Gathered and Sent: Classroom as Small Christian Community


Prayer, liturgy, and contemplation are vital to living the mission: they are the times when we are present to God in order to be present to the world. While all-school masses and liturgies are important means of uniting the community in the Body of Christ, we often neglect to offer students the nourishing experience of small Christian community.

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Through classroom and small group Mass, Liturgy of the Word, and other prayer/reflection experiences, we invite students into fuller participation in the life story of Jesus.



Here are some ideas:

  • Allow students to craft prayer services around the needs of classmates, community members, and the world
  • Prepare and invite students to lead theological reflections of Scripture passages, considering what they think, wonder, and feel about the passage, and how they are called to act
  • Help students collaborate to develop group prayers of the faithful based on a common vision for their community and the world
  • End prayer services with students reflecting upon and sharing calls to action ("How will you announce the Gospel with your life?")
  • Encourage students to develop concrete plans out of their prayer experiences for engaging the world around them in mission