The Mustard Seed Enrichment Program – The Mustard Seed Enrichment program aims to provide an introduction to the preschool environment for children and their caregivers. We begin each morning with songs and stories. Table activities are geared to ages 2-4 years, with a focus on fine motor development, self-expression and creativity, language development and pre-reading and math skills. Younger children are welcomed and will find a variety of activity choices in our nursery area. A contribution of $5 per child, per session, is expected. We are able to provide tax receipts for these donations. Payment by check for several classes is welcomed. Funds beyond our operations will assist the parish with other programs for children and youth, as well as our mission work with the Early Childhood Program in Chantilly, Jamaica. Our classes are held in the classrooms at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday mornings from 9-11:30 am. We will end classes on May 15, and resume after a summer break on September 4th. For a calendar of themes, click HERE. Sarah Nyhan is the contact.
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 on Sept. 3/4. 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. They are asked to sign up in advance on the sheets on the Christian Education bulletin board in the Upper Parish Hall. Rev. Kate Atkinson is the contact.
Summer Celebration Camp is a great opportunity for children aged 3 – grade 5, to have fun together, and to 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 from 19-23 August, 2013. Details will be available soon, but you are welcome to contact Sarah Nyhan in the meantime, for more information about this and other programs for children.
Sunday Children and Youth Programs
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.
Sunday School – During the school year we offer a Christian Education program for pre-school to 5th grade children. Our 4W Curriculum usesWord, Wonder, Work and Worship to help children 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. Click HERE for a Sunday School Calendar.
Summer Children’s Chapel – During the summer months "Children's Chapel" is available for children during the 10 am service. Simple lessons and activities are offered in the chapel beginning after the opening hymn and prayers. Children return to the service to take part in Communion.
Sarah Nyhan is the contact person for all of the above programs.
CnC (Confirm not Conform) This is a special program of fun, fellowship, mission work and Christian Education for young people in grades 6-8. During the school year we meet on Sunday mornings following the 10 am service, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, as well as for 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.
SPY (St. Paul's Youth) – The purpose of this group is to bring ALL high school students, grades 9-12, of ANY faith background 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 better understand our roles as members of the body of Christ. Through worship, discussion and actions we explore our faith and equip the youth and leaders with the tools and support needed to flourish in a Christian life.
We strive to be a place to belong, whoever you are, just as you are. That goes for everybody.
Teenagers at St. Paul's feel that SPY is a place where they are accepted unconditionally. They feel comfortable sharing and just hanging out with each other. To quote a SPY member:
“This is a place that has a family feel to it and I can be myself and express my true feelings here without being judged.”.
During the school year, we meet weekly, Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00pm, in the youth room off Ordway Hall.