Defining personal spirituality is a lifelong process that starts at Baptism. During each Baptism, the entire assembled community promises to: “do all in [our] power to support these persons in their life in Christ.” Part of the support we promise is Christian formation.
We are not born knowing all that we can learn. Learning and growth continue throughout our lives. The St. Bart’s Children’s Education aims to nurture and encourage spiritual development, community and fellowship.
Children’s Education introduces our youngest members to Bible stories and Christian theology. We also cover how what we do in church on Sunday changes the way we act the other six days of the week.
For many people, the highlight of the Christmas season is the St. Bart’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant and Eucharist, held in 2017 at 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve. The pageant highlights the joy and creativity of about 40 children. Traditional and contemporary songs are rehearsed in Sunday School throughout Advent and a dress rehearsal is held to put the whole production together.
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Children’s Education & Formation
Church school classes for children in preschool through sixth grade meet from September through June from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Our preschool and kindergarten children explore the Bible through the Godly Play curriculum. Each week a different Bible story is told that engages sight, sound and touch through the storytelling aids. When the Israelites flee Egypt the children see the figures of Moses and the Israelites “walk” across the desert box and hear the heavy chain hit the sand as the storyteller describes their captivity. After the story is over, the children are encouraged to interact with the various “story boxes” on their own.
Our first through sixth grade class use a lectionary based curriculum written by our Sunday School Director. The lessons each week follow the lectionary and classes include scripture, prayer, games and other activities. Each class has an altar which is used during prayer time with frontal colors that the children change to coincide with the changing of the altar hangings upstairs. This class selects a saint’s name at the start of the year. This saint becomes the patron saint of the classroom and a banner is made for All Saints.
Youth grades 7 through 12 are engaged as teachers for the preschool and elementary classrooms.
In addition to the formal classes we have events including an Easter egg hunt; a visit from St. Nicholas; and celebrations to kick off and finish the Sunday School year.
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Family Ministry Group
The Family Ministry Group is a parent advisory board helps to create and evaluate the educational program of St. Bart’s children ages 3-12 as well as planning fellowship activities for families throughout the year. The group continually develops innovative ideas that excite, increase, and maintain a thriving children’s education program at St. Bart’s.
Parents’ Night Out – May 12 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
As always, you are welcome to drop your kids in fifth grade and under off for a few hours while we entertain them with games, crafts, and dinner. Older children are welcome to come and help entertain the younger ones. Questions? Please talk to Cara Miller.
If you enjoy working with children, volunteers are always welcome. Whether you’d like to lead a craft, help cook the meal, or simply run around with the munchkins, please contact Cara Miller and volunteer.
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On Sunday mornings Nursery care is available from 8:45–11:15 a.m. This childcare is intended for children up to the age of five. Older children are asked to attend church with their parents.
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Vacation Bible School!
We are happy to announce that Vacation Bible School 2018 will run July 16 – 19, 2018. Our theme is “Finding Jesus,” with ties to the “Finding Nemo” movies. We hope to see you there!
Previous year’s themes have included:
- • 2017 – May the Lord be with You: A Space Odyssey. Our Star Wars themed VBS focused on the balance between light and dark within each one of us, and the support of Jesus Christ, our light and redeemer.
• 2016 – The Journey Home: Following God’s Yellow Brick Road. Join Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy… and Toto too as they search for answers and find their inner strengths along the Yellow Brick Road.
• 2015 – Queen Emma’s Hawaii: the Ohana (Family) of God. Join us for a Hawaiian journey to build a church with the Hawaiian king and queen.
• 2014 – Wizards and Wonders: A Hero’s Journey with God. Spend the week with Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts as we embark on a journey with God.
• 2013 – The Parable of the Lorax. Join us and learn how to care for and love God’s creation.