Children in Worship

By participating in worship, children learn that they belong to Christ and they are welcome in God’s church! By joining in worship, children begin to build a collection of memorable, shared experiences of Christian community and hear stories from the Bible read and interpreted. They learn that worship is a place for them to speak to God and a place where God may speak to them. Children of all ages, even if fidgety or cooing, are welcome in our worship services.

On the first Sunday of the month, children are invited to the altar during the Great Thanksgiving to get a better look at what happens during Holy Communion.

On their way into church, children are welcome to take a “Sunday Paper” coloring packet (located in the Narthex). Based on that week’s Scripture readings, each packet also has a parent page for further discussion and prayer. We encourage you to read this over at home and talk about the lesson of God’s great love with your children. Please return the bag and crayons in the basket on the way out.

A nursery is available from 8:45am - 12:15pm for children birth to 5-years of age.

Safeguarding God’s Children

At St. Andrew’s we are committed to being a loving, caring, diverse and welcoming community of Christian people. As part of our loving and caring, we are strongly committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of the children and youth entrusted to our care. Knowing that Jesus cared particularly for children and acknowledging the promises of our Baptismal Covenant, we will be proactive in our care for the vulnerable.

We will welcome every child and youth regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, origin, ancestry, documentation status or religion. We will ensure everything in our power to ensure that no adult or child is exposed to behavior that is physically, emotionally, spiritually or sexually abusive or harassing at St. Andrew’s and will advocate for those who encounter such behaviors in other settings.

All volunteers who work with children and youth will be required to complete training before working with children and youth, and must re-new this training every 2 years. Additionally, all adults who work with minors will be required to have a background check.

Programs

Sunday School 10:00

Nursery age children use Beulah land—a colorful felt storyboard kit for storytelling and imaginative play.

Children ages 3 to 6 use the Godly Play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play.

Kids in 3rd through 5th grades use the Connect curriculum to explore major themes in the narrative arc of the Bible, blending solid theology with quirky, age-appropriate humor.

Youth- 6th grade to High School-  explore together what it means for each of us to choose to live into our Christian faith, as part of the church community, today.

First Sundays

The First Sunday of each month, children are invited to the altar during the Great Thanksgiving to get a better look at what happens during Holy Communion.  During Sunday School, children’s classes join together for a Special Event with story, art, and games.  Parents are encouraged to join in! This year our theme is Pilgrimage.  From now until June, we will travel to distant sites to learn from the lives of both Biblical and historical people of faith, known as Saints.  Each month we will to seek to know ourselves and others, as well as to seek to know God as Creator, Savior, and Holy Spirit.  Come join us!

First Informed Communion - Spring

At St. Andrew’s, baptized children are welcome to begin receiving communion as soon as they are able to show interest.  Starting on Wednesday February 21st, we will offer a First “Informed” Communion Class. First Communion is another opportunity for the children to learn more about what happens in our worship and what communion means to them. All are welcome, but this class is especially for those in elementary school and their parents.

Vacation Bible School

2018 VBS will be June 25-29.  Aslan is on the Move – stay tuned for more information!

Wednesday Dinners

We will resume Wednesday night meals at 5:30 on February 21st as part of our Lenten Program.

Find Out More

To find out more, contact our Jennifer Arcuri, our Christian Education Director at ChristianEd@saots.org or 910.256.3034 x106. For more information on the St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound Preschool, visit www.standrewspreschool.org.