Mary Jane Santamaria
The Children & Family Ministry’s mission is to serve God by providing faith formation for God’s children and families through a committed group of volunteers.
The nursery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.
Nursery hours will be announced in advance for special services/parish activities.
Fully staffed nursery care is provided for children, infant through 3 years old. Our nursery program begins the process of introducing our young children to Christ through playtime, Bible stories, and music. Simple crafts will also be introduced that will reinforce the Bible story.
Sundays, beginning in September at 9:45 a.m. (K-6th grade)
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The curriculum used in this classroom, Godly Play, was developed by Jerome W. Berryman, an Episcopal Priest and (former) Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood in Houston, Texas.
In Godly Play, we prepare a special environment for children to work with adult guides. Two teachers guide the session, making time for the children. The children enter the room (their sacred space) and are greeted by the Door leader.
Each child is greeted by the Story Teller leader and asked to join a circle sitting on the floor with the leader. When ready, prayers are said to begin the class.
The Story Teller presents a story of the Bible using visual aids and movements, which bring the story to life for the children. The stories presented are from the Old and New Testaments, Parables, and liturgical action. The children respond to the story presentation through shared wondering. After the wondering, the children respond to the story with their own expressive art, a provided craft, or work (play) with the lesson materials.
When they are done with response time, we prepare, pray, and share a feast.
Lastly, the children are blessed by the leader and goodbyes are said and they leave their sacred space. The children will join their families for communion after class.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held in July from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each evening. Children will participate in stories from the Bible that will come to life with hands-on storytelling, crafts, games, and music. This year’s theme is Christmas in July. To learn more, visit our Vacation Bible School Page
Adult volunteers to help run VBS are welcome each year. Please contact Jennifer Roland, as there is a need to complete certification prior to joining in the fun during the week.