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

Saturday, Feb 9, at 9:30-11:30am

at the Coggins’ Home


Mom’s Gathering is back! We will gather around warm drinks and light treats at the home of Christina and Brian Coggins. Join other moms as we open our hearts to each other about the challenges and joys of parenting. We make time for personal sharing as well as discussion around a relevant parenting topic.


Topic for this month:

What does a healthy response look like when facing the cruelty of other kids?


Please RSVP to this email.



News from the Pews


Church School This Month

Kids age 4 through 7th grade will continue to be dropped off in Room C of the Parish Hall, where they have an opening ritual together before being split into two classes by age. We have had robust attendance even through the holidays, so come and join us if you haven’t been in awhile. The kids who come regularly are creating a lovely, meaningful community that will only get better as you continue bring them often. 


Lessons for the Primary class (age 4 through 2nd grade) continue to draw from the Montessori-based Godly Play curriculum, while the Intermediate group (3rd-7th grade) will begin a new series of lessons called “God’s Compassion.”


Anchored Families: Parenting Resources

Here’s a helpful article for having conversations with young kids about others who have disabilities, which may also give you helpful language for handling other important subjects. 


https://www.familyeducation.com/life/empathy/6-tips-talk-your-kids-about-disabilities

 

May you bask in the newness and hope that accompany the turning of yet another year.