We love children!
1/3 of the congregation is under the age of 18, and we welcome them fully into the life and ministry of our community.
Looking to baptize your child? Wonderful! We baptize people of all ages, and will happily welcome them into the life of faith. To understand more about what we think that means, and to hear our thoughts about how to choose godparents, go here.
Sunday School! From 10-10:30am they can join other children for singing, bible story, snack, crafts or drama, and prayers. Our program is non-cumulative, so they can drop in and not feel like they’ve joined the party mid-stream. For more about that Sunday School, go here.
Once a hear we put on a Children’s Musical, which is great fun! In year’s past we have done 100% Chance of Rain (the story of Noah) and Queen Esther. Singing, dancing, costumes, showy finish, it’s got it all! Our 10:30 Music Director is in charge of the production, which happens each winter, post-Christmas and pre-Easter.
Every Christmas we hold the Christmas Pageant, and children are welcome to participate at any age. Rehearsals begin in Sunday school in
December, with one dress rehearsal the Saturday before the play, which is held the Sunday before Christmas Eve. We also hold a Children’s Easter Vigil every Holy Saturday, where some older children re-enact bible stories and we celebrate the first Easter Eucharist. And of course, an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday! Yearly we host a Children’s Instructed Eucharist. Plus in August 2016 we will hold our very first All-Parish Camping Day, with special programming for small children.
Looking to start teaching your child the bible stories? Our favorite bibles, appropriate for each age, are here.
Know that we have gone out of our way to make sure that St. Mary’s is a safe place to be, through our Safe Church Training programs.
If we have missed any of your questions, or to find out more about when things are happening, feel free to reach out to MiaLisa Millares, our Childrens and Youth Coordinator. You can also visit this page.