Children aren’t just our future – they are people who matter now! And so they deserve interesting and inviting church services, and formation opportunities to help them understand and grow in their faith. We also want to help parents engage their children’s imagination in a life of faith and the love of God. Gospel means Good News, and in order to feel like Good News to kids (of all ages), a life of faith ought to be joyful, interesting, and helpful in their daily lives.
Sundays at St. John’s
There are two main components to Spiritual Formation for kids at St. John’s:
Worship (9:00 Service): Worship is a primary formation experience for kids of all ages. And while kids are welcome at every service at St. John’s, we have made the 9:00 service especially family-friendly. The service is appropriate for children, but not dumbed-down, with shorter sermons and music led by a cantor. Kids serve as readers and acolytes. And we have at least two “theme” Sundays each year – one in the winter (Harry Potter Sunday was February 5th) and one in the summer (This past August we had Super Hero Sunday).
We love kids (we have some of our own!) and while all are welcome in the service, we also have warm, friendly childcare in our beautiful, light-filled atrium.
10:00 Formation (i.e., what we used to call Sunday School): Every Sunday, there is a formation activity at 10:00 for kids (and their families if they want to stay), that will start in Blake Hall.
- The Second Sunday of every month is Service Sunday, where we make sandwiches for Grate Patrol and other projects, like cards for our home-bound parishioners.
- The Third Sunday of every month is LEGO my Bible – This is a fun, inter-generational way for kids (and families) to tell and interpret the Bible stories. When was the last time YOU played with LEGOs?
- The remaining Sundays will use the fun, Bible-based Holy Moly curriculum for ages 3-3rd grade, upstairs in the preschool, but kids will go first to “coffee hour” with their families until the bell rings for them to go upstairs.
If you are interested in volunteering or teaching, please contact Gini, the Rector, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the first and fourth Sundays, we use the SparkHouse Holy Moly curriculum. Kids love hearing the Bible brought to life in this engaging, fun curriculum! Learn more about what we’re doing, or better yet, follow along with us!
And LEGO my Bible was created by Emily Slichter Given, the Director of Children and Family Ministries at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX. She developed the curriculum and published it in a book, Building Faith, Brick by Brick: An Imaginative Way to Explore the Bible with Children. This is a great way to practice Bible Study and Theological Reflection at home. For once, we can give this advice for something so cool and fun – please DO try this at home!
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