Children

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.

Children’s Education is available for pre-school through grade 6.

At St. Barts, we strive to provide a welcoming, nurturing environment for families with young children through regular religious education. We offer comprehensive weekly classes for preschool through 6th grade. Our programs cover basic Christian concepts and Bible literacy in a nurturing setting to help children grow their faith formation.

Our focus is on both the liturgical traditional Episcopal church calendar and the young individual’s journey to a better understanding of the true mystery of our faith. We emphasize that many aspects of Christianity are difficult to understand at any age and that God loves us all despite the frailty of our humanity. We try to instill a sense of wonder and exploration that can lead to a fulfilling personal relationship with God. We stress community and communion as members of the Body of Christ.

We meet for about 35 weeks from September through May, with one-week breaks at Christmas and spring.

The 2021- 2022 School Year
Due to space restrictions and Covid safety protocols, we currently offer one class for all ages. We meet at 9:30 AM in our large parish hall, where there is ample space to spread out. We ask that parents or a responsible adult remain with the students during class time and that households respect reasonable physical distancing expectations of other households present. For everyone’s safety, masks and registration are required for participation.

The class format has changed and will continue to change as Covid restrictions are eased or tightened. We remain flexible and respect the input of families regarding their comfort levels in gathering.

The Current Weekly Format – We begin with a group gathering which includes a candle lighting and opening song, a reading, a discussion about the reading, and intercessory prayers. Children are encouraged to participate throughout.

We then proceed to an all-ages lesson. We use the Godly Play curriculum to teach parables and the church seasons. After the lesson, we move to activities that aim to strengthen the day's message or the church season. We try to meet each child at his or her level. Enrichment activities are set out for different ages and are meant to reinforce concepts that are simple yet profound.

Other Opportunities to Participate
In addition to our regular classes, we hold two pageants per year- one at Christmas and one the week after Easter. Children reenact Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection for all the parish to enjoy. These serve as learning tools for all the participants; middle and high schoolers are also welcome to be a part of our pageants.

Volunteer teachers are always needed and welcomed! The diocesan Safe Church training is simple and free and offers a certificate that enables the holder to volunteer in other church roles. We will work around your schedule so that no one person is overwhelmed with more responsibilities than they choose.

Questions / Resources
Program questions or comments are always welcome. Please contact the program director Cara Miller at Sundayschool@stbartsbeaverton.org or call the office Sunday through Thursday for more information.

We look forward to welcoming your child to St. Bart’s programs!

Little children are always welcome at St. Bart's! The nursery is now open on Sundays from 10:30am- 12pm, for children accompanied by their parents.
We do not have child care attendants at this time, so we ask that parents try their best to leave the nursery the way they found it, and to please not leave children unattended.
If you have questions or need to report a problem, please contact the office or email cara@stbartsbeaverton.org

2022- Join us mornings July 18th- 21st for "Luau with the Ohana (Family) of God".
Registration forms are available at the parish information center or email sundayschool@stbartsbeaverton.org for more information.
Children from potty-trained preschool through 5th grade are welcome as students.
6th graders through adults are welcome as volunteers.
Sign up today!

Previous year's themes have included:
2020 (online) Our theme was “Instruments of Peace."
Children were able to engage in a variety of online activities including singing and dancing with homemade instruments. They also got to hear and interact with various Bible stories.

2019 - God's Creation was our theme and we celebrated with a week of activities revolving around everything under the sun - and beyond!

2018 - Finding Jesus: An Undersea Adventure
This Finding Nemo inspired VBS focused on creation and caring for one another. The children collected many cans of tuna to help our Food Pantry.

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.

For many people, the highlight of the Christmas season is the St. Bart's annual Christmas Eve Pageant and Eucharist, held at 10 a.m. the Sunday before Christmas. 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.