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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 also is a special Student Message at the beginning of each Online Worship Services (8:00 and 10:15 a.m. Sundays).

We invite families to worship together at our Outdoor In-Person Worship Services, including October 4 and November 1, 2020.  There is no nursery care or Sunday School at this time.  Your children are welcome to worship, including all their sounds and squiggles, and we encourage families to sit at the front so that children can see and hear better.  Please note that services on October 4 will include the Blessing of the Animals.


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 year.  Godly Play, B'Tweens, Rite 13, J2A, and Children's Chapel meet during the program year, which began 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. 

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

Godly Play 4 years old through 4th grade

Godly Play meets Sunday mornings between services from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. in the Godly Play room.
Children's Chapel is held immediately following Godly Play.  

Message from The Godly Play Foundationi

Godly Play 26 Videos to Watch at Home  

"In response to the many inquiries the Godly Play Foundation received given the widespread closures and cancellations resulting from COVID-19, The Godly Play Foundation and its publisher, Church Publishing Incorporated, have agreed that churches may minister to their children and families remotely by creating and sharing videos of Godly Play Storytellers telling stories using Godly Play’s materials.  We encourage this activity as a way to let children see a familiar face, allowing them to engage more deeply.  Godly Play and Church Publishing Incorporated reserve all rights in the intellectual property contained in the Godly Play materials." 

Children 4 years old through 4th grade are instructed using Godly Play, Jerome Berryman’s imaginative approach to working with children. Based on the Montessori method of education, Godly Play is an invitation to learn about 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.


Youth Group Online Zoom 
Students in the B'Tweens, Rite 13, J2A and YAC are invited to join the monthly Youth Group gathering on the first Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. 

 B'Tweens 5th and 6th Grades

B'Tweens meets Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. in the B'Tweens classroom.
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 meets Sunday mornings between services from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. in the Rite 13 classroom.
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 meets Sunday mornings in the J2A room following the 10:15 a.m. service.
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.