The Mustard Seed Enrichment Program – The Mustard Seed Enrichment program aims to provide an introduction to the preschool environment for children and their caregivers. This program is on hiatus, but please check back for updates.
Rhythm-Dance-Movement and Song (RDMS) – RDMS is a Montessori-based music curriculum for children aged from birth to 4 years, and their adult caregiver. Children sing, dance, play instruments, and listen to music and poetry. During the school year, this class meets on Tuesday afternoons from 5:15-5:45 and is repeated on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:00. RDMS meets in Ordway Hall. RDMS has ended for this school year, but will begin again after Labor Day (September 8/9). There is no charge for RDMS but donations are gratefully received to help support this popular program. Mark Pace is the contact.
Ageless Worship – Our First Sunday of the Month 10:00 am service is designated as Ageless Worship. The service is designed to be understandable and accessible to everyone, with a length that is manageable for families with young children, and content that is enriching for all ages.
Children and youth are encouraged to participate in the service by assisting with the collection, reading the prayers, or helping in other ways. Speak with the Minister for Children, Youth and Families, Sarah Nyhan at church for more information. Rev. Kate Atkinson is the contact for information about all of our worship services.
Summer Celebration Camp is a great opportunity for children from age 3 – grade 5 to have fun together, and learn a little more about the Bible while engaging in crafts, drama, music, games and so much more. Our next Summer Celebration Camp will be held at St. Paul’s in August of 2016. Please check back for more information as we draw closer.
Sunday Children and Youth Programs
Infant/toddler quiet space - The Youth Room (adjacent to the choir room) is available during the services for families to have a quiet space to care for small children.
Nursery care – Professional childcare staff care for children up to age four. every Sunday from 9:30 -11:30, while their parents or caregivers are involved in the worship service and other parish activities. Located adjacent to the Sunday school classrooms.
Sunday School – During the school year we offer a Christian Education program for pre-school to 5th grade children. Our program uses the stories from Godly Play to allow children to create their own personal connection to God. Children gather in the classrooms at 9:45 am and join the 10:00 congregation for Communion. Sunday School does not meet on Ageless Worship Sundays (1st Sunday of the month) when the children take part in the 10:00 service. Sunday school classes resume on September 13th. A calendar of lessons from September through December is available here.
Children's Chapel- During the summer months, we bring our lesson of the word for children into the chapel. Children will be invited into the chapel after the Collect of the Day, and return at the Peace. There is NO Children's Chapel on Ageless Worship Sundays (1st Sunday of the Month).
CnC (Confirm not Conform) This is a special program of fun, fellowship, mission work and Christian Education for young people in grades 6-8. We provide our confirmation preparation as a part of this program. During the school year we meet on the second Sunday of the month following the 10 am service, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, as well as for other special events and field trips. The young people in the program are encouraged to learn more about the Episcopal Church, and their place in it through discussions and activities. We spend time learning about the foundations of our faith in the Bible and Book of Common Prayer as well as the sacraments. We also study other religions and denominations and how we can learn from one another. We work to put our beliefs into action through service to others in our church and community. Group will meet again beginning in September 13. See our initial calendar here.
SPY (St. Paul's Youth) – The purpose of this group is to bringhigh school students, grades 9-12, together in a life of faith, action and fellowship, and to address spiritual, emotional, and social needs unique to youth. To attain this we provide a safe and nurturing environment, meet regularly to develop a network of Christian relationships, and provide opportunities to serve God through mission work and service projects inside and outside the church. To receive more information about special opportunities for high school youth, including retreats and greater involvement in worship, please contact the office.
We strive to be a place to belong, whoever you are, just as you are. That goes for everybody.
Sarah Nyhan is the contact person for the Sunday school and youth programs.
FAMILY TIME - Looking for ideas to continue the faith discussions at home? Why not share FAMILY TIME with your family - no matter your ages or how many are in your home, you will find something here to enrich your faith lives during the week. For a recent issue of this publication, clickHERE.