Children are an important part of the St. Paul's family and we offer a variety of ways to get them involved, to educate and to make church a fun and spiritual experience for them. We have Sunday Christian Formation classes, Children's Chapel, and a child friendly Wednesday Night service. Other events throughout the year include St. Nicholas night, the Christmas Pageant, Children's Stations of the Cross, VBS, Choir Camp and Summer Camp at Camp Mitchell.
VBS: Community Organizing
Children learn by example, and are empowered to change the world when they see others doing it. At this community organizing VBS, Scripture will inspire us to collective action that benefits others, and guest leaders in our community (young adults and children) will tell us stories of how they organized for change, and lead us in special projects. Guest organizations include: Little Free Pantry, LUCHA, Students for Refugees, and neighborhood youth who organize for social change. Join us for a week of community organizing, plus all the music, snacks, and games traditional for summer Vacation Bible School, June 12-16, 2017.
Registration is open now for children entering preschool (age 3) through 4th grade. Children entering 5th or 6th grade can also participate, as VBS assistants, at the same cost. Cost is $20 per camper or $35 per family. T-shirts included with registration. All sessions will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
For children from age 3 through 9
Children's Chapel is a separate service offered during the 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday services. Chapel is designed for those too old for nursery care, but too young to fully appreciate the full service in the Nave; ages 3-9. Children follow the verger out of the church at the beginning of the worship service. Our Children’s Chapel service, reflects the service in the Nave. Children gather to hear the Gospel, sing, say the Creed and share Prayers of the People. They are escorted back to their parents during the announcements, as to share the eucharist with their families.
Children's Christian Formation
Sunday School for Children from age 3 through Sixth Grade
Christian Formation/Sunday School takes place during the 10:00 Education Hour in the upstairs wing. Children from age 3 through 6th grades enjoy learning Christian practices and snack with a dedicated team of teachers and volunteers. All of our classrooms are located upstairs from the welcome center.
- Green Atrium, Preschool (ages 3-4)
- Yellow Atrium, Kindergarten
- Purple Atrium, Grades 1-2
- Peach Atrium, Grades 3-4
- Middle School Atrium, Grades 5-6
Christian Formation uses a mix of Godly Play, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and Living the Good Word. We serve between 40 and 90 children in Sunday school, and we have 14 regular teachers, several substitutes and numerous adults who help with the snack preparation. These people are a blessing to our children and are committed to this ministry despite demanding work and family schedules. In the summer, we have two classes, one for preschool-2nd grade, and another class for those in 3rd-6th grades.
There are many volunteer opportunities in our Children's Ministries. We always need class room teachers, chapel leaders, snack helpers, help with special events and substitutes. Please email Children's Ministry Director Laura Wilkins if you are interested.
Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter:
The Youth Ministries Program is a community of youth and adults who come together to discover God’s love and grace, to explore where God is calling each of us to be in the world, and learn how to live in a secular world in a spiritual way.
The Youth Ministries Program consists of: Sunday School, Confirmation Class, EYC, Wednesday Faith Stories, Gender Groups, Diocesan Events, St. Dominic’s Choir, and worship leadership through Acolytes and Junior Ushers
Sign up for EYC Text Group
Send the text message @aterre to the number 81010. You should then receive some prompts about how to set up the alerts. This is the primary way we'll communicate with the kids before events.