Children and Youth

childrens photoAll Saints’ is a congregation in which all ages and generations are valued and valuable partners in every facet of our life—worship, learning, service, friendship and celebration.    Most of our life is intergenerational, as we worship, learn, serve, celebrate, welcome, and grow in faith together.

Worship: 
Children and youth are welcome and encouraged to be full partners in worship as each desires and is able.   Activity bags stocked with crayons, coloring paper, stories, soft toys, and puzzles are available for the very youngest to use. Everyone comes to the Communion rail together.   From the 3rd grade on, youth are encouraged to take leadership roles as acolytes, readers, leaders (and sometimes writers) of prayers, singers, musicians, ushers and greeters, actors in seasonal dramas and festive processions.
 
Infants & Preschool:  
A bright, well-outfitted nursery and preschool room is open and staffed by trained, loving caregivers from 9am through the end of the 10am worship service every Sunday.  
 
Children ages 4/5 through 5th grade:
Our Sunday morning children’s program is a multi-age Godly Play classroom. Godly Play is an approach to religious education that goes beyond the traditional, moral-informational approach to truly nurture the spiritual nature of the child. The goal of Godly Play is to teach children the art of using religious language to enable them to know God first-hand rather than just knowing about God (second-hand knowledge). In Godly Play, our children hear, wonder about and learn biblical stories, sacraments, parables, silence, and community. In Godly Play, children are encouraged and supported in their individual spiritual journeys so that they can truly own their faith.   Each child is able to engage the day’s story in a developmentally appropriate way, to wonder and to respond in corresponding ways—through art, journaling, music, drama, research, becoming a storyteller for others.
 
Children's Ministry, which currently comprises the Small Saints childcare room and Godly Play Sunday School.  Small Saints, located at the back of the courtyard, is open every Sunday throughout the year and supervised by our childcare provider Nikki Eisen and parish volunteers.  Sunday School begins at 10 am from September through May upstairs in Room 21 in the Education Building.  The curriculum focuses on the Godly Play program, ideal for ages 3 and older.  Dennis Manalo, Barbara Sawka, and Marianne Witscher teach on a rotating basis assisted by parish volunteers.  We have a small but enthusiastic group of children so far this year and especially welcome new families to check out both Small Saints and Sunday School.  Look for more information on the Godly Play curriculum on a kiosk board soon and feel free to ask any of the teachers for more information and a tour of Small Saints and the Sunday School room. 
 
Youth from 10-17:
The Youth Group ministry at All Saints is in its first year. We came together in response to a need expressed by members of our parish for youth fellowship and discussion for kids between the ages of 10 and 17, and are now beginning to explore how we can help meet that need.  Thus far we've had a few quite successful meetings, baking a tasty lunch together, watching a thought-provoking movie, and more, and we look forward to planning a year-long program of events that will be both entertaining and enriching.  To that end, we would love to hear any feedback you might have--and, of course, should any of you wish to help out, we would gladly welcome you!  Our event lineup is still being planned, but thus far, planned events include a group effort to prepare dinner for Hotel de Zink and another movie discussion. We are also planning a youth worship pilot program beginning in January.  Again, your thoughts and participation would be most welcome; please feel free to contact Vicky Greenbaum, Rozi Lopez, or Sarah Wootton.
 
 

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Group Description More
Acolytes Youth from grades 3 to 12 are invited and encouraged to serve as acolytes during the 10am Sunday Eucharist, and for special services Contact: Susan Bailey More
Musical Saints Once or twice a month (check Grace Notes for the schedule), children  of all ages are invited to join Diana Romley and Music Director Rodney  Gehrke in the choir room from 11:15 until 11:50, during the Adult  Forum, for "Musical Saints." Activities include singing, poetry, and  musical games. Join us! More