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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
The nursery is open each Sunday from 7:45am 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.
Every Sunday the children of St. Paul’s are invited to begin the 10:30am service in the church, then separate out into their own special service after the Gospel lesson, and return to the church during “the Peace” for the Eucharist. In their short time together, the children mirror what is happening in “Big Church” with their own sermon, singing, and prayers. This way the children of St. Paul’s participate fully in the life of the liturgy, while also having a message and prayers that are age appropriate.
All children and youth are invited to join Sunday School at 9:15am. For our younger children, we use the Godly Play curriculum. It is a program designed by the Episcopal Church and based on Montessori principles. For our older children and youth, we use Re:Form. It is a video based curriculum that features thought provoking questions, discussion, and hands-on learning.
Introduction to Godly Play in room 1
1st – 2nd Grade:
Godly Play in room 2
3rd Grade – 5th Grade:
Re:Form in room 4
6th Grade – 12th Grade:
Re:Form in room 6
Vacation Bible School (VBS):
All aboard! St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School 2020 is “Rocky Railway,” where Jesus’s power pulls us through! Mark your calendars for June 22-25, 9am-12pm. Kids entering Kindergarten-5th grade will experience Bible songs and stories, arts and crafts, games and snacks that teach us about the powerful love of Jesus. Registration opens March 8th. The fee is $25 per child and $80 maximum per family. And of course, we always need volunteers! Look for sign up sheets in the narthex or email Julia to volunteer. To watch a preview, click here.
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)
Participating in Sunday School and as Children’s Chapel helpers
Holding periodic youth fellowship & outreach events
Attending Diocesan events, including Happening and YES retreats at Camp Allen