Children’s Ministries

Sunday School for 2022

We are excited to be gathering again for Sunday School for 4 years-olds through 5th Graders on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. If the temperature is 55 degrees and above and the weather is dry, we will hold Sunday School outdoors in the breezeway between the education buildings. If it is chilly or rainy we will gather in the large classroom in the Youth Education Building. Please contact Amelia McDaniel at amcdaniel@stmarysgoochland.org with any questions or for more information.

 

Children’s Chapel

Children’s Chapel is during the 11 o’clock service. Children are invited during the Gospel hymn to come with Amelia and/or another group leader to the Block Room. During this time, children hear the Gospel story, have time for prayer, and sing. They return to the service at the Peace.

 

Nursery on Sunday Mornings

Our nursery is open for infants through children age 4. Our nursery staff, headed by Meg Zehmer, is fully vaccinated and wears masks in an effort to keep our youngest members healthy. Nursery opens at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings and runs through the end of the 11 a.m. service.

 

Register Your Child in our Program!

Even though we are not meeting in person, please take a moment to go online and fill out a registration form for your child(ren). This information helps us so much to stay connected and up-to-date with your family. And it helps us have updated and accurate information, especially birth dates! We don’t want to miss a single one!

Register your child for Children’s Ministry

 

Volunteer with Children’s Ministries!

The new outdoor format for Sunday School means need parent volunteers who are willing to check-in kids to Sunday School, pass out snacks, and guide kids from a big group setting to a smaller classroom. These volunteer roles require no preparation and are flexible around your availability. The hope is to build a team of 15-20 parents willing to rotate every few weeks to assist with Sunday School. Or go straight to the sign up genius link here to go ahead and sign up!

Note: Volunteers will need to participate in some Diocesan training.

If you are interested, contact Amelia McDaniel at amcdaniel@stmarysgoochland.org.

 

Download the Children’s Ministry Brochure for more information.

 

Additional Resources:

If you’d like to check out more resources to do at home, you can download, watch, or print them below:

 

Children’s Chapel Online

Our Online Children’s Chapel is our primary formation opportunity for Fall 2020. We hope this offering provides a way to bring Bible stories to life and worship into your home.

We created Worship Kits that are referenced in the videos. They contain items that help set the stage for learning, including The Sunday Paper. The Sunday Paper is a great resource to explore the week’s reading for your children and even has a parent guide on the back. We send out copies of the Sunday Paper periodically to keep the kids up to date with the lessons. In addition to the Sunday paper, there are copies of prayers we say, a liturgical wheel guide, and books of the Bible guide.

Our storytellers use the Spark Story Bible, published by Sparkhouse, to tell most of the stories shared. Follow this link to order one for your own home.

Playlist of Children’s Chapel Videos on YouTube

 

 

 

St. Mary’s Storytime

Do your kids enjoy being read to and love a wonderful story? St. Mary’s is excited to offer a new component to Children’s Formation this summer – St. Mary’s Storytime! In addition to weekly Children’s Chapel, we are offering Storytime each week! A different storyteller will share brief part of the Old Testament, Psalms, Epistle or the Gospel story from the previous Sunday’s readings. Then they will read a wonderful illustrated children’s book and talk about how the stories and their themes relate.

In addition, Denise Bennett, our summer intern, is a professional storyteller and has included some of her favorite stories to share with our kids. We are so grateful for her incredible gift!

St. Mary’s Storytime Stories:

Check out all the stories relating to recent Bible lessons shared by some of our favorite storytellers, follow the links below