For the wee ones. . .
For infants and toddlers from six months to 2, years we offer a safe, caring, and stimulating atmosphere, overseen by experienced and loving caregivers. The nursery is supervised every Sunday during the contemporary morning worship service, coffee hour and church school. Parents can leave their children for the whole morning, or they can stay with their child in the nursery until (s)he is comfortable.
For ages 2 through 10. . .
For children from age 2 through Grade 5, we offer the Spark: Activate Faith curriculum, which follows the Episcopal lectionary. The children meet on Sunday mornings throughout the school year in age-appropriate groups. Parent teams teach the various classes. The Spark curriculum offers the opportunity for all family members to learn about the scripture lessons for each week at the same time.
For ages 11 and 12. . .
For youth in grades 6 and 7 we offer the Connect program, also developed by Spark. This program seeks to empower teens to make good decisions for themselves and to think about who God is and what being a person of faith means for them, in addition to helping kids connect foundational stories of the Bible to life lessons. The annual Nightwatch retreat to the cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City is joyfully anticipated each year by this group!
For ages 13 and up. . .
For youth in grades 8 and 9 we offer young people the opportunity to explore deeper questions and determine whether Confirmation is the right choice for them. Confirmation at St. Andrew’s continues the community building begun in Grades 6 & 7 and further develops teens' abilities to make good choices in line with the teachings of Jesus. A multi-faceted curriculum includes topics such as society, self, spirituality, sexuality, in addition to a review of the history of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Participation in this group involves service projects and overnight retreats, as well as opportunities for socializing.
Sunday Activities Outside the Classroom
There are church school activities offered throughout the church school year that bringing children of all ages and families together for faith-filled fun such as the annual blessing of the animals on the feast of St. Francis, Advent wreath making, Jesse tree decorating, Lenten pretzel baking, and more. In addition, kids in church school actively participate in service projects such as filling back-to-school backpacks for needy children, food drives, a winter hat and mitten collection, helping at the soup kitchen, etc.
Parent volunteers are an integral part of our youth programming. Without them, nothing would happen! St. Andrew’s abides by Safe Church policies and practices for all volunteers and staff. Want to lend a hand or drive to an event? Contact Director of Children Christian Formation Shelby Auletta.