MISSION STATEMENT

 Our Mission is to Engage Children in their Catholic Faith and fuel their lifelong journey with Christ,
leading them to be His hands and feet.


**Registration for LAUNCH's 2018-2019 year starts July 1, 2018!**

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New Registration System

We have a new registration system and website we are using at St. Ann's! 

To access the new site click HERE.

Need help getting started or registering? Watch this 3 minute video tutorial to help you on your way.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 25-29

To register for this summer's VBS click HERE.

St. Ann's Vacation Bible School is June 25th-29th for kids entering Kindergarten through Kids entering 5th grade.  Spaces are limited!  If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Vasquez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 770-552-6400 x 6041

Looking to volunteer for VBS? Please click on the links below to fill out an application.
Teen VBS Volunteer Application Link
Adult VBS Volunteer Application Link

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Bible Bash is our carnival for the last day of classes, and we need your help! To sign-up to volunteer please click HERE.

Additionally, if you are interested in being a LAUNCH Leader, aide, hall monitor, office helper, security assistant, or special needs personal assistant, please fill out a volunteer interest form found HERE.


 

WANT TO SEE OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER?
CLICK HERE for the LAUNCH Ledger

 

 

2018-2019 LAUNCH Sessions
(all classes last 1 hr 30 min)
Sundays:  8:45am-10:15am & 10:45am-12:15pm
Monday:  3:30pm-5:00pm & 5:30pm-7:00pm
Tuesday: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Click pdf HERE (1001 KB) to see how these new hours benefit families.

LAUNCH Office Hours
Sunday:        CLOSED

Mon-Thurs:  9am-5pm
Friday:         9am-2pm
Saturday:     CLOSED

*Hours subject to change due to holidays, inclement weather, and church activities.

 

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION
As directed by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, sacramental prep must be completed at your church of registration. You can click on the following link to register in our parish.   Register HERE

Sacramental Preparation for 1st & 2nd grades: 1st & 2nd Grades Sacramental preparation is a two year religious education process. The first year religious preparation needs to be completed in order to receive Reconciliation and First Communion in the second year. If your child is entering Second grade with NO religious education you will need to register them as a first grade student.

Sacramental Preparation for Students in 3rd -8th Grades:
3rd through 8th grade students coming into the Catholic Church needing Baptism and First Eucharist will register for the RCIC, Sunday 9:00am class

If your child is in the 3rd through 8th grade and has received Baptism but still needs First Communion, please contact Jackie Kmet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help get them on the right track.  Students and parents for this group will need to attend 4 mandatory workshops to meet requirements for the sacraments.  We are here to help you get them on track!


HOME SCHOOL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

If your child is in the 3rd through 5th grade, has already received First Communion, and cannot attend our Religious Education classes, we offer the option to complete the material and teach your child at home.  You will need to register online and choose the homeschool option.  You will receive an email letting you know when you can stop in to pick up your teaching material.  There are a total of 4 units for the year.  You will need to stop in to pick up the material before each unit.  There will also be an assessment component to complete for each unit to give your child credit for the completion of the Home School program.  Please contact Jennifer Vasquez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.  
  

FAQs

What is LAUNCH?

LAUNCH is St. Ann's Children's Ministry or Elementary Religious Education program that was designed and created by the staff here at the Catholic Church of St. Ann.

Why did you name the program LAUNCH?

Our staff wanted to create a new name for religious ed that inspired children to be excited about learning their Catholic faith. LAUNCH was a verb that we felt was full of adventure, excitement, and passion. The definition of the word "launch" means to "set in motion", and that's what our goal here in Children's Ministry is to do, to set in motion children's faith journeys. We want to IGNITE children's Catholic faith! We want them to journey to the Son...Jesus, and do so with a fire in their souls.

How is LAUNCH different than PSR, CCE, CCD, or Sunday School?

The answer is, it isn't, and it is. LAUNCH hasn't changed the religious education teachings we all grew up with. Our faith is our faith, and that is the same. However, LAUNCH is different than the WAY you were taught growing up. Utilizing modern day teaching practices, techniques, and research, our goal at LAUNCH is to engage your child in their faith using MULTIPLE teaching strategies. Does your child like to paint, sing, dance, act, think, sort, find, discover, discuss, or solve? Then LAUNCH is for your family!

What curriculum series are you using?

We are currently using the USCCB approved book series Allelu, Alive in Christ, and Encounter with Christ from Our Sunday Visitor for grades PreK-2nd Grade. In 3rd-5th grade we are using Venture and Good News from Pflaum. However, our staff of certified teachers and theology majors are modifying and adding to the book lessons to create customized plans that meet the needs of our East Cobb students.

What does a typical LAUNCH session look like?

In PreK-2nd Grade, your child will begin with prayer and have a quick discussion over the day's topic. Then they read a lesson from their text books that relates to the weekly Gospel message and follow it up with another small discussion. Next, they will have choices between four stations that are Gospel themed and involve either art, reading, thinking, acting, technology, or discovery. Finally, they will join their peers in energetic praise and worship to conclude their session.

In 3rd-5th Grade, your child will open their session in the Flight Training room with their peers. The opening session may entail meditative adoration, energetic worship songs, a skit, or video introduction of the day's topic. Students will then head to their classrooms to read and discuss the weekly Gospel message in whole group and small group conversations. Finally, students conclude their session with a whole group or small group activity, such as a game, service project, skit, or artistic creation.

What grades are eligible for LAUNCH?

We serve students 3-years-old to 5th grade. After 5th grade, students attend EDGE or LifeTeen.

Do you have carpool?

Yes. Carpool drop off starts 15 minutes prior to a LAUNCH session and concludes at the start of each session. Carpool pickup begins once a LAUNCH session has concluded and continues until 15 minutes after a session's end.

I would like to volunteer or help in my child's classroom, can I do that?

Yes! We would LOVE to have you come and see what we are doing, or stay and lend an extra pair of hands. Prior to you entering a classroom, we would need you to fill out a background check and attend a VIRTUS training to be in alignment with Archdiocesan rules. For more information on completing these steps, please contact Linn Hodges at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 770-552-6400 x 6039.

When does LAUNCH start and end?

We typically begin the second week in September, and conclude our sessions the second or third week in April.

How do I know if you are on a break, in session, or closed due to holidays or weather?

You can access the LAUNCH calendar on this page under the Documents tab/section. It will show you any days that we are in session or closed for breaks. We typically follow the Cobb County break schedule, but for any weather closings please check your emails, texts, or the website for information.

My child is past their sacramental year of 2nd Grade, can they still receive First Reconciliation and First Communion?

Yes! Your child will enroll in a typical LAUNCH class that corresponds to their grade AND enroll in a class called Inquiry. Inquiry is a series of additional workshops that help prepare your child to receive their sacraments. Please email Jackie Kmet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on Inquiry classes.

My child has not been baptized yet, can they take LAUNCH classes?

Yes! However, which LAUNCH class they should enroll in may vary depending on the situation and age of the child. For a complete answer on this question, please contact the LAUNCH office at 770-552-6400 x 6039 or email Jackie Kmet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Didn't see the answer to your question?

Please contact the LAUNCH office for more help at 770-552-6400 x 6039 or email the Director, Jenny Kiehl, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you.

Comments?

Want to leave us anonymous feedback to help improve our program? We'd LOVE to hear from you. Please use the following link to fill out an online comment "card" by clicking HERE

Contact Information

Name Jenny Kiehl
Title

LAUNCH Children's Ministry Director & PreK-1st Coordinator

Email jkiehl@st-ann.org
Phone Ext. 6023

 

Name Jennifer Vasquez
Title Coordinator of Religious Ed. 3rd-5th grade & VBS
Email jvasquez@st-ann.org
Phone Ext. 6041

 

Name Jackie Kmet
Title Sacramental Coordinator for First Communion
Email jkmet@st-ann.org
Phone Ext. 6040

 

Name Linn Hodges
Title LAUNCH Office Administrator
Email lhodges@st-ann.org
Phone Ext. 6039

 

Name Susan Rhodes
Title LAUNCH Office Support
Email srhodes@st-ann.org
Phone Ext. 6043

 

 

 
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