Sunday Morning Programs for Children & Youth
Visitors and newcomers are always welcome!
Our littlest members, infants and children to age 3, are cared for each Sunday in our nursery by paid high school and college students. Caregivers encourage cooperative play and sharing, and read Bible stories and books about Jesus to the children. Nursery care is available on Sunday mornings, 9:15-11:15 a.m. and, with advance notice, for many of our special events.
Our safety policies include the following:
- Nursery caregivers are carefully screened and are required to attend training in recognizing and preventing child abuse.
- Nursery caregivers work in teams so that there are two caregivers present with the children.
- Children in the nursery are signed in and out each week by parents or other authorized adults.
- Classroom doors are made of glass for easy viewing. There is also a viewing window in the rotunda.
Parents can help us keep our children safe by:
- Registering their children promptly, including providing accurate contact information and information about their children's special needs or other concerns.
- Remaining on the St. John's campus while their children are in the nursery.
- Letting nursery caregivers know where to find them in an emergency.
- Keeping their cell phones with them (on vibrate) during church services or other events.
- Picking up their children immediately after church or other events.
- Making sure that no nuts or nut products are brought into the nursery.
- Keeping their children at home when they're sick.
Teenagers (6th grade-12th grade) are invited to join Mother Amy and other kids their age in the Eagles' Nest on the east side of the balcony during the 9:30 a.m. service. These kids attend church together through the sermon, then adjourn to the chapel (and sometimes to Starbucks!) where they discuss the day's readings and the sermon, and try to answer the question, "What does this mean for me in my life?" At 10:45 a.m., they are joined by the Catechesis and Joyful Journey children, and they all share a Eucharist together.
Teens are also invited to come to the youth café in the basement after church (and at other times) for coffee, goodies, and fellowship.
After our Sunday morning classes, children attend a chapel service with Mother Amy and the middle and high school students. This short service of Holy Eucharist features simple music with guitar accompaniment. Children set the table and are encouraged to stand around the altar and help to consecrate the elements. The service concludes about the same time the 9:30 a.m. church service.
Summer Sunday School
During the summer months, we take a break from our traditional Sunday school offerings and have a class for children age 5-9 in the courtyard in front of the church. We listen to stories, sing songs, chat, and do simple crafts. It's a time for children and adults to just enjoy being together.