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During the Sunday 11:00 am service, children ages 3 to 10 are encouraged to participate in our Godly Play program.  Younger children are welcome in the nursery, and older children are invited to serve as Acolytes in the worship service.

Godly Play is a Montessori-based method of Biblical Storytelling.  In each session, the children hear a sacred story, parable or liturgical lesson and respond to open-ended questions that invite them to wonder about what they have just heard.  The children engage in art or imaginative play as they continue to explore the meaning of the story.  Their time together concludes with a feast, during which the children offer prayers of thanksgiving and concern as they share a snack.

This year, our curriculum has been refreshed and we will have new stories and a new emphasis on learning the basics of faith.  However, we’ll also continue Godly Play’s focus on the relationship between God and your child.

Sunday School for children aged 3-10 will begin on Sunday, September 21.  Children begin the 11am service with their families, and then meet their teacher at the back of the church after the Gospel is read (don’t worry – it’s all marked in the leaflet).  They return to church in time for communion.

Some families have asked why Sunday School starts and ends with the children in church.  Yes, they can get distracted and a bit wiggly.  But kids pick up more than we think during the service, and it makes a profound impact on them to see their parents and other adults  in church, taking faith seriously.  We also think it’s important for them to realize that all that happens in church – particularly communion – is for them now, not just for grown ups.

​However, it’s important to know that our professional nursery attendant is available in the parish house to care for your child before Godly ​Play begins, as well as during coffee hour.  The nursery is open to all children from infants through 9-year-olds.

​Children aged 10 and older are invited to serve as acolytes, assisting in the service.  Any child 7 or older is welcome to consider being ​a junior acolyte.

To learn more about Godly Play, our Acolyte Program or other opportunities for children, please speak with the Assistant Minister, the Rev. Ginger Strickland.

 



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