Our fall children's ministry programs begin on October 14. We meet every Sunday morning promptly at 10:10 am in Children’s Chapel for a ten to fifteen minute gathering time with Children’s Ministry Director, Mary Chalon.
Afterwards, children are guided to their respective age appropriate programs in both “Godly Play” for younger children and “Weaving God’s Promises” for Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth graders for approximately thirty minutes. Then, all children are escorted into the Church to join their families for Eucharist and they remain with them until the end of the service.
As the year goes on, we will update you as to lessons covered in our programs each month, and news about any special events for children. Our goal continues to be to offer children an opportunity to develop their spirituality in the Episcopal tradition in a safe, nurturing, and imaginative environment in our community. We foster an atmosphere of inquiry and exploration, using Biblical story, play, music, drawing, liturgical practice, and as the children mature, we introduce them to the Book of Common Prayer and Episcopal practices.
This program is perfectly suited for our youngest children and is frequently led by our extraordinary volunteer teachers, who are certified in “Godly Play.”
This level is for our First through Third graders, and is led by volunteers as well as Mary Chalon, our Director of Children’s Ministry.
Our Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Graders will be guided by the “Weaving God’s Promises” curriculum, which can be accessed online at weavinggodspromises.org. We will build upon Godly Play lessons explored in PreK through third grades. By Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth grades, literacy is more sophisticated, and the children are both prepared and developmentally ready to take on this next step.
Nursery care is available every Sunday for infants in the nursery room (adjacent to the Sanctuary), and toddler care is available in the toddler room, upstairs in the Parish Hall building. We have four certiﬁed and very qualiﬁed child care workers to look after infants and toddlers every Sunday. Child Care is also provided after the church service for those children until 12:30 pm each Sunday.
We provide many opportunities for parent participation and volunteering in Children’s Ministry. We always need Sunday volunteers and assistance at Children’s Passover (Palm Sunday), the Easter Egg Hunt (Easter Sunday), Advent Family Night, the Christmas Eve Children’s Pageant and several more.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mary Chalon, Director of Children’s Ministries, at Chaldav3@aol.com or call (626) 799–9194 for further information.