A lifelong journey of Faith
Sunday School plays an important role in the formation of modern Christian life, and we aim to give a solid foundation and sound start to a child's lifelong journey of faith.
The Cathedral's children's program corresponds to the French school system -- for children from the Petite Section (from 3 years old) to CM2 (10-11 years old). We also have a dedicated Youth Group for those in collège and lycée (see our Youth Program page ↣).
Sunday School begins at 10:45 AM every Sunday during the French school term. Four classes -- Doves, Fish, Lions, and Arks -- are grouped by grades. The older children rejoin their parents in church prior to Communion during the 11:00 AM service. Children under three are cared for in the nursery (available all year long, including school vacations).
There is no Sunday School during the school holidays. However, there are some special services focused towards children and their families.
Godly Play & More
The Sunday School curriculum includes prayers, bible stories, art projects, music, and it draws upon the teaching methods of Godly Play. Godly Play is an exciting, dynamic, and creative approach to Christian education. It engages and captivates, while offering space for self-discovery and learning.
As part of the Sunday School program, “Children’s Church” are special Sundays where all four classes have their own worship service in the Parish Hall and are joined by a member of the clergy for the sermon.
One of the highlights of the Cathedral's year is the Christmas Pageant, a colorful, moving and musical event with children of all ages taking part. Children also participate in church on Palm Sunday and at Pentecost. Cathedral Kids and Families provides seasonal activities for the children, including special celebrations at Christmas and Easter.
Sunday School teachers and assistants volunteer their time and efforts to help children learn more about the Christian faith, adapting God's message to the appropriate age level to open up the possibilities of a life lived in the spirit of Christ. All volunteers are carefully screened according to the guidelines and Procedures for the Care and Protection of Children and Youth adopted by the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.