Formation: Young Children
At St. Mary’s, we aim to provide programs enabling children to learn about Christ and His teachings, while forming a strong foundation in the Christian faith. Sunday mornings offer a variety of opportunities that will appeal to members and visitors of all ages.
We take scripture seriously, and we like to have fun learning the scriptures. Each week you will find copies of The Sunday Paper and The Sunday Paper Junior available for our youngest members. These resources take our lectionary readings and put them into cartoon format. They always honor the scripture and never trivialize the message. The Paper Junior offers a note to parents on the scripture lessons. Look for them as you enter our worship spaces.
Our 9 AM The Lord’s Living Room Holy Eucharist Service is relaxed and allows families the opportunity to worship in a casual environment. Music is led by our worship band, with the entire service and music projected. There is a large rug rolled out in front of the altar and chairs set up around it. Children are welcome to play in front of the altar during the Liturgy of the Word, and a Children’s Message is offered directly to them. After the sermon, children sit with their parents for the Great Thanksgiving.
Children’s Chapel is held on Sunday during the 11 am Holy Eucharist service. Children leave from the service right before the lectionary readings and return around the Peace. Nursery care is offered from 10 am to noon on Sundays.
The Play Place, which is located in the Education Building, is open to children from birth through age four from 10 am to noon. We take the responsibility of keeping all of God’s children safe seriously. To safeguard, we screen and background check our Play Place workers and require them to complete Safe Church, Safe Communities Training. While your children are in the Play Place, you can expect them to be engaged in creative play, hear stories, and enjoy a snack. We open The Play Place during other special services, and at others times for the convenience of families.
As part of the life of the church and the daily work of the people, giving back to the community is important. Club 345 offers our older elementary kids an opportunity to spread the love of Christ beyond the walls at St. Mary’s. Club 345 meets once a month with a focus on service and outreach to the community. Come join us, we meet on the first Sunday of the month from 2:30 to 4 pm.
Family Events: Throughout the year, a number of special events are held for children and families, such as Ice Cream Socials, Vacation Bible School, the Annual Christmas Pageant, and more.
VBS 2023: June 19-22
5:30 pm dinner
6-8 pm activities
Our theme is Peace Camp: Tell Me the Truth About Racism.
Please join us as we learn about our belovedness and the belovedness of each and every child of God. Tell Me the Truth About Racism is a story that frames racism thorugh the lens of the Christian faith. We will hear all six stories, have fun with games and hands-on experiments, make art and music togther, and give thanks to God for God’s creative diversity. Register here.
We need adult and teen volunteers to assist and plan. Please let Amy know if you are interested.