CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

The mission of Children and Family Ministries at St. Paul’s is to foster a rich inner life in the Episcopal tradition that will accompany our children through both the tempestuous storms and peaceful mountaintops of life. We attempt faith formation that is well-rounded, attending both to the needs of one’s own spirit as well as to the importance of compassionate self-giving in response to the needs of the world. We also strive to forge meaningful bonds among the various families within our community by offering a variety of opportunities for engagement. 


We are sometimes in need of additional teachers or classroom assistants for our Church School, as well as volunteers for the nursery. Teachers and assistants are usually scheduled once a month, while some serve only occasionally as subs.


All classroom helpers receive training in our style of classroom management as well as skills for protecting children from any kind of mistreatment. We work hard to maintain a safe, nurturing environment where children can flourish personally and spiritually.

If you are interested in being part of the Children's Ministry team, please contact our Children and Family Minister, Cassie Lewis, at cassie@stpauls.org.

Church Sch00l

Church School is held at 9:30 am (arrive by 9:25 am to get settled in) with classes for ages 5-11 & Middle school. 


Professional nursery care is available beginning at 9:15 am on Sundays for

ages 0 to 4.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY NEWS

Upcoming Activities


10/8: Feast of St. Francis, aka Bring Your Pet to Church Day

This service is a favorite annual treasure for many of us. We celebrate the service outside, welcoming the mayhem of all God's (mostly domesticated) creatures.


10/13-15: Family Retreat at Camp Stevens

Please consider joining me and my family for the Harvest Festival at the magical Episcopal campground in the wilderness of San Diego County. It happens from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.


I cannot express how special this place is. They are a beacon of joyful environmental sustainability, with gourmet meals sourced by their own organic garden (composting all of our scraps!) and they even have a few little farm animals. The weekend costs $142 per person, which includes cabin accommodations for 2 nights, fabulous meals, great activities, and a glorious, soul-healing forest setting.


Can you tell that I am really, really, really excited about this

and hope that you'll share the experience with me????


All ages are welcome, and children under three are free.

Register at www.campstevens.org or call 760/765-0028!


(Note: for online registration, click the "register now" button in the top right corner of the homepage. Mark that you're from St. Paul's - Tustin so they can group our cabins close together.)


News from the Pews


Church School Registration

If you haven't filled out or updated your child's registration form for Church School, I will track you down and get it in your hands so we can have our emergency-info-ducks in a row.

 

Middle School Class

This new class for grades 6-8 is in session! We have a growing group of insightful, lovely kids and a marvelous curriculum that invites reflection on our Christian tradition in relevant, meaningful ways. Please bring your middle schoolers so they can benefit from this wonderful offering!


Children’s Bulletins

Remember to ask the ushers in the sanctuary for the Children's Bulletins/activity sheets and crayons for those days when your kids join you in church and need some help being engaged. 

 

Anchored Families: Parenting Resources


Mindfulness for Kids

Take a look at this wonderful collection of stories and resources to teach mindfulness to children. Most are geared toward to elementary age. I personally bought two of them and have used them in Church School, getting a great reception from (your!) kids. As with most spiritual resources geared toward kids, they're also a wonderful way for adults to access their own spirituality, as well.


Let me know what you think, and if you have favorites that are not on this list.


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