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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 in-person worship service on December 6, 2020.

There is no nursery care, Sunday School, or Children's Chapel at this time.  Your children are welcome to worship, including all their sounds and squiggles, and we encourage families to locate themselves so that 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
     (see Youth Group meeting information below)

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 - 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.

Message from The Godly Play Foundation

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 Meeting Online via Zoom 

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