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:
IN PERSON FAMILY FORMATION RETURNS THIS FALL! We are so excited to be back in action this fall at St. Paul’s Family Formation! Sunday school will take place from 9:30 – 10:15am each Sunday morning, between the Family Service and 10:30 Rite II worship. So that we can plan for all age groups, please fill out the Family Registration form and keep reading for information about programs for all ages, infant through adult:
Nursery care for ages infant – 3 and 4 years old
St. Paul’s nursery is available every Sunday morning from 7:45 – the end of 10:30am worship service. We seek to nurture and care for our youngest St. Paul’s friends in a safe, comfortable environment while parents participate in formation hour and worship. Parents/guardians, please bring any supplies your child needs, including snacks/water if your child has food allergies. A registration form is available at drop off so that we can properly care for your little one.
Godly Play – PreK – 3rd grade (Classrooms 1 and 2)
Godly Play is a curriculum that explores the mystery of God’s presence in our lives. This way of exploring the stories of our faith is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance.
Upper Elementary Sunday School – 4th-5th Grade (Classroom 4)
Kids in 4th and 5th grade meet for a fun, interactive morning of hands-on activities as we explore the stories of the Bible! Gather with friends as we dive more deeply into scripture with age appropriate questions, discussion, activities and snacks.
Youth Sunday School – 6th – 12th grade (youth room)
See below for details.
CHILDREN’S CHAPEL IS BACK: Ms. Julia has resumed children’s chapel at the 10:30 service. Children will leave with her after the gospel is read and return at the Peace.
Sunday 9:00a 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 9:00 for a service that combines a service with a touch of Sunday School. The 9:00 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.
Vacation Bible School (VBS):
A big thank you to all the kids, youth and adult volunteers and staff for a fantastic week at St. Paul’s Rocky Railway VBS! What a great blessing to be back in our building together, singing, dancing, crafting, gaming and snacking as we learned how the power of Jesus pulls us through. This year’s program welcomed over 60 people, and participants and volunteers were so glad to be together. Mark your calendars for VBS 2022, June 20 – 23, 2022 and stay tuned for more details!
The Episcopal church defines youth as entering 6th – 8th grade (junior high) and 9th-12th (high school). All youth will gather on Sunday mornings to hang out and catch up, then break out by age groups for Bible study. Gather with friends in a space that is specially designed for teens (youth room), and enjoy our Sunday morning fellowship! 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
Upcoming Youth Events this Fall:
September 19th – Altitude Trampoline Park 3pm – Email Julia no later than Wednesday, Sept. 15th to reserve your ticket.
October 17th – TBD
November 14th – Thanksgiving Family Potluck TBD
December 12th – Movie at Alamo Drafthouse TBD