Children and Youth Ministries
Christian formation is about taking on the shape of Christ for each person in relationship to the same formation of the whole community. The first promise of baptism is ‘to continue in the apostles teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.” All four of those practices – study, companionship, worship and devotion – form and shape the practice of Christian faith for all generations in both practical and mysterious ways. Come join the exciting programs!
Sunday School for Youth follows the 9 am service (beginning at about 10:10 am) most Sundays during the traditional school year. Click here to find out more about Sunday School.
Children’s Chapel is offered on Sunday morning. Children (K to grade 2) follow the cross to the Clark Center during the singing of the Gloria. They return during the Offertory and help bring the Food Pantry donations to the altar.
The objective of Children’s Chapel is to offer an interactive liturgy of the word in language our children can understand and be challenged by. Children share in the leadership of this worship, everything from the prayers to snuffing the candles. These practices are designed to encourage excitement about formal participation in the main service.
Youth Group (grades 7-12) meets every Sunday!
On Weeks 1 & 2: Youth meet at the Cathedral
Week 3: Youth participate in Outreach or in Deanery Youth Events.
Week 4 is Compline and Dinner starting at 6:00 pm, followed by worship in the chapel. More info on the Events page.
Contact Canon Michael Drinkwater for more information.
Matchbox Cars on the Pews
This presence of children among us during worship is vital not only to the formation and welcome of families in our congregations, but also to the formation of everyone in attendance. The presence of children in our liturgies has a real and somewhat paradoxical quality. On the one hand, children do not act like adults. They blurt out questions and exclamations. They laugh and cry on a whim. They feel liberty to roam around the Nave. They mostly ignore the sermons. They drive matchbox cars on the pews, color on the visitor’s cards, and drop things on the floor that have an uncanny propensity to roll all the way to the chancel steps. Their presence might be seen by some as a disruption to the liturgy.