IMG_0492Learn at St. Mary’s: Children ages infant through 6th grade

At St. Mary’s we offer Christian formation for children from preschool age through middle school. Children’s Sunday School classes take place on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. through approximately 10:40 a.m., when the children join their families in Church at the “Exchange of the Peace. We celebrate a special Joy Mass for children in the Parish Hall on the fourth Sunday of every month beginning at 9:30 a.m.. Following Joy Mass the children report to Sunday School and parents are invited to join us for coffee, conversation and forums for families.

Nursery

Newborn through age 3

Nursery Care is available in a cozy, sun-filled room full of age-appropriate toys, books and art supplies. Please know children are always welcome in the church! However, Nursery is a wonderful option for little ones who are more content to play on Sunday mornings. All people, regardless of age, are welcome to receive Holy Eucharist. Many families using the Nursery bring their little ones up to Church in time to receive the bread and wine on Sunday mornings. All families are encouraged to pick up their children immediately after the service in order to participate in fellowship during coffee hour.

Godly Play

* Age 3 – Grade 1

* Grades 2 & 3

Godly Play is a reflective and imaginative way of working with children which explicitly recognizes and respects children’s innate spirituality. Godly Play uses lyrical storytelling accompanied by beautifully hand-crafted wooden figures to bring the sacred stories of the Bible to life. The children are invited to gather on the floor in an intimate circle around the storyteller to hear and see the story each week. When the storyteller has finished, the children are asked “wondering questions” designed to help them reflect on the story and make their own meaning. Godly Play helps children become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives by, encouraging curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God. Children are then given free time to create artistically in any manner they feel inspired.

Feasting on the Word

* 4th – 6th Graders

Our preteen group graduates from Godly Play to a curriculum designed specifically for them called Feasting on the Word. Our goal is to meet these kids where they are spiritually. The resources are developed specifically for preteens and use a combination of Scripture study and lots of physical activities. Our primary focus with this group is to help them recognize the gifts God has given them, celebrate their own creative potential and learn how to act as a community of faith.