Children

Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”  -Mark 9:36-37

Children's Altar

Sunday School and our Kids First Service are on hiatus for the summer.  We will pick up again in September!

 

Sunday School

Sunday school for all ages is held before the service every first and third Sunday of the month at 9:00am. Our multi-age Sunday School curriculum is designed to help all children actively participate while learning about God and scriptures. Each class has a craft to reinforce the lesson and keep children engaged.

 

“Kids First” Service

the first Sunday of every month at 9:30am

This service is specifically geared towards families with young children. Kid-friendly props and prayers help kids stay engaged while worshipping.  They also learn age appropriate hymns, as well as sign language to go along with the words.  This shorter service helps children to learn more about church and about God while having opportunities to help play an active part in worship.
 

Nursery

We’re glad to have children be a part of the service and appreciate any joyful (or not-so-joyful) noise that they’d like to contribute!  However, there is a nursery area equipped with a bathroom and changing table if parents or guardians need to step out of the service with their child.  The nursery is hooked into the sound system so you’ll still be able to hear what is going on in the sanctuary while you attend to your little one.
 

FAQ

Children are important members of our church community in their own right. And we always strive to listen and learn what our members need in order to nurture their faith and grow into closer relationship with God. If your child has any particular needs or interests, please let us know!  Contact us at info@saintthomasepiscopal.org.

Can my child take communion?

In the Episcopal Church, anyone who was baptized with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit may take Holy Communion.  That includes children of any age who have the ability to receive. Children who are not baptized or whose parents would prefer they didn’t take communion may come up to the altar to receive a blessing.

What happens if my child cries/is rambunctious during the service?

Children often make a joyful noise unto the Lord in ways that adults may not.  They are always welcome in worship however they choose to participate!  We also have a nursery which is filled with fun toys and has speakers connected to the microphones in the sanctuary, so you’ll hear everything going on in the service.  Whatever is most comfortable for you and your little one, we’re here to support you!

My child would like to be more involved in the service.  Who should I talk to?

We love having children play a part in the service!  Please speak to the Rev. Megan Dembi.