Children & Youth Ministries
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church lives into our vision statement by welcoming, inviting, and including children and youth into our church as integral members and leaders within the Body of Christ.
We equip and empower our young people to discern and discover the unique spiritual gifts that God has given them and we commit to walk with them as they discover how they can use their gifts to serve the church, their schools, their community, and beyond. We support and nurture their eagerness to hear how God is calling them and we believe we are called to serve as guides as they explore and articulate their faith as Christians and Episcopalians. Please explore our programs below, and see how you can get involved. As we grow and expand our ministries for and with children, youth, and their families, we thank you for your prayers, presence and continued support. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to help out, please contact our Associate for Congregational Development, Mtr. Liz Embler-Beazley at email@example.com.
NURSERY Children from birth through 3 years old are invited to our church nursery during the 9:00 AM Sunday School hour and the 10:15 am service. The nursery is staffed every Sunday by two wonderful people ready to play and entertain the youngest members of our church! Parents are welcome to pick their children up for communion. We ask that parents sign their children in and out of the nursery each week and we ask that parents fill out a family information card for us to keep on file as we get to know your children.
CHILDREN'S EDUCATION Our Sunday school curriculum is called Godly Play, a Christian education program designed to help children explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. We hope to begin offering this program regularly again in the Spring of 2022--stay tuned for details! In the meantime, what is Godly Play?
ACOLYTE PROGRAM Beginning in 1st grade children are invited to participate in the celebration of the liturgy by serving as an acolyte. We offer two ways to serve as an acolyte. The first is as a Junior Acolyte. Junior Acolytes process in with the altar party, sit at the altar during the Liturgy of the Word, and lead the children to children's chapel. Children who can sit through the entire service and follow along with the liturgy in the prayer book and hymnal are welcome to sign up to serve on one of the acolyte teams. Acolytes serve once a month. Formal training is offered once per year and additional training is offered as needed.
Questions? If you have any questions or concerns or would like to help out with Children and Youth Ministries, please contact our Associate for Congregational Development, Mtr. Liz Embler-Beazley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ministry Architects Partnership
In January 2022, St. Paul's began partnering with Ministry Architects to renovate our children, youth, and family ministries. Throughout this 18-month process, we will work to revitalize these ministries and make them sustainable. You can read more about this work here.