Children's Christian Formation (Sunday School)
Sunday School classes for children ages two through 5th grade are offered from 10:10 to 10:55 a.m. each Sunday. During the school year, there are four grade levels for children. The Toddler 2-year class is organized by key monthly themes to help our little ones take their first steps in learning about God and the Bible. This class uses “Sunday School Fun Zone” curriculum. Kids enjoy Bible story time, crafts, & snacks. Ages 3 through Kindergarten (Level One) and Grades 1 through 3 (Level Two) participate in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes. Catechesis is Montessori-based, hands-on religious formation based on the conviction that God and the child are in relationship. Grades 4 and 5 (Club 45) uses a variety of curricula to capture the attention of this transitional age group, such as “The Story” by Max Lucado to study the Bible.
During the summer months of July and August, preschool children can participate in Junior Camp Dunstan enjoying Bible crafts & coloring, snacks, and Kingsley Meadows videos. Camp Dunstan is our Summer Sunday School for those entering kindergarten through fifth grade. We make fun crafts exhibited later at our Art Show, and rehearse a Play based on the Bible which is performed at the end of August.
“Club 45” is Sunday School for our Fourth and Fifth graders. We use a variety of curricula to study the Bible and how it relates to their daily lives, such as “The Story” by Max Lucado, and the ECC (Episcopal Children’s Curriculum) which is rooted in the Bible and our church traditions and worship. Throughout the year, the children participate in a variety of Outreach Projects to help others in the community. Click here for puzzles & more!
Father / Child Weekend Retreat at Camp Allen
An annual fall weekend retreat where all father/child and grandfather/child combinations are invited -- and mom has the weekend off! Camp Allen is located in a beautiful pine forest with two lakes, one-hour north west of Houston near Navasota. You can enjoy lots of outdoor fun with your kids: canoeing, fishing, horseback-riding, hiking, and crafts. The facilities are modern: cabin/dormitories have air-conditioned sleeping areas, complete kitchens, meeting areas, shower house, and covered deck.
We provide a caring environment for infants through age five that is staffed with professional childcare workers. Personal pagers alert parents when they are needed. Sundays from 8:30am - 12:15pm in the north end of the Bentley Education Center.
This year-round Sunday morning program is held from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. GRACE Family Ministry provides an appropriate worship and learning atmosphere for children with special needs – while providing their parents and family the opportunity to worship and serve in other ministries on Sunday mornings. GRACE is available during our 9 am worship services and our Sunday School hour. A team of church volunteers and paid staff provide supportive and caring experiences for the special needs children. GRACE ministries is equipped to serve children with mild to moderate disabilities. The mission of GRACE ministry is to share God’s love with children who have special needs, and to enable them to become an active part of God’s family.
Vacation Bible School
A fun-filled week of Christian formation activities using Group Publishing's VBS materials is offered during June for children ages three (potty trained) to eleven (completed fifth grade). VBS is staffed by volunteer adult and teen members of the congregation. The children enjoy energetic songs, fun crafts, Bible stories in drama, Chadders movie, yummy snacks, and great games – while they discover “Everything is possible with God”.
Baptism of children is arranged through the church office and are scheduled five times a year as part of a service of Sunday Holy Eucharist. All parents are required to attend an instruction course.
Wednesdays @ Church
During the school year, Wednesdays at Church (WAC) nights feature an opportunity to foster fellowship and spiritual formation during the week through various adult classes, small groups, youth Bible study, and children’s choir opportunities. For more information, see the Children’s Choirs entry below, and the Wednesdays at Church section of the website.
An on-campus bookstore and gift shop offers a selection of religious fiction and non-fiction, Bibles, and Prayer Books, gifts and cards.
This children’s music program, for age 3 through Middle School, includes choir and handchimes. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (W@C night which is “Wednesday at Church”) – join up now! There are three children’s choirs: Cherubs (age 3-Kindergarten); St. Nicholas (Grades 1-3rd); St. Cecilia/Chimes (Grades 4-Middle). They use a variety of music, including contemporary and traditional. Children begin learning the basics of music fundamentals. The St. Cecilia choir sings the first Sunday of the month at the 9 a.m. Sunday service in the Nave, and the Cherubs and St. Nicholas Choiurs sing at the 9:01 am service on the 2nd Sunday of the month. All choirs sing at the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Service. The children's choirs meet during the school year (Sept - May).
Children’s Liturgy is a special time when the younger children of our parish leave our services to go and worship in an age-appropriate format of the Liturgy of the Word. Children’s Liturgy engages them and teaches them God’s Word through interactive and fun lessons. Children return just after the Sermon and Announcements in time to have communion with their parents.
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