​Children’s Ministry:

Growing disciples of Jesus Christ among children from infant to 5th grade, and their families.

At St. Peter and St. Paul we want you to know that your children will be in a safe place where they will be welcome as they learn about God’s love and having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our Sunday School operates throughout the school year with the following classes from 9:15 – 10:15 AM led by dedicated and caring teachers.

• 3-4 year olds
• Kindergarten – 1st Grade
• 2nd & 3rd Graders
• 4th & 5th Graders


We are also involved in numerous programs designed to engage and encourage children in their growth as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Programs include:
Communion Classes
Blessing of the Animals
Advent activities
A dramatic interpretation of The Gospel at the Family Service on Christmas Eve
Epiphany parade
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Parish programs in Lent
Vacation Bible School,
Movie and food truck nights
and other parish-wide events.


Children’s Ministry also supports Worship Ministries, including Acolytes and Children’s Choir.

If you would like to learn more about the Children’s ministry contact Camie Schade at cschade@peterandpaul.org. Camie is the Director of Children’s Ministry and would love the opportunity to meet with you and get to know you better. Camie is around most Sunday mornings for a quick chat or would love to meet you for coffee/lunch if you would like more time.

Our Nursery supports several perish activities, especially Sunday School and the 10:30 service. For more details and availability, please check the church calendar by Clicking Here.

What is our Mission and Vision for Children’s Ministry?

Mission

To help children grow in their faith; becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.

Vision

What discipleship means for Children’s Ministry at St Peter and St Paul:

-An experience of the unconditional love of God
-A love of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
-A joyful experience of the Holy Spirit through Christian Community
-Knowing God by learning the basics of prayer, the Bible and Christian belief
-Learning the basics of Christian Worship and the traditions of our church
-Learning the basics of Christian relationships, including love of God in Christ, love of our neighbor as Christ loves us, kindness, repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation, and generosity.
-Finding a place as full members of the church with teens and adults, active in other ministries, including children’s choir and acolytes
-Helping to serve Christ in the world, in relationship to those in need
-Prepared to grow and develop toward confirmation and youth ministry

Structural Guidelines and Standards Within Children’s Ministry

1. There are to be two adults in the classroom at all times. If only one volunteer is present, the parent will need to wait with the child until the second volunteer arrives.
2. For child safety, the following child/teacher ratios are set:
Infants 2:1
9 to 24 months 3:1
2-3 years of age 4:1
4-5 years of age 5:1
6 years and older 8:1
3. No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to volunteer in the nursery.
4. No one should be in the nursery unless they are a volunteer or a parent.
5. Every person working with nursery, preschoolers or children must:
Be an actively participating member of our parish for 6 months or more
Complete a volunteer application form
Submit to a criminal background check
Submit to a sexual offender registry check
Participate in an interview with the director of Children’s Ministry
Provide references with people outside the congregation who are knowledgeable about how the potential volunteer interacts with children.
Attend Safeguarding God’s Children
6. Only approved, pre-screened volunteers are permitted to help with Children’s Ministry activities.
7. All personal items need to be labeled with the child’s first and last name (diaper bags, bottles, cups, etc…)
8. Pagers are available for parents of nursery age children.
9. Children should be picked up promptly after service and/or Sunday School.

What is our framework for programming in Children’s Ministry?

We offer:

-Sunday School and Nursery (through 5th grade) during the school year

-Children’s Chapel (an age appropriate version of worship during the sermon, creed and prayers for per-K through 2nd grade).

-Special activities such as Christmas Eve drama, Easter Morning Easter egg hunt and Epiphany celebration.

-Communion Classes such as Come to the Table and Little hands at the Altar.

-Multi-generational programs such as Blessing of the Animals, Advent Wreath making and Lenten programming

-One week Vacation Bible School in the Summer.

-Other ministries of the parish including acolytes, children’s choir and other involvement.

-Staff and volunteer leaders in pastoral relationships with kids and their parents.

Sunday School

Click here to download the 2019 – 2020 registration form:

Sunday school is from 9:15-10:15.
Please contact Came Schade at cschade@peterandpaul.org with any questions.

Nursery:
Our infants and toddlers have a lovely sunny nursery supervised by caring adult staff and trained adult & teen volunteers. The Nursery is available during Sunday School at 9:15 and during the 10:30 service.

Preschool:
The preschool children have classes which focus) on a variety of Bible stories using the curriculum from the Virginia Seminary. Classes are taught with activities and music fostering a love for these wonderful stories of our faith. Our youngest children and babies have a lovely sunny  nursery which is attended by caring adults and trained teenagers. Sunday school at 9:15 and the nursery is also  available during the 10:30 church service.

Kindergarten -1st Grade:
Our Kindergarten and First Grade classes are combined and Godly Play is used for this age group.  This is purposeful storytelling in which our children are taught parables, sacred story, silence and liturgical action using manipulatives.

2nd & 3rd Graders and 4th & 5th Graders:
The children of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in second through fifth grades have an opportunity to reflect on one of the Lectionary readings (the readings used in Sunday worship) with caring adult teams of three using the Living the Good News curriculum.  Each lesson will focus on one of the readings for the day, usually the Gospel.  The lessons are age appropriate and filled with engaging activities.

See below for assignments of Sunday School Teachers and Classrooms.

Infant Nursery – Room 9

Judy Alexander
Sue Campbell

PreSchool 3’s & 4’s – Room 10

Sue Campbell
Caroline Woodruff

Kindergarten & 1st Grade – Room 15

Diana Rillera
Liz Jordan

2nd and 3rd Grades – Room 12

Maureen Cooper
Susan Hadley
Sarah Trombetti

4th and 5th Grades – Room 13

Tom Gotschall
Stuart Wright
Christi Trombetti

Upcoming Events

Little Hands at the Altar and Come to the Table

Little Hands at the Altar is open to first grade and below. This sweet communion class will explore our worship service and give an introduction to the sacrament of Holy Communion. It will be held on October 13th after the 10:30 service. A lite snack will be provided. Parents are Welcome.

Come to the Table is open to second grade and up. It is a more in-depth look at Holy Communion and an introduction to the different contributing ministries within the worship service (Music, Altar Guild, Acolyte/Verger and Eucharistic Visitation). This class will be held September 8th and September 15th after the 10:30 service. A lite lunch will be served. Parents are welcome, as well as, newcomers to the church.

Please contact Camie Schade for more info
Cschade@peterandpaul.org

Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 6

More information to come.