Our vision is to integrate parents, children, and youth into the life of the church…

       so that as a whole family, they can ‘do church’ together…

       so that all of us can grow into our full human and divine potential…

       so that we play our role in God’s healing of the world.

The Nursery is available from 8:30 am through the end of the 11 am service and is staffed by paid experienced caregivers. Parents may use the nursery, or children may stay with their parents during the service. The nursery is most appropriate for children younger than 4 years old—the nursery toys and materials are geared for toddlers and young preschoolers. We also attempt to have childcare for most other adult activities to make it easier for parents to attend.


Sunday School is held at 10 am in the Education Building for pre-school through 5th grade. The curriculum focuses on hearing all the essential Bible and Church stories. The children respond to the story through discussion and a creative activity. Its foundation is very popular Godly Play curriculum. 


Children’s Chapel is held during the 11 am service. At the beginning of the service, children sit with their parents and after the opening processional hymn, Fr. David calls them up to the front for a blessing before they go with Ms. Carol Waltner for the Children’s Chapel.  


Kids’ Night Out is an opportunity for children to get to know and interact with other children, and a chance for the parents to have a night free. It is not mere babysitting put a coordinated enrichment program which includes activities, supper, and crafts. It is offered once per month on the 3rd Saturday, from 4 – 8:00 PM. It is very helpful if you call Carol Waltner to make a reservation so she can arrange the proper staffing.

Special Annual Events


These yearly events strengthen the family’s spiritual life by incorporating it into home-life.

                                                                                                               

 ‘Blessing of the Animals’- bringing pets to the church for prayer and blessing so family

members may appreciate their pets’ sacred nature at home- this is celebrated near the

feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.

                                                                                

‘Journey through Advent’- learning about Advent and how it can be practiced at home -  

 this is a Saturday morning event in the fall.

 

 ‘Journey through Lent’ learning about Lent and how it can be practiced at home - this is  

  offered in the spring before Lent begins.

 

 ‘Journey through the Day’ learning how to incorporate prayers and  

 traditions to do at home around meals and bedtime.

 

‘Trunk Or Treat’ – celebrating Halloween in the safety of the church parking lot as adults create trick or treat stops out of the of the backs of their cars.

 

‘First Communion Orientation’ – any child may receive communion after baptism, i.e., there is no ‘right age’ to begin receiving the bread and wine. Some families prefer that their children wait until they are older to begin receiving the bread and wine. Simply ask the clergy in order to receive a short introduction and orientation to taking the bread and the wine together. Until then, the children will receive a blessing.

 

Birthday and School Year Recognition On the Sunday closest to their birthday, everyone – including children – are invited to receive a blessing before Communion to honor the day of their birth.  Also, at the beginning and ending of each school year, all of our children and youth are recognized as they take the next step in their academic lives.