Christian Formation for Children
Christian formation for children at church takes place in at least three places: worship, education, and ongoing interpersonal relationships with mentors and peers.
Children attend worship with their families at either the 9:00 a.m. kid-friendly communion service or the 10:30 choral communion service (10am Celtic Worship in summer). Read about children and communion in the Episcopal tradition here.
Children are also welcome and encouraged to attend worship at the 30-minute Wednesday evening candlelight communion service, as well as special services throughout the year, particularly around the major feast days of the church.
In addition, children may go deeper by helping to lead worship. Children old enough to read may help lead prayers at the 9 a.m. service. And beginning at age 11, children may become acolytes, crucifers, scripture readers, and so forth. Read more about Worship Ministries here.
There is no better way to learn to be a Christian than to be in relationship with other, mature Christians. Parents are, of course, their children's biggest role models when it comes to religious education. But clergy, Sunday School teachers, youth mentors, and other adults they encounter at church are also influential. And building connections with peers who also strive to live as Jesus taught means so much to kids, especially in the modern world.
Sunday School (September-May)
Our Christian Formation experience during the school year includes programs for Kindergarten through 8th grade during the Sunday Spiritual Deepening & Fellowship time of 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. (Learn more about this time here.) Follow the signs to the south end of the building (the education wing), where we have special curricula for each age group.
- Scroll down to read about the three classes*
- Sunday School Registration Form
- Subscribe to the weekly children's ministries eNews
- Printable liturgical calendar for 2017-2018 (starts Sunday 12/3/17)
- Spark House Bible-reading plan for kids: Sample for the month of May or subscribe here.
Youth Group for Grades 6-9: See the Youth page.
Vacation Bible School (June) See this page
Godly Play: Age 4 through 1st Grade
Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us! Children are invited to participate in this unique approach that invites them to wonder about God, themselves, and the world. Godly Play invites children to enter into sacred stories and creative activities as a way to seek and find answers to their faith questions. For more information, visit The Center for the Theology of Childhood.
Holy Moly: 2nd through 4th grade
Holy Moly is a hit! Holy Moly uses a short, engaging Bible story video to start each session. This curriculum is so popular and meaningful that kids ask to watch the stories again!
Connect: 5th Grade and up
This is a pre-confirmation class, pondering the big questions of life with a variety of materials, activities, crafts and video.