Children - Preschool through Grade 6

Christian Formation

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;
may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

                                                --Psalm 143:10

 

 

At St. Philip's children are full members of the church family and full participants in worship. Young people serve as readers, acolytes, and even Eucharistic ministers (16 and over). Young children can follow along with the music and prayer responses. Additional resources for younger children can be found in the parlor such as books and activity bags. Help yourself or ask an usher. And it's ok if kids make some noise in church as well. 

Sometimes younger kids may need a break during the service. Parents with busy toddlers and preschool age children have the option to participate with the service in the parlor play area. (Please stay with kids to keep them safe.)

After the 10 am service, parents bring their elementary age children to a designated table in the Great Hall. The children sit with their teachers, eat a brief snack, then go downstairs to the education wing.

Preschool through Grade 6

We focus on experiential learning, as the Chinese proverb says:

I hear, I forget.  I see, I remember.  I do, I understand.

Elementary age children meet with the teachers for prayer and activity-based learning, such as art, drama, games, cooking, and or discussions. Each week one or more of the readings/lessons/scriptures from the Sunday service/daily lectionary is the topic for our activities and study. Class convenes until 12 noon when children meet their parents in the Great Hall. Parents, grandparents, or care givers are welcome to observe and participate in our class at any time.

From time to time the teachers plan intergenerational activities for special events like All Saints' Sunday, Advent, Epiphany, Easter, and other occasions.

The Christmas Pageant, held during the family service on Christmas Eve, holds practices that may take the place of some church school classes from late November to Christmas eve during church school time.

Vacation Bible School is normally held for one week in the summer, and provides another opportunity to help children from our congregation and community grow in faith.

 

The Youth Group (Middle and High School) meets in a small group after church with two instructors who explore a variety of topics regarding spiritual development. In addition they take on service projects, go on field trips, have lock-ins, and occasionally go on mission trips. The insturctors also assist the rector in planning and leading confirmation classes as needed.

Choosing a Children's Bible 

An excellent article on how to choose a good Bible for your child can be found here. The Episcopal Church Center has published an annotated list of children's Bibles here