Children’s Sunday Morning
Pre-K Through 5th Grade
Our Current Theme
Children should be dropped off at the lower level classrooms about 10 AM, ten or fifteen minutes before the second service begins in upstairs church. They will be brought upstairs to church at the time of the Peace. If they participate in Youth Choir, they will go downstairs after communion.
We hope parents will make a commitment to bring children regularly so that they may benefit from our community of faith in this troubled world that we live in.
If you have not registered your children, remember they can join our program any time using the Children Registration Form. Register on your child’s first day of class.
Our Formation Curriculum
Children and Youth Formation at St. Andrew’s is structured to help our children move toward adulthood with God at the center of their lives.
The Children’s Ministry program will begin as a traditional Sunday School class but promises opportunities for the children to act, sing, use art and literature to learn about God’s will, the teachings from scriptures, and the daring work of Jesus.
We will focus on one of the lessons or the Gospel which is read upstairs in church using resources such as the illustrated Sparkhouse Bible, the Living The Good News curriculum and a game, art activity or both in the Pre-School, K-1, second and third grade classes as well as for the fourth and fifth graders. We will feature examples of God’s tender mercy and kindness to us and people less fortunate than we are.
Our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Dorinda Hicks, along with our Youth Choir Director, Chris Stansbury, will direct the program.
For more information about Children and Youth Formation contact:
Dorinda Hicks, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
We provide Nursery every week from 10:00 a.m. until the end of the 10:15 a.m. service. Our nursery is a safe, fun, and loving place for our youngest members.
Our Youth Choir Director visits the Nursery most weeks during the school year for a special Music Time.
Every Sunday from about 10:15 until 10:30 Chris Stansbury makes music with the nursery children as part of a mini church school lesson. They play instruments, hear stories, use scarves, and play musical movement games using skills and activities from the Musik Garten curriculum for churches called God’s Children Sing.
Our theme this year is KINDNESS!
Join our closed Children’s Ministry Facebook page for current information on lessons and activities.In order to join the group:
We will then add you to the group.
- Go to Facebook
- Search for “St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Children’s Ministry”
- Ask to join the group.
Serving in Worship
Acolytes participate as key members of the team of clergy and lay ministers during the 7:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Sunday services and at special services throughout the year. Carrying the cross, they lead the procession of the choir and all ministers into the church.
The program is open to youth in grades 4 through 12. Training is held annually or upon request. Acolytes are expected to participate in 12 to 15 services per year.
See photos of our recent gathering!
Acolyte Family Gathering sharing the joys and challenges of being an acolyte and acolyte family!
10 Reasons to be an acolyte
10. Dress up in awesome vestments
9. Lead the choir and clergy in procession carrying the cross and candles
8. Play with fire lighting the candles
7. Play with fire big time lighting the pascal fire at Easter Vigil
6. Hang out in the sacristy with other acolytes, Father Gregg and d tom+
5. Not get laughed at or scowled at if you make a mistake so long as you promise not laugh or scowl when Father Gregg and d tom make mistakes (‘cause they do!)
4. Get your parents out of bed in time for the 7:45 am service
3. Get to sleep in when you have the 10:15 service
2. Be part of the action around the altar – up close and personal
1.Be up close and personal with God
Contact Deacon Tom for more information.
Children have several opportunities to praise God through music at St. Andrew’s! New singers are always welcome!
St. Andrew’s youth (kindergarten through 8th grade) are invited to be a part of Youth Choir, which meets in the Youth Choir Room every Sunday right after communion until approximately 11:45. The Youth Choir sings at several services throughout the school year, including monthly at the 10 am service, the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service, and at the Liturgy of the Palms on Palm Sunday. The youth music program introduces young singers to inspiring religious music and allows them to contribute to the music ministry of the church.
Youth Choir 2018 Sunday Singing Dates
March 25, Palm Sunday
April 22, Earth Day Celebration
May 20, Day of Pentecost
Children at St. Andrew’s are exposed to music on a regular basis through our curriculum, Spark: Activate Faith. Music is integrated into our kids’ learning as they explore bible stories and faith traditions through song and movement.
Questions? Please contact our Youth Choir Director Chris Stansbury at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 985-0895.
Holy Baptism is administered on designated Sundays during the service.
Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil service, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints’ Day (or the Sunday after), the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (the first Sunday after Epiphany) and the Bishop’s visitation. Upcoming suggested dates are:
The 17th Sunday after Pentecost, October 1, 2017, 10:15 AM
All Saints’ Sunday, November 5, 2017, 7:45 AM or 10:15 AM
The first Sunday after the Epiphany, January 8, 2018, 7:45 AM or 10:15 AM
Godparents must be baptized Christians, and are to be actively involved in a local church community.
Please call the Parish Office to arrange for the Baptism and to schedule pre-baptismal instruction.