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Children

pente-kidsChristian Formation for our children involves worship, Sunday School, Children’s Chapel, and our Young Families Group.

Sunday School – Sunday School for age three through 6th grade  is from 9:00 am to 9:50 am on Sundays during the school year.   (Jr. High and Sr. High also meet at 9:00 am Sundays – see our Youth Page)

The classes are divided as follows:

Godly Play  (Age 3 – Grade 5)

Godly Play – Godly Play is based upon the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world.

Weaving God’s Promises (Currently not offered, but we keep it as a possibility)  An Episcopal curriculum to teach children and youth how God’s promises of salvation are woven into our lives; to teach children and youth the way of Christ, not only in the church but also in the world as Christ’s ambassadors; to give children and youth a solid grounding for future youth and high-school formation programs, which prepares them for Christian adulthood; to foster the spiritual formation and growth of our children and youth in Christ’s love and mercy and to teach the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Children’s Chapel– During the 10 am church service, a “Children’s Chapel” is provided targeting ages 3 –9. The gospel, sermon, creed, confession, and prayers are geared for children. The goal is to provide a meaningful worship experience for young children that they can understand. The children process out of the church sanctuary after the Collect and a quick special recognition and discussion with the children. They return during the passing of the Peace, in time for offering and Communion.  See our Children’s Chapel page.

DSC_0497Other events that include children occur throughout the year:

  • Young Families Group – Families with young (elementary-aged and preschool) children are invited to join our Young Families Group.  We meet monthly for a potluck dinner, fun, and education.  We also have play dates once a month to fun places – hiking, the zoo, the aquarium, and many more.
  • During Lent, we have Soup Suppers for the whole congregation. After supper, we break into age-based groups for further educational or reflective activities.
  • At Easter, we have a huge Easter Egg hunt

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