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

Professional nursery care is available for ages 0-5 during the 9:30 am service (9 am during summer). 


Church school is held during the 9:30 am service (9 am during summer) with an elementary class for Kinder through 5th grade, and a middle school class for grades 6-8. Be sure to have kids arrive at least 5 minutes early to get settled in. 


Goals of Church School:

  • To provide our children with language for expressing and understanding spiritual experience
  • To foster a safe, delightful, loving community in which to explore spirituality
  • To expose them to the tools of the Christian Tradition that can lead to a grounded, satisfying, and consciously-lived life
  • To help them form an ethical way of living • To give them the assurance that they are loved fully by God and can be agents of God’s love in their own world
  • To nurture theological reflection from a progressive perspective, using stories from the Bible as well as other sources  Curriculum

Curriculum

We use a variety of curricula throughout the year for the elementary class, interspersing special lessons from the Montessori-based Godly Play, Illustrated Children’s Ministry, and Progressive Christianity. For Middle School, we use a beautiful, engaging curriculum from Seasons of the Spirit.  


Registration

Please fill out a registration form for each child participating so we can ensure everyone’s safety and well-being while you’re on site with us. The forms can be found in the classroom. 


Joining Parents in Church

Midway through the service, children will be escorted to the sanctuary during the Passing of the Peace. Please watch for your kids at that time and help them find you. They are most welcome to participate fully in Communion. If you have kids in the nursery, you are welcome to retrieve them to join you for Communion, in you like. We look forward to meeting you and your little ones!

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY NEWS

Upcoming Activities


Dec 24: Annual Christmas Pageant

It's time to sign up! Please let me know asap if your children will be participating in this year's pageant at 5pm on 12/24, and their 1st choice of the role they prefer, so I can know how to divvy up costumes. Here are the roles available:

  • Ages 4 and under: sheep
  • Ages 4-11: angels and shepherds
  • Ages 8-14: wise people, camel, inn keepers


Please consider volunteering to assist with this event. We'll need several adult helpers during the program to help corral the kids into their places, as well as help get them into costumes at the beginning of the service. Helpers will still get to watch the show from their places, not to worry. 


There will be a short rehearsal on Sunday 12/23 after church (10:45am-11:15am). Please reply to this email to either volunteer or sign your kids up. Thanks!


News from the Pews


Mason Jar Advent Tags

If you haven't picked one up, there are some Advent tags still available. These are sheets of tags that you can cut out and place in a mason jar. Each day you can pull one out with your kids to see the suggested activity for that day to help deepen your Advent practice. There are also 4 prayers to share for each week of the season, perhaps while lighting your Advent wreath together. (I can also email them to you if you want to print them yourself.) These can still be meaningful even if get a late start!


Church School This Month

We are continuing our tradition of offering the beautiful, quiet Godly Play Advent lessons all month. The two classes (Primary and Intermediate) will be combined during the lesson before splitting off into their separate classes for their activity time after the lesson. 


Kids will continue to be dropped off in Room C of the Parish Hall. The teachers appreciate your continued efforts to come to class a little early so they can make full use of the short time they have together! 


Anchored Families: Parenting Resources


Here are some lovely artsy projects to do with your littles as the season finally begins to feel Fall-ish. This is a website that I love - it can be cumbersome to navigate, but it's always worth it!

 

https://nurturestore.co.uk/10-beautiful-homemade-fall-wreath-art-projects