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Christian formation for children at All Saints’ is both informational and experiential. Our task is to develop a sense of the ongoing nature of Christian formation and to provide parents with tools to encourage such formation at home. In addition to Sunday School classes, all children are actively involved in aspects of the 10:15AM service during Advent, Lent, and on most major feast days. Throughout the year, special family-oriented activities take place after church. Parents are encouraged to participate in their children’s formation both at All Saints’ and at home through specific purposeful activities and forums. The Sunday School program as a whole is coordinated by the Directors of Christian Education.
Sunday School takes place in “The Haven”. This welcoming space, directly below the sanctuary, is decorated in rich, warm colors and the large central area has couches for relaxation and socialization. The various classrooms surround this central space so that each age group has a space of its own. Sunday School is small enough so that there is a natural sense of community and large enough to offer diversity.
Children ages four through the third grade gather together in the Sacred Stories classroom. The class includes passing of the heart, oral storytelling by experienced teachers using Godly Play curriculum, art response, and lighting of the Christ candle.
Children in the fourth grade through eighth grades follow the Episcopal Church curriculum as they learn about the prophets, Jesus and his parable, the Eucharist, and the basic tenants of our faith.
For younger children, childcare is available in “The Haven” throughout the 9:00AM adult forums and the 10:15AM service. Nursery care is always available for infants and toddlers.
During the school year, the Youth Group meets regularly every other Sunday evening and at other specially scheduled times for fellowship, outreach, lock-ins and service projects. Summers typically see the youth group involved in outreach or mission trips. Since 2009, the youth have traveled to Wenham, Massachusetts for Passport Camps, where they take part in various mission projects around the area. Previous trips have taken the youth to Mexico to build a house for a family and down to Florida for a Faith in 3D conference.
Outside of Youth Group activities, the youth of All Saints’ also frequently serve as acolytes, which participate regularly in Sunday morning and feast-day worship services.
To stay up to date on upcoming Youth events, join the All Saints’ Youth Group facebook page HERE. Friends and newcomers are always welcome at our youth events. We’d love to see you soon!
One key aspect of our Christian Education program is our Confirmation Class. This is a weekly class, offered each year, for all, young and old alike, to explore the different dimensions of the Christian Faith in the Episcopal/Anglican tradition. Led by one member of the clergy or staff, the class offers an overview of theology, Bible, and liturgical and worship practices in the church. The class’s curriculum is very accessible, and mentors are assigned to each confirmand for nurture and growth in their respective faith journeys.
While the “typical” age for Confirmation for membership is around 7th grade, all those who are interested in joining All Saints’ are encouraged to attend and get in touch with the rector (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Christian Education Director (email@example.com). Above all, we will be excited to have you join us and thrilled that you are considering All Saints’ to be your church home.