At St. Michael & All Angels Church everyone, including children of all ages, is encouraged to participate fully in all aspects of the life of the community: Worship, Education, Service (Outreach & Justice) and Parish Life. The St. Michael’s community is enriched, challenged and renewed by its children, and the opportunity to minister to and with young people and their families.
St. Michael’s strives to honor the best of the Episcopal tradition in worship, to give children an experience of sacred place and belonging, and to nurture a respect for the individual balanced with an ever-growing awareness of our call to be good stewards of the earth concerned with the well-being of our neighbors near and far.
Got Kids? Consider joining the St. Michael’s Parents of Young Children Google Group, helping families of young children connect with each other. More information is available in the Childcare Room in the lower level or from Leslie Sackett, Associate for Children and Family Ministries.
Childcare is provided for infants, toddlers and preschool-age children during the 9:00 and 11:00 am Sunday morning worship services, during the 10:00 am education hour, and for special liturgies and community gatherings throughout the year. Childcare providers are parish members and have been active at St. Michael’s for at least six months before beginning their once-monthly rotation in the Childcare Room.
All childcare providers are expected to attend the SAFE Church Training offered through the diocese to help prevent sexual abuse and to create the safest environment possible for children and their care providers.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
School-age children are invited to participate in their own Liturgy of the Word during the Sunday morning services while the congregation engages in the lectionary readings and the sermon for the day. An adult leader from the community invites the children to the mural space on the lower level where child-appropriate versions of the scripture are read and discussed. Children are encouraged to share their insights, questions and prayers. The group returns to the church to join their families and the gathered community for Holy Eucharist.
Growing with Godly Play
Music and religious education classes for children in Pre-K through the fifth grade occur during the 10 o’clock hour, between the 9:00 and 11:15 am liturgies. Classrooms are located on the lower level around the corner from the Childcare and mural room.
Godly Play is a religious education program designed for children to hear and explore stories from sacred scripture in a classroom specifically fashioned for hands on learning. Godly Play also incorporates stories that help children better understand Episcopal liturgical practices and the seasons of the church year. Central to the Godly Play experience is the telling of a sacred story, followed by an opportunity for the children to ponder “wondering questions” that lead them deeper into the meaning of the story, their relationship with God and with one another. Open ended art response material and the opportunity to work with the story material give children the opportunty to process and reflect on the sacred stories and liturgical practices that are presented. The Godly Play program mirrors the structure of the Episcopal liturgy and the classroom is cared for as sacred space.
Families Gather for Music, Worship, Food, Fellowship and Fun!
A worship service for families with young children is offered at St. Michael’s on the third Saturday of the month. Families with children of all ages (especially babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers!) gather in the Nativity Hall at 4:30 for Music Makers, followed by Holy Eucharist at 5:00 pm. The liturgy (less than 45 minutes) is designed specifically for families to worship together in ways that are not always possible on Sunday mornings. A potluck dinner in the Parish Hall follows the service, giving families and children the chance to meet, connect and get to know one another. Please mark your calendars for worship, food, fellowship and fun, every third Saturday of the month at 4:30 pm!