COORDINATOR: Laura Dolch (email@example.com)
There are three regular programs for children that operate during the school year on Sunday mornings. Children begin worship with their families, leaving for their classes after the Time with Young Christians (around 10:45 AM). We also include a Family Worship Sunday every 6 weeks where children remain in the worship service, allowing intergenerational worship as a community.
INFANTS AND TODDLERS
Infants and toddlers are welcome in the Sunday morning worship service, and in age-specific childcare rooms. Childcare is available from 9:15 AM – 12:00 PM. The childcare room for infants and toddlers is in the back corner of the church on the main floor (down the hallway from the kitchen / Memorial Room, on the left).
FAITH DISCOVERY GROUP
The Faith Discovery Group explores Bible stories in the context of some weekly routines that provide a safe, predictable setting for preschoolers. Each week, the teacher leads the children in song, games, a craft, a Bible story, and supervised free play. Bible stories are presented with hands-on activities that engage the children using a variety of learning styles. This program takes place in the large classroom on the main floor.
Faith Explorers is the exciting Christian Education program that uses a variety of learning paths to reinforce Bible stories for children. They hear storytelling, create art projects in the Carpenter’s Workshop, and put on puppet shows to tell Bible stories. They also visit the Temple, the Mission Well, the Promised Land, and Our Daily Bread Cafe for music, drama, nature, and cooking projects that enable them to experience Bible stories using all of their senses.
Other Opportunities for Children at St. Paul’s:
Children in grades 2-8 are invited to take part in training and then serve as Acolytes for the church. Acolytes meet near the coat room by the Memorial Room each Sunday at 10:20 AM. Acolytes carry the cross, candle lighters, Bible and other worship symbols into into the sanctuary. They also have a special role during Advent and at Christmas. Please contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your child would like to be an Acolyte.
CHILDREN’S MUSIC GROUP
Elementary school-aged children (Kindergarten-6th grade) have fun while learning to sing Christian songs of faith and performing in church approximately once per month. Rehearsals take place on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:15 AM.
Summer Opportunities for Children at St. Paul’s:
Many children from St. Paul’s attend summer camp at Casowasco (near Moravia, NY) or other United Methodist camps in the area. This experience is often a highlight of their summers! Summer camp brochures are available in the church hallway usually beginning in March or you can visit the Casowasco site to find out more.
A group of St. Paulians works extremely hard to raise money during the year in order to provide campership awards. Families at St. Paul’s can apply for these awards, which help offset some of the cost of summer camp.
Children entering Grades 1-6 participate in “Backyard Bible Club.” They gather in the Carpenter’s Shop (downstairs) after the Time with Young Christians in the worship service. They meet for a Bible story, craft or game, and then enjoy supervised play on the playground.
Childcare will be provided for children entering Kindergarten and younger from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Sundays. Children can be dropped off in the classroom in the back corner of the church on the main floor (down the hallway from the kitchen / Memorial Room, on the left).
Have you noticed the child friendly space in the back of the sanctuary? The Prayground is an outward symbol of the value we place in creating a compassionate community to include families with young children who may not otherwise be interested in or able to come to church.
Baptisms are held at various times throughout the year. Members of the congregation can arrange a baptism with our Senior Pastor, Teressa Sivers, by contacting the church office. Click here to read more about the UMC understanding of Baptism.
SAFE SANCTUARY POLICY
St. Paul’s and the United Methodist Church are committed to protecting the children and youth who visit and engage in our building. Click here to read about St. Paul’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.