Children and Families
While we are no longer meeting, we are still connecting virtually.
Sunday School during Church Away is offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Zoom.
We usually have a Bible Story, music with Karen Harris (our Assistant Director of Music), and an opportunity for connecting with each other. We’d love to see your family!
For details regarding how to join the Zoom meeting, please email Linda Willis, and she will send you the link.
You can also receive more updates in our weekly Children and Family newsletter HERE.
Resources during Church Away
- Illustrated Ministry is providing free resources as we seek to “flatten the curve”
- Faith @ Home: Lectionary-based readings and reflections for nurturing your child’s faith at home
- Child Mind Institute: Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis
- Introduction to Godly Play // Other Godly Play lessons available on YouTube
- Candle Walk by Karin Holsinger Sherman – An illustrated picture book that prepares children for sleep from Church Publishing Incorporated.
- Supporting your children’s academic learning: Khan Academy and Scholastic.
Visit our Church Away page for even more ways to connect with St. Paul’s at a Holy Distance.
Sunday School programming is determined by age group:
3-year-olds – 2nd grade – “Godly Play”
Godly Play offers children with a unique experience of hands-on engagement with scripture, liturgy, and practices of the church. The intent is to do more than educate our children’s minds; it is to form our children’s hearts. Our hope is to deepen their relationship with the Holy, that each of them may know wonder and experience the deep love of God in Christ.
We have a fully-staffed nursery for babies and toddlers just down the hall from the main elevator in the Parish House. There, our littlest ones are tended by two trained child-care providers (Michele Tisdol and Maggy Barnes)in a cheerful and well-equipped facility. The nursery schedule follows our worship schedule and is open Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., from September through the middle of May. During the summer, (the middle of May through Labor Day), it is available 9:45 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
We have colorful worship bags as you enter the church that contain paper and crayons and activity sheets for older children. There is space at the front of the church available for families with little ones who might want to draw, build with blocks, or look at books during the worship service.
We invite all children to participate in the Gospel Procession. Following the Procession, children who are three years old through 1st grade are invited to Children’s Worship and to return to the Sanctuary during the Passing of the Peace.
We are also looking for Children’s Worship guides following the Gospel Procession during the 10 a.m. service. If this is something you are interested in helping out with, please contact Linda Willis.
Other Activities for Children and Families
Our children are involved in a variety of activities and ministries throughout the year. These are just a few:
- Family Group discussion and fellowship on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.
- Collecting school supplies for Woodville Elementary School
- Giving Tree at Christmas time for donations to Woodville Elementary School
- Christmas Eve Pageant – a St. Paul’s tradition (All are invited to participate in this “no rehearsal” pageant)
- Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol
- Peace Camp – a cooperative ministry camp with local churches (First Mennonite and Lakeside United Methodist) to help children answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?”
For more information about Children and Families’ opportunities and activities, as well as to see what we’ve been up to this winter so far, check out our recent newsletters below. If you’d like to receive updates, please contact Linda Willis, Director of Children & Family Ministries.
To enroll your child in Sunday School or in our nursery, please fill out the following information: