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.

Summer Church Sch00l

Church School is held at 9:00am (arrive by 8:55 to get settled in) for ages 5-11. The summer is a time of joyful experiential learning.  We learn how our faith connects us to everyday life through gardening, art, baking, yoga and many other activities.


Professional nursery care is available beginning at 8:50 am on Sundays for

ages 0 to 4.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY NEWS

Upcoming Church School Lessons


This month in Church School, we will use lessons from our Progressive Christianity curriculum that cultivate the crucial values and practices of prayerful listening, patience, and compassionate action. Stories of Black History Month will also be woven into the lessons. 

 

  • April 9 and 16: No Church School
  • April 23: Connecting to Creation (Earth Day!)
  • April 30: Assembling Welcome Kits for Refugees

 

Upcoming Activities

 

6/4: Pentecost

Pentecost is a special day at St. Paul's. This year it will also include a baptism...which happens to be for my own child! The kids will be brought in to the service early to take in the baptism. 


6/10: Mom's Gathering

Join us on Saturday 6/10 from 9:00-11:00am for a relaxed time to get to know each other and share about our latest parenting challenges and successes. Location to be determined. 


6/18: Summer Church School

Our summer session begins on 6/18! Summer is a special time where we let down our hair and enjoy just being together amid some fun activities (baking, jewelry making, yoga, gardening, games). Nothing like summertime to practice finding God in simple pleasures and in celebrating being together. 


News from the Pews

 

Middle School Class - summer

This new class for grades 6-8 is off to a great start! We have a small but wonderful group of kids. There will be no middle school class in the summer - it will resume on 9/10. Middle Schoolers are invited to join the younger kids for Church School as assistants all summer, however. 


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:

Monthly Parenting Resources

 

PRAYING WITH KIDS

What does prayer mean to you? How do you incorporate faith or appreciation of the Sacred/Divine Mystery/God into your family's life together? What language do you use for matters of the spirit? How do you navigate differences of perspective on these within the family? I would love to hear from you on these subjects. I myself am constantly evolving in my approach (and understanding) of these things, and I suspect you are, too. Let's help each other figure it out. 


A simple starting point: 

Try incorporating a time of family reflection in a regular way, be it after dinner, before bed, or some other time that makes sense for you. Here are some helpful questions to invite everyone to reflect on:

  • What are you most thankful for today?
  • What are you least thankful for today?
  • When did you show love today?
  • When weren't you kind today? 
  • What would you like to say to God about today?

If you are partnered, have conversations together about how you would like to approach these subjects with your kids if you don't already have a set "faith culture" that you practice (or agree on) in the home. I find that many people with a "progressive" theology haven't figured out how to make space for spirituality in their lives; raising kids can be a profound time to open our hearts and begin (or renew) seeing what is possible for our own spirituality.


Good luck! And I sincerely would love to have a coffee date with anyone who wants to discuss this!