Our youngest members
The first Sunday of every month is Children’s Celebration Sunday during which children are invited to take part in the worship service helping Father John by serving as greeters and ushers (helping the big people), bringing the wine and bread to the altar, and participating in a special sermon. For those who find it a challenge to make it through the service, there is an activities table in the connector between the church and the parish hall with coloring materials. For children under four years of age there is also supervised child care available. The Child Care room is located through the Parish Hall – follow the white signs. A baby changing station is available in the restroom located in the Parish Hall as well.
We feel that Christian education is important not only for our children but for our community and the world, and we provide engaging learning experiences for all ages.
We also have a youth group which meets for fun activities as well as community service. Youth of all ages have taken part in a number of outings such as corn mazes, pizza-and-movie nights, and paintball excursions as well as fundraising events for the church including pancake breakfasts and baking pies for holiday bake sales.
The Toddlers and Pre-K have handouts which are coloring pages along with very basic activities that follow the liturgical calendar and the lessons that parents and older children will be following.
Ages 3 through 10 participate in the Godly Whirl program, a three-year curriculum that follows the Revised Common Lectionary. The basis for the program is a circular poster showing the liturgical calendar, what the colors and seasons mean. It includes lesson materials for fall, winter, and spring quarters each year. Every Whirl lesson follows a four-part sequence: Welcome, Hear, Respond, and Launch (WHRL). The kids and leaders read the Gospel story in the Whirl Story Book Bible (which each child has), watch a brief DVD of the story, then respond to the scripture lesson with group activities and creative packets which they can bring home and discuss with their families.
Tweens (ages 11 through 13) and teens of pre-confirmation age meet together and use the re:form Ancestors program with the older kids leading and mentoring group discussions. This is a Bible study that helps students get to know personalities from the Old and New Testaments. Examples include “Adam & Eve: The lovable screw-ups”, and “Simon Peter: The earnest blockhead.” In each session, the group gathers to watch a funny animated video, tap their creativity for activities that involve doodling, connecting and journaling with their own workbooks and then share their thoughts and ideas in a discussion. This program is approved as a two-to-three-year pre-confirmation program in the Episcopal Church. It is designed to incorporate today’s struggles for teenage children and how they can use these lessons from the bible to help them navigate through their uncertainties.
For more information
If you would like more information about our church school programs, contact the Education Director, Nikki Johnston at email@example.com, or phone the parish office at 624-4759.