This question is directed toward Catholics who either used to be protestants or to Catholics who are familiar with how evangelical churches are structured. I’m wanting to see how we are alike and different in this area.
Does the Catholic Church have Sunday School or Children’s Church for kids while Mass is taking place or do children of all ages attend Mass with their parents?
In my church, elementary school children usually attend Sunday School or “Children’s Church” where they are taught the Bible, read Bible stories, do Arts and Crafts (and stuff like that) related to Biblical themes, etc.
I would describe Children’s Church as a worship service geared towards kids where the message is usually tailored to younger audiences.
Middle School and High School children attend regular church at my church.
There are also Bible studies and Adult Sunday School classes offered either the hour before or the hour after worship service, and sometimes on Wednesday nights for adults.
Some adults attend these while others just go to the worship service.
There are also youth group activities for Middle School and High School age groups that meet on Sunday and on Wednesday nights.
I was just curious if it is normal for Catholic parishes to have Sunday School or something similar. If not, what is the typical manner in which Catholic children and youth are educated in the ways of the faith at church? I assume through Catechism classes?
Just curious. Thanks for helping me to better understand the similarities and differences.