Welcome, children and families! St. George’s is committed to warmly engaging our friends of all ages with the love and hope of Christ.
Infants and toddlers (with their caregivers) are welcome in our church nursery at any time. It is located in the second floor of our Great Hall, immediately adjacent to the church parking lot. We host several community groups within our children’s ministry wing during the week, including a homeschooling co-op, and an early childhood music program. All are welcome, and encouraged to make themselves at home in the child-friendly space.
In non-pandemic times, we offer childcare in the church nursery during the mass on an as-needed basis. Because of Covid restrictions, the nursery is currently only available to parents to use themselves, and is not staffed by church volunteers. There is no formal Christian education for infants and toddlers, but the space is warm and inviting, and stocked with plenty of toys, diapers, and other needed supplies.
Our priest delights to baptize infants and children and to offer training in the Christian faith to new believers of all ages. If you are interested in having your child baptized (or being baptized yourself), please reach out to him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Generally baptisms occur during a Sunday morning service, and occur after some preparation with the parents and child(ren) together.
Normally, we offer Sunday school during our 10am mass for children ages 3-8. The Sunday school class follows the Revised Common Lectionary, which is the schedule of Bible readings used in the regular church service. Lessons generally include a simple Bible lesson (often using the Jesus Storybook Bible) and a simple craft. Our children’s ministry is not currently meeting in accordance with diocesan guidelines for health and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our families with children have continued to gather informally for outdoor, socially distanced play dates when Covid guidelines have permitted us to do so. We have also had occasional Zoom bible studies and virtual parties.
Older children and teens are encouraged to participate directly in the life of the church by serving as acolytes, boat boys/girls, and choir members. Teenagers are also encouraged to attend the weekly Bible study that is offered before each Sunday morning service. Children and youth also participate in special events during Sunday services, such as the St. George’s Day procession through the Stockade, or the blessing of the gardens on Rogation Day. A highlight is our Christmas Pageant at the 4 pm Family Mass on Christmas Eve.
We also periodically host outreach events to welcome children from the surrounding area into our church community. St. George’s has hosted small events such as a New Year’s Eve Party noon time countdown for children and families, a Valentine’s Tea, a St. Patrick’s Day Party, a Mother’s Day party, a Welcome Fall Party, a Thanksgiving Party, and a Christmas party. We host an annual Easter Egg Hunt that has been a blessing to over 100 children and their families, and have offered summer Vacation Bible School and Summer Choir Camp to interested families within our church and the surrounding community.
St. George’s Episcopal Church seeks to be a church family where all are loved and welcomed, from the youngest to the oldest. Please contact our children’s ministry coordinator, April Stromberg at email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to learn more.