingdom of God. He entrusted to them 'the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven' (Mt. 13:11); he taught them how to pray (Lk. 11:2); he opened his 'meek and humble heart' to them (Mt. 11:29). The fundamental task of catechesis is to achieve the same objective: the formation of disciples of Jesus Christ." -National Directory of Catechesis, 59.
The foundation of our Children's Faith Formation Program cannot happen without the stewardship gifts of time and talent so generously provided by our volunteer Formation Team members, many of whom are older siblings, parents and grandparents! With almost 400 students in our program, the participation of older siblings, parents, guardians and grandparents is essential to making your child’s experience the best that it can be!
If you choose to homeschool your child for their weekly faith formation, please contact our Children's Faith Formation office, so that we may have an accurate record of all children in Saint Bede parish who are receiving faith formation. If you homeschool, and your child has been baptized, is at least 7 years of age, and is ready to prepare to receive their First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion, please visit our Sacramental Preparation Program page for more information.
Contact: Email Rita Hipple at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call (757) 229-3631, ext. 2303.
Children's Faith Formation
* Our last session of 2017 Sunday a.m. weekly Faith Formation is on Sunday April 30! We have had a wonderful year with your children! Blessings for a faith filled, safe and fun summer!
*Early registration for CFF Pre-K - 8th 2017-2018 is open NOW! You can attend the Early Registration session in the Father Zahn lobby of Kaplan Parish Hall from 10:00-11:00 a.m., on Sunday April 30th.
The High School Youth Ministry registration is currently being worked on. Please check back to register your children for hightschool YM and Confirmation.
CFF Calendar for 2017-2018 will be posted this summer.
Vacation Bible School
Join us for VBS 2017 "Hero Central" at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, , June 26-30, 2017!Registration for VBS 2017 is now available through June 4th, 2017! Click on the links to the left to print forms. Submit forms to the St. Bede Parish office, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, 23188 - Attn:VBS Registration.
For more information on our parish's mission for Faith Formation, please click here.