In Matthew 19:14, Jesus says "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." Our education programs for children are designed to provide them with the foundations of the faith tradition and spiritual life.
For information or questions regarding our Children's formation, please contact Amanda Harmon Owens, Director of Children's and Youth Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Infants to 3 years
9:00am – 12:00pm
Our goal is for parents of babies and toddlers to worship without worry. We also want your child’s first impression of church to be a happy one. Our child care workers are professional educators. They have had background checks and are Infant/Child CPR and First Aid Certified.
St. Francis offers nursery service throughout the morning each Sunday beginning at 9:00am (9:45 during the summer months.) It is located in the classroom beside the Red room, and has an attached child-sized restroom and is adjacent to the toddler playground.
Parents are asked to notify the workers if their children have any allergies or special needs.
Preschoolers through rising 5th Graders
9:15am Christian Formation Hour
Godly Play meets in Classroom #18, also known as the Godly Play room. This Montessori-based program helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Children from preschool through 5th Grade are welcome to explore their innate spirituality in Godly Play, and then go to Sunday School to continue learning.
Two Classes: Preschool-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade
During 10:30am Service
This is a time for children to gather together and hear part of God’s story. The children will break into age appropriate groups, PreK-2nd Grade and 3rd-5th Grade, to explore the lesson for the day. We use the "Weaving God's Promises" curriculum, an Episcopal program that focuses on how God's promises of salvation are inextricably woven into our lives. The goal of our Sunday School program is to teach children the way of Christ, not only in the church but also in the world, which in turn will prepare them for Christian adulthood. Children begin in class and join their parents in the congregation for the celebration of Holy Eucharist at the Peace. There is no Sunday School on the first Sunday of each month, when all children and families are invited to attend the Contemporary Worship Service.