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 two 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!
Ages 3 through 5
Wonder Circle: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 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.
~ create a safe space for children – a place where their ideas, opinions and gifts are deeply respected.
After the story, the storyteller and the children use “wondering questions” to reflect on the story together. The younger children are then invited to the Art Response room while the older children continue a “deeper wondering”. During art response, the child chooses whether to respond to the story with art materials or play. It is amazing to see how children express themselves through art and play and carry God’s stories into their own lives!
All children then gather together for a “feast”.
Worship: 10:30 – 11 a.m. The children then process to the chapel for a worship service. We follow the Rite II service, but in child friendly words and context. Children take on roles as acolytes, readers and intercessor. We join our families in “big church” at the time of the Peace so we can participate with the entire congregation for Holy Communion.
1st – 2nd 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 will even write our own prayers! We then use the prayers as part of our own chapel service each week before we join our families in “big church” at the Peace.
Faith & Friends
3rd – 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 beliefs 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
Advent Wreath Making
St. Nicholas Day
Good Friday Stations of the Cross for Families
Vacation Bible School