Nursery

The St. Paul’s nursery is open every Sunday during the 8am and 10am services. We encourage you to bring your children into service with you but we know some of our little ones are quite wiggly. If they would like a place to run around, our nursery is a great spot! We have toys and activities for the youngest among us to have fun with. We clean our nursery often to make sure the environment is good for the children.

The nursery is staffed by Karen Malkin who is CORI checked and Safe Church trained. She has been with us for many years and is highly regarded. We have rotation of teens and other adults who come to stay with Karen during Sunday mornings. The door is open so all of the room is clearly visible.

The Nursery  is in the lower level of St. Paul’s and is the first room you come to. Karen and other staff will be there to welcome your child. Please feel free to be with them in the nursery or to come take them at any time to go up to church.

PreK-K

Purpose: The primary goal of the program is to have the children discover Jesus in this role, and to understand that He loves us and takes care of us as a good shepherd would his sheep. The children also begin to learn about the Kingdom of God as Jesus explained it through parables, and are introduced to the sacraments of the Eucharist and baptism.  The Catechist of the Good Shepherd (CGS) approach links a deep personal grounding in Christ to an ecumenical hope for the future of our planet. Typically, the adults learn and grow as rapidly as the kids do. Speaking of the Bible stories that are shared each week, one volunteer said, “I find myself discovering the stories again as if for the first time.” CGS is used by Anglican, Roman Catholic, and other Christian churches around the world.

Classroom: The Atrium classroom is in the lower level of St. Paul’s and is the first classroom you run into. It is made to feel welcoming, warm, and easily accessible to children. The lesson and the teachers for the week are always listed on the whiteboard outside the door.

Time: Class goes for 9:15am to around 10:35am on Sunday mornings. Parents drop their children off at the classroom and then have time to chat or go to our Adult Forum. The children are brought up about halfway though service by their teachers.

1st Grade

Purpose: Our 1st Graders are part o the True Vine A class.  True Vine A uses a mixture of Catechists of the Good Shepherd and Feasting on the Word. We use these two curriculum to weave together the fundamentals and calm atmosphere of the Atrium and the lectionary story telling of Feasting on the Word. Our 1st graders get time to learn, explore, and do independent work. Having class for a hour and 20 minutes gives the children time to dig into every story and see how God is being revealed to them.

 Classroom: The True Vine A classroom is in the lower level of St. Paul’s and is the last classroom you run into. It is made to feel welcoming, warm, and easily accessible to children. The lesson and the teachers for the week are always listed on the whiteboard outside the door.

Time: This class goes for 9:15am to around 10:35am on Sunday mornings. Parents drop their children off at the classroom and then have time to chat or go to our Adult Forum. The children are brought up about halfway though service by their teachers.

2nd Grade

Purpose: True Vine B uses a mixture of Catechists of the Good Shepherd and Feasting on the Word. We use these two curriculum to weave together the fundamentals and calm atmosphere of the Atrium and the lectionary story telling of Feasting on the Word. Our 1st graders get time to learn, explore, and do independent work. Having class for a hour and 20 minutes gives the children time to dig into every story and see how God is being revealed to them.

At the beginning of Spring our 2nd graders start to learn about communion. These classes are part of our Communion Recognition which is akin to First Communion in the Roman Catholic church. To learn more about Communion Recognition, CLICK HERE.

Classroom: The True Vine B classroom is in the lower level of St. Paul’s and is at the foot of the stairs. It is made to feel welcoming, warm, and easily accessible to children. The lesson and the teachers for the week are always listed on the whiteboard outside the door.

Time: This class goes for 9:15am to around 10:35am on Sunday mornings. Parents drop their children off at the classroom and then have time to chat or go to our Adult Forum. The children are brought up about halfway though service by their teachers.

3rd Grade

Purpose: Our 3rd graders are part of the Good News A class. This class uses Feasting on the Word as its main curriculum. We use the lessons that will be read during church and delve into their meanings. We look at how these stories affect our lives and the world around us.

Classroom: The Good News A classroom is in the lower level of St. Paul’s and is the middle, skinny classroom. It is made to feel welcoming, warm, and easily accessible to children. The lesson and the teachers for the week are always listed on the whiteboard outside the door.

Time: Class starts at 9:15am and goes till 10am when the children either go home if they went to the 8am service or go up to church for the 10am service. We encourage children who are in 3rd grade and up to attend all the church service. Worshiping as a community is formational for our children and our adults.

4th & 5th Grade

Purpose: Our 4th and 5th graders are part of the Good News B class.  This class uses Feasting on the Word as its main curriculum. We use the lessons that will be read during church and delve into their meanings. We look at how these stories affect our lives and the world around us.

 

Classroom: The Good News B classroom is the Chapel which is off of the hall on St. Paul’s lower level. It is made to feel welcoming, warm, and easily accessible to children.

Time: Class starts at 9:15am and goes till 10am when the children either go home if they went to the 8am service or go up to church for the 10am service. We encourage children who are in 3rd grade and up to attend all the church service. Worshiping as a community is formational for our children and our adults.

Children's Chapel (PreK-5th Grade)

Purpose: Children’s Chapel is an opportunity for the younger members of the congregation to worship together during the regular church service. Children’s Chapel usually involves a brief parable and lesson, a song or two, and a craft or activity. The curriculum and format, however, are flexible; we invite volunteer leaders to bring their gifts!

Classroom: Children’s Chapel is held in the Chapel which is off of the hall on St. Paul’s lower level. It is made to feel welcoming, warm, and easily accessible to children.

Time: Children’s Chapel occurs when we do not have regular Church School. It is for PreK-5th graders and is held during the 10am service from the opening blessings to the Peace which is around 45 minutes later.