Cathedral Children and Youth Ministries
Your family is important here.
We believe that all people are made in God's image, including our children and youth.
We at Saint Paul’s are committed to helping children grow in faith. While it may seem that they don’t always understand what is going on, they often understand more than we realize. By our attitude, they understand church is a special and sacred place where they are loved and accepted. Our church service provides an excellent opportunity for parents to be involved in the spiritual nurturing of their children. Church School, led by people who are engaged in communicating the love of God to children, offers children age-appropriate learning opportunities led by loving people using sound resources.
At Saint Paul's Cathedral we provide weekly Sunday morning Church School for all children ages 2 until 5th grade when children enter into our youth program. Presently church school begins at 10:15 with a gathering time. Starting at 10:30 we will divide into age groups to have a bible story and discussion or craft time.
Below are some reminders and helpful information:
1. Church school begins at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday (September through late December & January through late May) unless noted in the Calendar. Please try to be prompt as we begin each class in prayer and with a liturgy developed specifically for each classroom.
2. Church school ends at 11:00 a.m.
3. If your child is an acolyte (grades 3 and up) at the 11:15 a.m. service, they will be released by their teachers at 11:00 a.m.
4. If your child still needs assistance going to the bathroom or wears a diaper/pull ups, we ask that you hang around in the garden during class time to assist with any bathroom needs.
Classes and Curriculum:
St. Paul's Church School is the Sunday morning program for children and youth. As previously mentioned, church school has two sessions throughout the year:
- Fall Session: September through late December
- Spring Session: Early January through late May
Special Events for Cathedral Kids:
In addition to our Sunday morning programs we also offer a number of special events that help our Cathedral kids and their families grow in faith. We arrange our activities thematically throughout the year. Several of our big events include:
Advent Event: During the 10:30 church school time we have an intergenerational event to prepare for all things Christmas. We assemble Advent wreaths, make ornaments and begin to celebrate the coming of Christ.
Journey to the Cross: A Good Friday Stations of the Cross for families that includes interactive stations at 5:00 p.m. on Good Friday followed by a meal.
Easter Festival: Holy Saturday events at the Cathedral including an Egg Hunt, flowering of the cross, activities, breakfast burritos and more!
Check back often for more information about these and other activities for Cathedral families.
At St. Paul's we strive to walk with our teens on their path to adulthood.
Our desire is to help youth recognize their spiritual gifts, learn how to serve God, help them form and learn answers to their questions about faith while fostering their desire to make a difference in the world. Our youth group meets at least once a month. Contact Philip Newcomer for more information.
Confirmation is open to all people who wish to confirm, re-affirm or be accepted into the Episcopal Church. Confirmation classes are open to all youth grades 7 and above. Please contact Philip Newcomer to begin the conversation for confirmation.