Children, Youth & Family Programs

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

– Matthew 19:4

Christian Education for children and youth is one of the most important ways we live into our mission as a church. We seek to provide a variety of ways for out children, youth and their families to grow in their faith and make a difference in the world. This is accomplished using a variety of programs.

Children

Nursery | Ages Infant – 3 Years | 8:50 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. on Sundays
Providing quality and loving care in our dedicated nursery space during worship and for other events. The nursery is staffed and equipped with a pager system. The nursery is overseen by one paid staff member and one volunteer.

Sunday School | 9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. | Preschool – Grade 1
Our younger class uses the Godly Play Curriculum, a Montessori curriculum utilizing hands-on and imaginative play to explore the stories of God and God’s people.

Sunday School | 9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. | Grade 2-4
Our older class uses Weaving God’s Promises, a curriculum that engages the Bible, prayer and lectionary in fun and age appropriate ways.

Children’s Chapel | Age 4 – Grade 5 | 10:00 a.m.
During the beginning of the church service, children gather downstairs in the Children’s Chapel for their own liturgy that includes a time of song, prayer and a Bible story. Children return to the sanctuary to join in worship after the Peace.

Children’s Sermon Box | Grade 5 and younger | 10:00 a.m.
After the Peace, all children and parents are welcome to participate in the children’s sermon box on Sunday mornings. Every Sunday’s sermon box is a creative surprise!

Family Fun Dinners | Starting in the 2016 Season
Bring the kids, and an appetite for fun and fellowship with other families in our community. Dinner and fun is provided for all families with children ages birth through elementary school. Dinners are held in the Parish Hall which is hosted by a St. Christopher’s family.

Vacation Bible School | PreK – Grade 5
Each year, children are invited for a weeklong Bible Camp that is sure to be full of fun and learning all about God’s big love for us! Lots of youth and adult counselors, snack helpers, planners and energetic volunteers are needed!

Youth

Middle School Sunday Education | 9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. | Grades 5-8
Our Middle school class uses the Weaving God’s Promises for Youth curriculum, a curriculum that engages the Bible, prayer and lectionary in activities and discussions.

High School Sunday Education | 9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. | Grades 9-12
Our high school class participates in Bible and discussion based learning, using the Stories and Rituals curriculum out of our diocese. Teachers use a team approach to connect the Bible and Christian life to current issues and dilemmas facing our teens. Two volunteers teach this class.

Confirmation | 9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. | January – April | Grades 8-9
Confirmation begins the spiritual journey for our youth to maturing adult membership in the Episcopal Church. Two volunteers teach this class. Several mentors are needed to guide our youth through the process.

Youth Group
Our youth meet monthly for youth group, as well as attend diocesan youth events, offsite retreats and outreach service projects throughout the year. Be sure to ask for a quarterly calendar, which is the best way to keep track of our current youth events.

How can you get involved?
Each program requires a minimum of two volunteers, and oftentimes substitute teachers, extra mentors or organizers are needed to keep programs running smoothly, so new volunteers are always welcome and appreciated! Whether you have the gift of teaching, play, organization or hospitality, we have a place for you!