St. Michael & All Angels loves children! St. Michael’s Children & Families Ministry wants to welcome your family and we look forward to growing and learning together in the light and love of God. Children are individuals, ready for different experiences at different times. There is no one “right way” to do church with your kids. We understand that getting out the door to go to church as a family is a lot of work – and we believe it’s worth it!
Childcare is available Sunday mornings from 8:50 am – 12:15 pm. The Childcare Room is a bright, cheerful space located on the lower level across from the big mural. Providing a safe, loving environment for the infants, toddlers and young children entrusted to our care is the top priority of the Childcare Ministry Team. St. Michael’s loves knowing each and every child by name and we value the relationships we share as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Who: Infants through five-years-old (approximately)
What: Childcare provided by teams of parish volunteers
Where: Childcare Room on the lower level
When: Sunday mornings from 8:50 am – 12:15 pm
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word meets in front of the big mural on the lower level at the time of the readings and the sermon during the Sunday morning services at 9 and 11 o’clock. An adult leader from the congregation invites the children to join them after the opening prayers and the children return to their families in the church at the exchange of the Peace. Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a time for children to gather to pray, ask questions, learn about the Episcopal traditions and hear the good news of God’s love in language that is developmentally appropriate for young school age children.
Who: School aged children (generally Pre-k through 5th grade)
What: Children’s Liturgy of the Word – Stories of God’s love
Where: In front of the big mural on the lower level
When: During the readings and sermon at the 9 and 11 o’clock services
Growing with Godly Play
Godly Play is a religious-education program that uses storytelling and Montessori-like methods to engage and nurture children in their spiritual development. Godly Play is based on the belief that children already have an experience of the mystery of God, but often lack the language to express their thoughts and understanding. 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 time to process and reflect on the sacred stories and liturgical practices that are presented. Two classrooms for Pre-K through first grade (Godly Play 1) and second through fifth grade (Godly Play 2) are located on the lower level. Godly Play classes meet at 10:10 am. Classes meet most Sundays this academic school year beginning the first week of October 2018 through the first week of June 2019.
Who: Pre-K through Fifth grade students
What: Godly Play (aka Sunday School/religious education program)
Where: Two classrooms located on the lower level
When: Sunday mornings at 10:10 am (during the academic school year)
Music Makers & Family Worship
A specially designed worship service for families with young children is offered at St. Michael’s on the third Saturday of the month during the academic school year. Families with children of all ages (especially babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers!) gather in the Nativity Hall at 4:30 pm for Music Makers, a lively, interactive musical experience for children and parents, followed by Holy Eucharist at 5:00 pm. The liturgy (less than 45 minutes) is created so that families with young children can sing and 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!
Who: Families with young children
What: Music, Movement, Worship & Potluck Dinner
Where: Nativity Hall & Parish Hall
When: Third Saturday of the month 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm