Children gather in a room specially prepared for them, called an atrium, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use to draw near to God. In the early church, the atrium was the place where the catechumens were prepared. For the child, the atrium is a place of preparation for involvement in the larger worshipping community.
In an atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer by taking the material for that text and working with it – placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd or setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table. Older children who read often copy parables from the Bible, place in order the prayers from the Rite of Baptism, or label a long time line showing the history of the kingdom of God.
To add an atrium to this list, or to update information on an existing listing, please print and fill out an Atrium Information Form and mail it to our office.