Wooden Board

Children's Ministries

Welcome!

We are very excited to provide Christian formation opportunities for children with at home & in-person options. Please know that our teachers are all fully vaccinated and will be masked. We encourage all who want to receive weekly email  updates or reminders, to use our online registration form. You can select which offerings work best for your family.  

 

Children’s programming this year focuses on worship.

  • Church School at 10am offers children’s chapel, an opportunity to become better familiar with our worship practices. 

  • Children’s Time at 5pm introduces children to a simpler form of Compline.  

  • Both are offered on the first three Sundays of the month. 

  • For both, children are required to wear masks.

  • Nursery is available every Sunday during the 10am service.

 

 

Children’s Chapel at 10 a.m.

  • Using simpler language, children worship in a similar format as the Service of Holy Eucharist: Confession & Absolution, the Invitatory, the Psalter, Song of Praise, A Lesson (their “sermon”), the Creed, Prayers for Ourselves & Others, the Lord’s Prayer and Collect. They join their families in the sanctuary for the Holy Eucharist. 

  • The lesson portion focuses on the Jesus’ parables. 

    • We alternate between:

      • Godly Play which engages children through the use of manipulatives and parable boxes, and

      • Learning to Use My Bible which gives children practice finding and reading the parable in the Bible, and responding through puppetry or skits. 

  • Schedule: Church School is offered on the first three Sundays of each month; the remaining Sundays, children worship with their families. 

  • Location: Outside on the inner patio, or in inclement weather, in the Parish Hall. 

  • For those at home, we periodically post aspects of the lessons on our Facebook page for families to use it at home.

 

Nursery at 10 a.m.

  • We have two adult nursery care providers, both of whom are fully vaccinated and masked, and are waiting to receive and watch your little ones under the age of 4.

  • We run a professional air purifier and toys are cleaned and sanitized weekly. The room is not used during the week.

  • Nursery is an indoor space for fully vaccinated, masked people in order to minimize COVID risk to unvaccinated children.

  • We are able to live-stream the service in the Nursery on a flat-screen TV, so parents who choose to stay with their child, can watch the service, and pop up to the Sanctuary when it’s time to receive communion.

Children’s Time at 5 p.m.

  • It is always outdoors, so dress appropriately.

  • Flashlights are optional; mini lanterns are available to borrow.

  • Children leave the service before the lesson is read, and return for the Holy Eucharist. Roughly 10-15 minutes.

    • We walk through the Sanctuary and out the Main Street exit to the start of a special story walk:

    • The story presented is: Karin Hosinger Sherman’s Candle Walk: A Bedtime Prayer to God.  Her illustrations and words present a simplified Compline service. Listen to the book here as it is recorded by St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Bethesda, MD.

    • As we walk, read and wonder through each page, we pause to offer our prayers of joys and concerns to God.

    • Why compline? Read Kids & Compline, an article by Jeff Jackson, Rector of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, who offers six reasons why teaching children Compline brings children into a deeper faith with God.

  • Schedule: Children’s Time is offered on the first three Sundays of each month; the remaining Sundays, children worship with their families. 

  • Location: Meet outside under the Elm Street Porch. 

  • For those at home, share this story online with your child, or purchase the book. For older elementary-age children, listen to Compline here or read it together from the Book of Common Prayer, p. 127.

 

If you have questions, email Carol Brady.