Special Religious Education, or SRE, is commonly referred to as "scripture". SRE is for all religious persuasions, not just Catholic or Christian. SRE is offered in most NSW government schools.
The Catholic Church sees the education of Catholic children in the Faith as integral and key to its being. The NSW Department of Education describes SRE “as an integral part of school activities”. SRE can be seen then as part of “a well-rounded education that values and supports the intellectual, creative, physical, social and emotional development of each child”.
The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (or CCD) ministry exists to bring the message of God's kingdom by delivering quality Special Religious Education to Catholic students in State Government schools.
Pymble Catholic Parish is responsible for Catholic SRE at a range of local schools. We attend to this important task by supporting a dedicated group of Parish volunteers, or catechists, who attend these schools on a regulat basis.
The six local schools our Parish provides catechists to are:
- Gordon East Public School
- Gordon West Public School
- Pymble Public School
- West Pymble Public School
- Turramurra Public School
- Turramurra High School
Further information on the Broken Bay Special Religious Education program
Working as a Catechist
The original meaning of “catechist” is one who “echoes God’s word”, however catechists are much more than that. Facilitating a child’s faith formation is a rewarding experience that does not require a teacher’s degree or an advanced degree in theology: all it requires is enthusiasm, as well as generosity in sharing your time with others.
Are you looking for a new way to give back to the community? Have you thought about volunteering?
You may or may not be aware, but there is a shortage of volunteers instructing Catholic children in public schools within our area. Public schools in NSW offer Special Religious Education each week which is volunteer driven.
The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) volunteers teach Catholic children who attend Government Schools. These amazing catechists bring to the students, the news of Jesus Christ.
Yes, you can be a catechist.
Contact the parish office to arrange a commitment free chat on how you can add value to our community by volunteering for 30-35 minutes a week during the school term. All the training and materials are provided.