As the blog unfolds, I would like to help you become familiar with our atria, beginning with the Good Shepherd Atrium for 3-6 year olds. In this post, I'll show some of the works in the Good Shepherd Atrium that help us to meditate with the children upon the liturgy (the worship) of the Church. I hope to share more information about individual works as the blog posts roll along, but for now I'll just give you a quick look.
Generally speaking, these works help the youngest children to connect with the sights and sounds (and even the smells!) of Church. The liturgical materials we have gathered allow the children to prayerfully set the altar, mediate with their bodies while making the gestures that they see in worship, and identify the season of the Church year just by taking a quick peek up front! We don't expect young children to be attentive to the entire service. Instead, through our liturgical works, we hope to help them "tune in" to the most essential moments of our worship and to participate more deeply.
|Our beautiful model altar, lectern, sacristy cabinet, and
baptismal font were handmade for us by parishioner Charlie Buss.
At the model altar we learn the names of the objects we see in Church, and lift up some of the key moments of Holy Communion through the gestures that accompany them. Our altar work focuses on the great gift of receiving Jesus' presence in the bread and wine each week.
Here we discover the joy and significance of baptism. The children explore the gifts of baptism (water, the light, oil) and the gestures that are a part of the sacrament.
With the liturgical color works we explore the seasons of the Church year. In worship the color of the hangings around the altar and the vestments Rev. Peter wears give us a visual awareness of the season of the Church year.