Holy Week

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, weather permitting, St. Paul’s gets a pony! One of our children dresses up as Jesus and rides the pony to St. Paul’s while the congregation follows waving palms. The pony is available before the service for any children that would like to take a pony ride!

 

Maundy Thursday

On the evening of Maundy Thursday, St. Paul’s has a First Century Dinner together in Sherrill Hall. Followed by the Maundy Thursday Service in the Sanctuary. A part of this service is the washing of feet. Children are welcome to partake in this and usually find it unique, fun, and thought provoking.

 

 

Easter

After the Easter service we have an egg hunt on the lawn! We ask that you bring some stuffed eggs to contribute before the service. We have volunteers who set out the eggs and the children get to go collect. It is a fun and wonderful event.

Communion Recognition

While many Episcopal children take communion from the time when they are baptized, it is wise to take some specific time to reflect on the significance of the Eucharist. At St. Paul’s, all 2nd grade students will experience St. Paul’s special program for “Communion Instruction.” In the past, this program has proven to be a highlight of the year for children and parents.

The students will experience several weeks of in-class activities during their regular Sunday school time. We ask that families take a role in this learning at home, as well. The children will come home with the ideas of making banners to represent

  • Your family’s name

  • Something representing your family’s most important religious tradition.

  • Something representing and important family patriarch or matriarch (someone in your family who you all look up to.)

  • Something representing your family’s future hope for the world.

  • Something representing your family’s future hope for the child who is experiencing Communion Instruction

The period of instruction culminates in a “retreat” evening for the whole family on Saturday evening before the Sunday of “Communion Recognition Day”. The students are publicly recognized in a special “Communion Recognition Day” observance during our 10:00am service.

When?

The date for Communion Recognition has not been set yet for 2020…check back soon for the date.

Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant is an event that all of St. Paul’s looks forward to. We include members of St. Paul’s and  their friends and family of all ages. It is a simple pageant that tells of the foretelling of the coming of Jesus along with the beginning of his life. There is an easy script and many parts that do not speak. Everyone is welcome to take part even if you can not come to the rehearsals. Come early to the service and we will give you a costume and where you need to be. It’s that easy!

Every year, St. Paul’s puts on two Christmas pageants on Christmas Eve: one at the 3pm service and one at the 5pm service. We rehearse on the Saturday before. Participants run through the pageant and get their costumes.  We will also rehearse the music for the pageant after the 10am service in the chapel. We perform on Christmas Eve during the services so get your child in costume and go sit in the pews. We will call the participants forward when the pageant will start.

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Pageant Script

Pageant

December 24 at the 3pm service, 5pm service

Tuesday Lenten Dinners

During Lent, St. Paul’s hosts a dinner on Tuesdays and has formation time afterwards. Each year we are offer a special children’s time as well as adult formation. The children will be focusing on following God in all different times in our life. This will be a wonderful chance for our children to learn and grow during the time of Lent.

The Lenten program in 2019 was based on Church history with an eye on how things that happened back then, 1500 years ago, is relevant to us right now.

Time

Family Dinner at 5:30pm in Sherrill Hall

Children and Adult programs at 6:30pm

End at 7:15pm

 

Vacation Bible School

For the past several summers, St. Paul’s has put on a Vacation Bible School for one week in August. It has been a week of songs, prayers, stories, arts and crafts, puppets, and tons of fun. We have had volunteers from St. Paul’s lead around 30 children from 9am to noon from Monday through Thursday. We bring us all back together Thursday night for the parents and guardians to see what we have been up to!

Take some time to look at our pictures from last summer and check back for more information as the summer draws near