Christian Formation for Children

 Learning the Stories

At St. Peter’s, our care for children begins early. We have dozens of adult volunteers who have completed Safe Church Training in order to provide the safest, most nurturing environment possible for all the children who attend or participate at St. Peter’s.

For our older children Sunday School, attendance at the Eucharist and fellowship with other church member families are ways in which they are invited to begin their lifelong faith journey.

We provide three classes on Sunday morning for pre-school and elementary aged children. We also offer other opportunities for spiritual growth and development throughout the year such as special worship services and activities.

From June through August we also provide “Children’s Church” during the first part of the 10:30 a.m. service that is staffed by volunteers who lead children (preschool to third grade)  through simple, engaging activities until it is time for them to rejoin their families in church for communion.  We always need loving volunteers to help with this program.  Click here to volunteer to help!

Sunday School

Wonder Circle: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Ages 3 through 5

The children begin together in the classroom for music, prayer and storytelling done “Godly Play style”. Our goals are to:

~  share Bible stories and encourage the children to enter into the stories and relate them to their personal experiences

~  teach children the art of using religious language and to help them become more fully aware of God’s presence in their lives while focusing on the spiritual development of each child as an individual.wonder-worship-advent

~  create a safe space for children – a place where their ideas, opinions and gifts are deeply respected.

Join our CIRCLE for music, prayer and storytelling done “Godly Play style”! After the story, we WONDER together, allowing us to go deeper and use our imaginations to experience more! The children are invited to respond to the story though art materials or play. We then return to the CIRCLE to experience “the Light” as we hear the words from the Bible. The children then prepare, bless and enjoy a “feast” together.

We join our families in “big church” at the time of the Peace so we can participate in Holy Communion with our church family.

 

 

 

 

Discovery Disciples:  9:30 – 11 a.m.
1st – 3rd Grade

In this class, we continue the Godly Play format, but DISCOVER more as we go deep into the New Testament Stories and walk alongside Jesus and his DISCIPLES. The children continue their DISCOVERY through choosing to work with art, journaling or interacting with the story.
We learn about our worship service and even write our own prayers! We then use this as part of our own chapel service each week before we join our families in “big church” at the Peace.

Faith & Friends:  9:30 – 10:20 a.m.
4th – 5th Grade

This class is from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., allowing the children to join their families for the entire 10:30 a.m. service, where they can also volunteer to serve as Torchbearers during the service.

This class focuses on img_0700beliefs and behaviors as we:
~  delve more deeply into the Bible and Prayer Book; learning how to use them and what key lessons, prayers, and creeds mean in modern words.
~ meet the writers of the four Gospels and Paul

The lessons in this class build upon earlier classes to provide a solid foundation made up of Christian, Biblical, and Episcopal Church teachings and traditions.

Special Events

Advent Wreath Making

St. Nicholas Day

Good Friday Stations of the Cross for Families

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School 2019
August 2 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. & August 3 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

We will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Stockstill Hall for a pizza dinner then explore some of the parables of Jesus.  Join us for Bible stories, songs, crafts and games!  Please contact the church office or Jan Rhodes to let us know your child/children will be attending  or for more information on how you can help out with the event.