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Children and Youth

A variety of classes and opportunities are available to Children and Youth throughout the year.  Godly Play, B'Tweens, Rite 13, J2A, and Children's Chapel meet during the program year, which will begin on September 15th this year.

During the summer, Summer Sessions are offered for children on select Sundays from 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Please contact the parish office for details.

 

Godly Play 4 years old through 4th grade

Godly Play

Children 4 years old through 4th grade are instructed using Godly Play, Jerome Berryman’s imaginative approach to working with children. Based on Montessori religious education, it is an invitation to play with the language of God and God’s people through sacred stories, parables, liturgical actions, silence, and wondering. The classroom environment is structured to protect and guide children. This setting creates limits to ensure a place in which a creative encounter with God can flourish. We invite you to come play with us.
Teachers have completed the Godly Play Foundation Core Training courses.

 

 

 B'Tweens 5th and 6th Grades

Weaving God's Promises for Children is a comprehensive curriculum developed especially for Episcopal children, and is our resource for our B'Tweens program. Material includes scripted stories for teachers to use with children and a Threads family take-home paper. 

Rite-13 7th and 8th Grades

Rite-13 includes Part One of the Journey to Adulthood program, and focuses on celebrating the individuality and creativity of each young person.  We supplement Rite-13 materials with Weaving God's Promises for Youth, a comphrehensive curriculum developed especially for Episcopal young people.  Core lessons are included for each year, as well as special sessions for the Church year, holidays/feast days, and the Church and its sacraments.

Journey to Adulthood (J2A) 9th and 10th Grades

J2A is the middle portion of the Journey to Adulthood program, engaging youth with the skills and critical thinking necessary for adulthood. It culminates in a spiritual pilgrimage.  Our next J2A Pilgrimage will be Summer 2020. 

Young Adults in Church (YAC) 11th and 12th Grades

This phase of Journey to Adulthood is a mentor-based program helping older teens to discern and carry out a ministry within their church or in the larger community. Vocation and development of a personal credo are also emphasized.

Children's Chapel

During the first half of the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service, young children may attend Children's Chapel. There they hear the Bible story of the day and share their responses. They then respond by working on a craft project. The children return to join their parents in time for Holy Eucharist.