Famlies and Kids
We welcome families to join with us in worship and the wider life of the parish. We have a number of activities particularly focused on kids and their parents:
Our Sunday School meets at 9:15 am in the Parish House every Sunday during the school year. We use an Episcopalian Sunday School Curriculum for students 3 years and 4th grade. An interesting and inspiring year is planned for our Sunday School. One feature will be a new Praying with Color program that finds the ways colors enhance our spiritual life. Next we will decide together about supporting an international charity program through the Episcopal Relief and Development programs. Last year we raised the funds needed to plant a small fruit tree orchard in an African Village. Our pumpkin carving dinner and a Friday night family dance program are in the works. After you drop your children off at 9:15am you can enjoy a few minutes of quiet music from our organist Karen Scepansky in the church. The children will be brought to the church during the Passing of the Peace to receive communion or a blessing at the altar. Come join us!
We are committed to including everyone in our church services, kids as well as adults. To make the worship experience more accessible to children, we do the following:
•Welcome them to receive Holy Communion or a Blessing at the altar rail in church.
•Teach kids the responses from the service during Sunday School time, to help them participate more actively.
•Provide activity bags at the back of the church. Each bag includes index cards and crayons, and kids are invited to draw or write their prayers on the index cards during the service. They are then put on our "Kid's prayers" board at the back of the church, and summarized in our monthly newsletter, so that we can all join our children in prayer.
•Invite everyone to receive the Holy Communion. Young children often find it easier to dip the wafer in the wine, rather than trying to sip from the chalice.
•Encourage kids who can read to assist in worship by becoming acolytes.
Baptism is the means by which the church adopts us as God’s children, brothers and sisters in Christ, and by which we are made members of the church. People can be baptized at any age, from tiny infants to full grown adults. Baptisms normally occur during Sunday Worship 9:30am. Baptism is a free gift, the grace of God at work, and we welcome you to speak personally with the prist after any worship service about baptism.
A number of promises are made in baptism - by the parents and godparents of a child, and by the person themselves, if an adult. (You may like to read through the Baptism service for yourself). They are promises of commitment to the Christian life, and we take them very seriously. Once you or your children are baptized, we will look to see you regularly in church both before and after the baptism, and to welcome you to active participation in our parish.
Acolytes: Our children help to lead our worship by participating as acolytes. Acolytes carry torches (processional candles), assist with setting up communion, light and put out the altar candles, and carry the gospel book. The crucifer carries a cross and leads the procession. Call the Church Office on 856.467.1227, or email us email@example.com.