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


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. 

 

Upcoming Activities

 

Upcoming Activities


8/13: Summer Play Day on the Lawn

Bring your kids and stay after the service for an afternoon of scavenger hunt and other special group games, followed by lunch together. Parents get to visit while kids play (but parents are welcome to play, too...it might be hard to resist). Water balloons may be necessary, depending on the weather. Please RSVP so we can order enough food!

I do need a few volunteers - age 7th grade or up, including parents!

Let me know if you (or your older kids) can help out that day.


8/16: Mother Blessing for Christina Coggins

Please join us for this special "Wednesday Eves" session (the women's group of St. Paul's) where we will honor Christina Coggins as she prepares to give birth to her fourth. Together we will offer blessings to give the mother courage not only for the momentous and sacred task of giving birth but also for the threshold she will cross into motherhood for her fourth time. Managing the hearts, minds, and bodies of 4 little ones (under the age of 5!) is a monumental task, and we call on grandmothers, mothers, and all women of St. Paul's to bring their loving encouragement as we offer Christina

a prayerful ritual of communal blessing. 


8/20: Back to School Sunday

Bring your young students' backpacks to church for a blessing to send them bravely on their way into the new adventures ahead for the school year. Teachers will also be included in this special sending prayer. 


10/13-15: Harvest Festival Weekend at Camp Stevens - Save the Date!

Please consider joining me and my family at the magical Episcopal campground in the wilderness of San Diego County for their “Hoes Down!” Family Harvest Weekend 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 (and they compost all of our scraps!) and they even have a few little farm animals. The cost is a great deal, at $142 per person, which includes cabin accommodations, 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????


From the Camp Stevens team: 

"The annual family weekend features guided hikes, crafts, and outings around the little country town of Julian. With an emphasis on the camp garden’s harvest, this weekend celebrates the bounty of the Fall season. It’s the perfect time away with your family or group of friends. Join us as we connect with old friends and make new ones, sing around the campfire, cook, craft, explore, and create wonderful memories. The weekend begins with a supper on Friday evening, and ends with Eucharist and lunch on Sunday. 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. And mark that you're from St. Paul's - Tustin so they can group our cabins close together.)

 



News from the Pews

 

Church School Registration

Be sure to fill out or update your child's registration form for Church School! Forms will be on the patio after church from 8/20 - 9/10. Help us keep your kids safe by providing emergency contact info and allergy/medical info! If you completed the form last year, you just need to sign and date it anew for this year. 

Middle School Class Resumes 9/10

This new class for grades 6-8 will return soon! We have a growing group of insightful, lovely kids and a marvelous curriculum that invites reflection on our Christian tradition in relevant, meaningful ways.


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!