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Children and Youth

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.



 Godly Play

Godly Play

Children ages 4 through fourth 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. For children preschool through 4th grade. 
Teachers have completed the Godly Play Foundation Core Training courses.


Weaving God's Promises for Children is a comprehensive curriculum developed especially for Episcopal children, and is our resource for our B'Tweens program (5th and 6th graders).  Material includes scripted stories for teachers to use with children and a Threads family take-home paper. 


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. For teens in 7th and 8th grades.                                                    

Journey to Adulthood (J2A)

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. For 9th and 10th grade students.

Young Adults in Church (YAC)

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. For 11th and 12th grade students.