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


Men's Breakfast: Saturday 1/13/18 at 9am

This isn't just for dads, but dads are encouraged to attend. It's a foody-lovers breakfast,

held in the Parish Hall, for men to get to know each other and to engage in

meaningful discussion about what spirituality might look like for them.


Moms Gathering: Saturday 2/3/18 at 9:30am

All moms are invited to gather at the Coggins' home where we'll create space for mingling (over coffee and tea) as well as sharing about our journeys in the wild world of parenting.

The discussion will center on the question:

How do you talk about God or spirituality with your kids? 

RSVP to cassie@stpauls.org


Potato Derby: Tuesday, 2/13/18 at 6pm

For Shrove Tuesday (the last day before the quiet, reflective season of Lent), we'll host our intergenerational, all-church Potato Derby. It's like the pinewood derby, except with giant Russet potatoes as the racing vehicle. Kids and adults alike are invited to decorate the heck out of their potatoes and send them flying down our giant wooden track.Trophies and ribbons await the winners of various unique categories. There will also be a fine dinner of baked potatoes with fabulous toppings.


The delightful derby mayhem is followed by a dramatic mood shift as we head outside to the fire pit and burn palms that will become the ashes for the next day's Ash Wednesday service, preparing our hearts for a long season of quiet after having made space for exuberance in the hours preceding. 

RSVP to Cassie if you plan to come!


News from the Pews


Church School Lessons in January

In January we'll continue using our curriculum by Illustrated Children's Ministry. It uses Bible stories, told through a life-giving, progressive lens, and playful activities to connect with themes of the natural world. We are also peppering in occasional lessons from the elegant Montessori-based curriculum Godly Play. 


School Pictures

If you have a recent school picture of your children who attend the elementary Church School class (grades Kinder through 5th), please bring one for us to post on our wall so we can celebrate our growing little community of kids.

 

Anchored Families: Parenting Resources


MINDFULNESS IN PARENTING

Consider the following article for strategies to incorporate mindfulness into your parenting challenges. The website contains other articles to teach kids to do the same in their own daily lives. Let me know what you think!


https://childmind.org/article/mindful-parenting-2/ 


Responses or questions? Contact Cassie at cassie@stpauls.org

Be Well, in every way!