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Today's Events
Children - Preschool through Grade 6

Christian Formation

 

Children attend worship in the sanctuary with their parents at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday mornings. After receiving Communion, the children immediately leave the sanctuary and gather downstairs in the Education Wing. Sunday School runs from September through May. To register your child for Sunday School, click here.

Preschool through Grade 6

We believe in the Chinese proverb:

I hear, I forget. 

I see, I remember.

I do, I understand.

Preschool and elementary age children meet first with the Sunday School director in the Education Wing for a quick snack and prayer time. The students then break up by age groups and rotate through a different hands-on workshop each week (art, storytelling, cooking/science and games). They spend three to four weeks studying a major Bible story. 

Over a five-year period, children hear 24 different Bible stories. A unique aspect of Christmas and Easter is taught every year. We emphasize "quality over quantity" so that children come away with the "big picture" of God's relationship with his people.

The Bible stories to be covered this year are:

  • Joseph becomes a slave, interprets dreams, forgives his brothers, saves his people
  • Christmas: Birth of Jesus through Mary's eyes
  • Jesus Teaches the Beatitudes
  • Good Samaritan
  • Easter: Arrest and Betrayal of Jesus
  • Simon Peter: Disciple, Doubter, Saint

Middle school/junior high students meet in a small group with two instructors who explore a single theme or concept over a two to five-week period with the goal of addressing the characteristics of spiritual development. The instructors use clips from contemporary movies and Christian songs spark discussion.

Confirmation 

While the rector offers an adult confirmation course each spring, high school students may choose to participate in a new confirmation program created by the Episcopal Church called Confirm Not Conform. Rather than imparting information from the outside, Confirm not Conform explores the beliefs and questions that come from the students themselves. The program takes the idealism and skepticism that co-exist in young people and uses that energy to help youth become engaged with their faith and their community.

In addition to 16 class sessions, Confirm not Conform students go on field trips, work with mentors, participate in liturgies, and design and implement a service project as a team. This course is offered annually as needed. Please contact Fr. Eric if you're interested.

Participation in worship

In addition to education, children play a lively role in the worship life of St. Philip's. Several serve as lesson readers, acolytes, liturgical dancers and ushers. Frequently, the entire school leads the congregation in song at our Fountain of Youth services.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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