STEP-by-STEP Student Stewardship©
“Children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” – 1 John 3:18
The Step by Step Student Stewardship Program© is designed to teach students as they grow how to be good stewards of all the gifts God has given them. This is done in an age-appropriate way through a different focus of service for each grade level. Click here to view a photo gallery of activities.
Through SBSSS, each student becomes:
- Aware of their blessings and gifts from God.
- Aware of the needs in our community.
- Engaged in serving and learning about those in need through hands-on experiences.
- Aware of how we are called by our faith to serve God and others.
Each grade has:
- A Stewardship Focus: a community need that the students learn about for the entire year.
- A Stewardship Virtue: a virtue pertaining to stewardship that is woven into the stewardship learning each year.
- Stewardship Projects: Opportunities for the students to serve face-to-face with those in need in the community.
- Stewardship Activities: Opportunities for the students to serve others in ways that do not involve face-to-face interaction.
- Stewardship Parents: Volunteers who implement the STEP-by-STEP Student
- Stewardship program: Both in and out of the classroom.
- Stewardship Days: One hour each month in which the Stewardship Curriculum is implemented in each classroom.
- A Stewardship Curriculum: a curriculum that consists of age-appropriate literature, scripture, media, speakers, discussion, games, research, case studies, simulations, activities, and reflection.
- Family Stewardship: A brief family preparation and/or follow-up to each Stewardship day to enhance the student’s understanding and to draw from the parents’ experiences.
Grade by grade focus:
Kindergarten: Introduction to Stewardship
1st Grade: Neighbors in Need
2nd Grade: Neighbors who are Hungry
3rd Grade: Neighbors who are Elderly
4th Grade: Neighbors who are Veterans or Sick
5th Grade: Neighbors who are Disabled
6th Grade: Neighbors who are Children in Need
7th Grade: Neighbors who are Homeless or Refugees
8th Grade: Neighbors in need of Education or Literacy
Oct 1 Nov 5 Dec 3 Jan 14 Feb 4 Mar 4 April 1 May 6
Stewardship Friday Masses
In conjunction with our Step-by-Step Student Stewardship program we will be having Stewardship Friday Masses once a month. These masses will give us the opportunity to reflect on our stewardship focus and pray for our neighbors in need.
At this Mass we ask that the children bring in any amount of money (suggested $0.25 – $1.00) to place in their children’s envelope in the collection basket. This should be money they have earned by doing extra chores around the house. The children’s envelopes will have space for them to write who they are praying for and how they were able to Share the Good News that week. The envelopes will be counted and some of the children’s prayers and Good News will be printed in the Children’s Corner of the Sunday Bulletin.
The money collected from the envelopes will go to Providence House at the end of the school year. You can learn more about Providence House at www.provhouse.org. Last year the parish sent this organization a check for over $500! This year our goal is to top that amount!
The teachers will remind the children in their assignment notebooks when Stewardship Friday Masses will take place.
Stewardship Mass dates:
Oct 3 Nov 14 Dec 5 Jan 16 Feb 6 Mar 6 April 17 May 8
If you have any questions about the program or would like to volunteer, please contact:
Director of Religious Education
440.234.6830 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a list of some of the organizations our program works with:
City Mission-Laura’s Home
Church Street Ministries
Cleveland Food Bank
Berea Lake Towers
Fairview Hospital Family Life Center
Catholic Charities Refugee and Migration Services
West Side Catholic Center
Metro Hospital Reach Out & Read