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


Mom's Gathering

Sat. 5/19, 9:30-11:30am

It's time to get together again! Join other moms from St. Paul's at the home of Christina Coggins for a time of personal sharing and idea-swapping around the issue of how CONSUMERISM impacts our kids, and what we can do about it. We have a truly phenomenal group of mothers at this church - come get to know each other!


Camp Stevens

It's time to start dreaming about summer camp for your kids! Check out the website below for our diocesan campground, Camp Stevens. If enough kids sign up for the same week, we can organize a carpool to get them down there and back. This place is so special for all that it offers kids in character-formation as well as instilling a deep respect of the natural environment. It also happens to be extremely fun! Scholarships available.

If interested, please let me know so I can connect you with other interested parents, so you can try to coordinate going on the same week. 

http://campstevens.org/programs/#programs_summercamp


NEWS FROM THE PEWS


Upcoming Church School Lessons for Elementary Age (K-5)

From now through the end of our "Spring Term" (June 17), we'll continue in our interactive, nature-based series of Bible lessons from the Illustrated Earth curriculum, plus occasional lessons from the Montessori-based "Godly Play." It's a lot of fun - join us!


Summer Church School Teaching?

We are beginning to put together a schedule of light-hearted Church School experiences for summer. Do you have a skill you'd like to bring to a summer Church School class? Or interesting animals to bring for show and tell? We need a variety of occasional summer teachers (just once or twice per teacher) to lead the kids in hands-on, experiential sessions in the summer. Class is only 30-35 minutes and can consist of whatever you imagine! Past classes have included:

Yoga

Cooking

Gardening

Animal show-and-tell

Group Games

Drama


The options are endless. Let Cassie Lewis know if you'd like to share with the Church School class in this special way, between 6/24-9/9.