Children’s Ministry Update – January 2017

Our Children’s Ministry at St. Stephen’s is continuing to evolve and we are excited to share the latest updates of everything that’s happening. Read on!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY VISIONING UPDATE

In September, we formed a Children’s Ministry Visioning team. We are pleased to report the team has been making great progress over the last months. We are now seeking your broad, big picture hopes, dreams, concerns, and insights about our ministry as we create a vision and mission statement, and statement of values, for ministry to families with children.

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey with your candid thoughts by Tuesday, February 7.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM UPDATES

Our Nursery (age 0-3) is available on Sunday mornings and has continued to grow and develop under the skilled hands of Dominique Gant. With her year’s of experience and education in early childhood education, she has moved our nursery beyond simple childcare and has introduced amazing Bible-based stories and crafts for our littlest members. View a photo gallery of the hands-on fun! 

Children’s Chapel (potty trained preschoolers – grade 2) is held at both Sunday morning services. Our Chapel has been involving and we are pleased to share our new focus on tactile learning for our younger children with a curriculum based on the Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmond Tutu! 

Sunday Club (potty-trained 3 year olds – grade 5) is on the move as well! To better serve the needs our the disparate age groups of our growing number of kids, we are very excited to announce that we have divided the kids into two age groups.

YOUNGER KIDS (potty-trained 3 yr olds – grade 1)  This group will be led by Peyton Chambers who has built an amazing and easy to grasp curriculum specifically designed for this age group.

OLDER KIDS (grade 2-5)  These kids will continue to explore wondering questions connected to the weekly lectionary lessons while using Legos to express their insights, questions and imagination.

As a reminder, we know children are excited to run off to Sunday Club (and we’re excited to have them!) but we ask that at least one parent accompany their child(ren) for check-in and check-out in order to ensure we comply with our Safe Church practices.

PARENT’S PROGRAM UPDATES

NEW! Mommy & Me Mondays is the perfect play date for all moms and tots! Join us every Monday morning for playtime with your little ones (ages 0-5) and a chance to meet other mom’s in your community. Toys and fun will be provided, simply bring a snack for your child, if you wish. Please enter through the main church office doors on 50th Street you will be directed from there. This weekly gathering is free and open to the entire community so feel free to bring friends!
Meets: 9:30-11:30am  (Sunday Club Rooms)

Adult Formation during Sunday Club time is offered most Sundays. Adult Forum begins at 10:15 and concludes in time for you to pick kids up from Sunday Club. Our current series, Faith Foundations, explores foundational elements of Episcopal life and faith and provides amble time for conversation and questions. Alternatively, Connections provides an opportunity for is lively conversation about the intersection between faith and current events.

Questions or concerns? Tell us what you think – we are listening! Contact:

Lizzie Landon
, Children’s Ministry Associate