Your family is important here.
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. The worship service provides an excellent opportunity for parents to be involved in the spiritual nurturing of their children. Church School, led by caring adults, offers children the opportunity to form community with peers while forming a Christian identity.
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.
Classes and Curriculum:
A note about Godly Play: Godly Play is an Episcopal curriculum developed by Jerome Berryman. It's approach is to allow children to experience God's sacred word through discovery of interactive story-telling. In some ways, Godly Play is a child-accessible version of the ancient spiritual practice of lectio divina, or holy reading, in which children are allowed to experience, respond, and wonder about the stories of our faith. Godly Play allows children the freedom to create, to be present with God, to develop familiarity with religious language, and to engage each other. Finally, Godly Play is accessible for all children and because of it's consistency in approach.
2 Year Olds to Pre-K: We use a modified Godly Play curriculum in which we focus on a single story for a month. The story is told each week of the month and children have a more structured response time with an activity related to the story. Stories for this spring include:
Kindergarten - 1st Grade: Godly Play with a focus on the major stories of the Old and New Testaments, the Parables of Jesus, and special stories during Advent and Lent.
2nd - 3rd Grade: Godly Play: Expanding on the foundational stories with stories of the lives of the Biblical prophets and Saints. Includes stories for helping children to bring their Godly Play experience together.
4th - 5th Grade: In this class we seek to prepare our older children for the transition to youth group and the more complex questions of faith. We currently use a curriculum from 1517 Media, an ELCA publisher, called Spark Connect which is centered on teaching children the thematic connections between Biblical stories throughout the Old and New Testaments. This class also has a series of special visits from clergy, lay leaders, and older youth.
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:
Journey to the Cross: A Good Friday Stations of the Cross for families that includes interactive stations at 5 PM 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!
Camp Cathedral: Our intergenerational take on Vacation Bible School. Camp Cathedral takes place over one weekend in the summer when we gather together to hear stories, engage in fun activities, and share with one another in our community. Camp Cathedral 2017 will be held on June 2nd - 3rd. Our theme is "An Adventure Through the Sacraments."
Saint Crispin's Day: Cathedral Kids go to camp! We will journey out to our Episcopal Camp and Conference center for a fun-filled day of sunshine, fresh air, worship, hot dogs, and fun camp activities.
Check back often for more information about these and other activities for Cathedral families.
Saint Paul's welcomes you and your children to worship with us. We are excited you are here!
Whether you are experiencing Episcopal worship for the first time or are a life-long Episcopalian who is visiting with us, we strive to make our time together special for children and adults.
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