Children & Youth

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

St. Paul’s Children and Youth:

Church during the pandemic: We pride ourselves on an outstanding program for children and youth here at St. Paul’s. In normal times we offer a complete program of Sunday school and other programs for our children and youth. During this current time of pandemic we have endeavored to design program that allows both in-person and on-line experiences of church on Sunday morning. Everything we do at the church is designed around protocols approved by the Diocese of Texas to keep everything safe, which means we are doing things a little differently. We do plan on getting back to our regular programming once it is safe to do so, but for now here is what we are offering for the religious education of your family.

St. Paul’s is a rapidly growing congregation with an abundance of young life! Join us as we live into Jesus’s commandment to welcome, teach, and nurture the faith of even the smallest of our St. Paul’s family. Children and youth will find a place to worship on Sundays. Find your child’s age group below, or contact Julia Peoples, Family Formation Coordinator, for more information (281-391-2785, ext. 705 or jpeoples@stpaulskaty.org).

Nursery:

The nursery is open each Sunday from 9am to 11:45am and offers a nurturing environment for our youngest to play with one another. The space and activities are designed for those six weeks to four years old. Each week the children in the nursery will hear a story and do a craft while also having plenty of time to play.

Sunday 9:15a Holy Eucharist, Family Service

During the pandemic, we started a new family service that meets in the Parish Hall. This service is designed for younger families and lasts for 30 minutes. We hear the gospel, a children’s message from Miss Julia and have communion.  This is a more casual setting where families sit at tables in their family groups and the tables are spaced apart for proper social distancing. So if you are worried about bringing your youngest ones to the more formal 10:30 service consider joining us at 9:15 for a service that combines a service with a touch of Sunday School. The 9:15 family service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page – click here to view. You can find the bulletin and announcements posted on our Facebook page before the service starts so you can download and follow along.

Communion Education begins Sunday, Feb. 21st

Communion Education Class is an instructional time for children and their families to learn about the meaning of Holy Communion. Though the Episcopal church invites all baptized persons of any age to the table, Communion Education class is a wonderful opportunity for children to begin exploring this meal which is a central part of our faith – in a kid friendly way! Each week following the Family Service at 9:15, children will explore Holy Communion through stories, songs, crafts and games! Each child needs to have a parent or grandparent participate with them, and the class is designed for the whole family. For children who are a little too young for this year’s class, the nursery will be available.
This year’s class will be taught by Ms. Julia and Fr. Mark during Lent on the following Sundays:
  • February 21
  • February 28
  • March 7
  • March 21
(no class on March 14 due to spring break)
We will honor our children and their milestone of receiving Communion Ed at the Palm Sunday service on March 28 by presenting them in the service, and honoring them with a completion certificate and a small Bible of their very own. If your child(ren) would like to participate, sign up below, as supplies will be purchased based on the number of participants:
Questions? Email Ms. Julia.

Vacation Bible School (VBS):

ROCKY RAILWAY VBS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
St. Paul’s families, we are so excited to announce that we are having a real, live VBS this summer! Rocky Railway VBS is coming to St. Paul’s on June 21-24.

We are taking special care to stay safe and healthy and have a wonderful event for our children and volunteers. Watch the following video for all the details and email Julia (jpeoples@stpaulskaty.org) if you can volunteer in any capacity or would like to donate items or funds for the event:

Youth:

The Youth of St. Paul’s are a growing group of young people in 6th-12th grades. We believe that the youth are not just the Church of tomorrow but of today as well. Youth are involved in many aspects of parish life, including:

Serving as Acolytes at the 10:30am worship services (4th Grade – 12th Grade)
Holding periodic youth fellowship & outreach events
Attending Diocesan events, including Happening and YES retreats at Camp Allen