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.

JOYFUL PATH- Church School

Church School is held at 9:30am (arrive by 9:25 to get settled in) for ages 5-11. The curriculum used is “A Joyful Path,” published by Progressive Christianity, using the Bible and other wisdom stories to help children learn how to follow the path of Jesus, other teachers, and real life heroes in today’s world. We aim to teach interdependence, self-awareness, respect for nature, stillness, forgiveness, prayer, meditation, and integrity.


Professional nursery care is available beginning at 9:15am 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

 

4/2 through 5/7: Welcome Kits for Refugees

You are invited to participate in our donation drive to collect items for Welcome Kits for newly arrived refugees settling into new apartments. See the Faith & Justice table for detailed list of needed items (or email Cassie). This is a great opportunity to involve your kids and expose them to the refugee story which plagues so many around the world.


I encourage you to pray over your donations with your kids, praying for the recipients as you send them courage, strength, and comfort on the uphill journey they face. 


Here's a couple of great links to help you get started with conversations about refugees:

https://www.worldvision.org/refugees-news-stories/talking-with-your-kids-about-syrian-refugee-crisis

https://www.worldvision.org/category/refugees-news-stories


April 9: Palm Sunday

Children will join us in church for this special dramatic service that begins outdoors in celebration with palms and concludes in somber silence as we exit into Holy Week. Fear not! We will have special activity bulletins with crayons available for kids during both this service and Easter. They can keep their little hands busy as they soak in the beauty and drama of of this service.


April 16: Easter!

Kids will make a special parade carrying in the "Alleluia" banner and join their parents for the service. Afterwards, enjoy a light brunch while kids collect Easter eggs and play games on the lawn. Celebrate with us!


News from the Pews

 

New Middle School Class Forming!

We are in process of creating a new Church School class for middle schoolers, grades 6-8. The class will take place during the 9:30am service, with the kids joining the adults for the Eucharist. We are still in need of ONE more teacher to commit to teaching monthly. We hope to start up this spring, as soon as all teachers are in place and trained.


Please consider being a teacher! We have a small but wonderful group of kids who will benefit greatly from the close mentorship that will come from the new class. 

 

Church School Assistants Needed

We are also in need of just a couple of class assistants to add to our current rotation of helpers. Would you consider this role? It requires no preparation (besides an annual training)--you just show up and help the teacher to keep order and connect with the kids.


We are committed to having two helpers in the classroom, for everyone's safety as well as just making the class work smoothly. But it requires volunteers to make it happen! Thanks for considering, and for nudging your friends in the pews to participate!


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

 

TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT EASTER

What does Easter mean to you? Easter is a beautiful opportunity to share with kids some of Christianity's most profound themes, and for us adults to be reminded of how those themes can enrich our own lives. Here's some basics:


*The theme of life and rebirth (resurrection) is universal. The festive celebration of new life, after the long harsh winters (or summers, depending on your hemisphere!), has been a custom since at least the ancient pagan festivals. Jesus' message is no different. There is deep HOPE found in the perpetual new life that pokes out of the ground, or peeps out of its little egg shell. Love and life will WIN. Help kids make the connections between these big themes and the life-filled symbols of Easter (easter grass, little chicks and bunnies, etc.)


*Just as with the new life we see emerging in the physical world, we can also claim that rebirth in our inner lives. There is ALWAYS the chance for renewal in our spirits, no matter how beleaguered we get. We may face long, harsh seasons of hibernation, but new life/resurrection can always come to us. 


*Invite your kids to name where they see new life around them. In nature? In people's compassionate responses to terrible things? In their own hearts? Or ask where they see a need for new life?


Here is a link to a great discussion (for adults) by a marvelous down-to-earth theologian on the meaning of Easter for progressive Christians:


https://progressivechristianity.org/resources/marcus-borg-charles-holt-discuss-jesus-resurrection/