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Nursery, Children and Youth

Below please find a list of our usual offerings.  Please note that at this time formation for children is offered through family emails and Zoom meetings.  If you would like to be included in email communications please contact Mariel York, Director of Christian Education.  (stbarnabasDCE@outlook.com) 

There is a Student Message at the beginning of each Online Worship Service (8:00 and 10:15 a.m. Sundays).  We hope you and your child/children will enjoy this special time.

Your children are welcome in worship, including all their sounds and squiggles, and we encourage families choose a place where children can see and hear easily.


Nursery and Sunday School - suspended for the time being

Infants and toddlers are welcome in the Nursery beginning at 9:00 a.m. most Sundays.  The Nursery closes following the
10:15 a.m. Service.  Our background-certified and trained nursery staff is available every Sunday throughout the year.

A variety of classes and opportunities are available to Children and Youth throughout the program year (roughly September through mid-June):

Godly Play - 4 years old through 4th grade  (see COVID-time resources below)
B'Tweens - 5th and 6th grades
Rite 13 - 7th and 8th grades
J2A - 9th and 10th grades
YAC - 11th and 12th grades
Youth Group Information Below


Children's Chapel - suspended for the time being

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.  The children join their parents in church in time for Holy Eucharist and the remainder of the service.


Youth Group/Youth Ministry 

Students in the B'Tweens, Rite 13, J2A and YAC  programs are invited to attend outdoor events to be held on the church grounds one Saturday each month, an opportunity to gather in person for fellowship and friendship. Parents and members of the Youth Committee are invited to attend and are encouraged to be chaperones/co-facilitators

Since Governor Northam has increased the number of participants for outdoor gatherings to 25 (effective March 1, 2021), teens are encouraged to bring a friend to these events providing that a signed parental approval form from their parents is submitted at least one week before the event.

Please make sure that attendees are free of COVID symptoms (no fever; no contact with COVID-positive friends or family, etc.); COVID mitigation protocol and Safe Church practices will be strictly adhered to. Parents will be contacted by phone and email as early as possible on the day of the event in case of postponement due to inclement weather.

For information, forms and to RSVP please contact Theresa Merchant, Special Events Coordinator and/or Mariel York, Director of Christian Education.