Children’s Ministries

childrens-ministries

Sunday Morning Education

Sunday School Program

Sunday school for children in offered for ages 3 through 5th grade at 10 a.m. throughout the school year. Parents and parishioners participate as teachers of our Sunday school-aged children on a flexible rotation.  Each class has a lead teacher who recruits, supports and encourages our team of teachers. Contact our Director of Children’s Ministries, Amelia McDaniel at amcdaniel@stmarysgoochland.org for more information or to inquire about registering.

Nursery Program

A nursery for infants and children up to age 4 is offered during the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services, and at 10:00 a.m. during the summer months.  We have a wonderfully caring staff who appreciate the support of parent and youth volunteers during the 11:00 a.m. service.

Children’s Choir

A child who sings is a happy child.  Adam Bailey, who formerly sang in the St. Mary’s Choir and is a college music major, leads Children’s Choir for children in kindergarten through grade 3. Practices take place on Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m., and the Children’s Choir sing at the 11 a.m. service approximately once each month.  To sign up or learn more, please email info@stmarysgoochland.org.

Special Events & Worship Experiences

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is one of our most popular programs and is offered for a week in July for children ages 3 through 5th grade. The rotation-based curriculum treats children to multiple stations during the day –including music, dance, Bible Story Time, arts and crafts, free play, movie time and snack time.  Youth in grades 6 through high school serve as counselors and parents and parishioners are invited to volunteer as teachers.  This is one camp worth staying in town for! 2017 dates are July 10-14, 2017! Fill out the registration form here by May 21, 2017 and return to Amelia McDaniel.

During our All Saints’ Day parade in November, children ages 3 through 3rd grade learn about Saints throughout the ages and participate in a festive parade as they play parts of Mother Teresa, St. Joan, John Donne, St. Martin and others.  Youth in 4th and 5th grade do an in-depth study of a popular Saint as well.

Children’s Service of Lessons and Carols is held on Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m. and is a favorite St. Mary’s tradition.  It involves both our children and our youth and is a retelling of the Christmas story through readings and music. There will be a rehearsal prior to Christmas Eve for all children who are participating in the pageant. St. Mary’s looks for volunteers to lead and shepherd participants throughout the pageant. Please contact Amelia McDaniel for further information.

Our Easter Service involves all children. Prior to our 11 a.m. Easter Service, All children, toddlers through 5th grade, are invited to participate in our very popular Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Parents are asked to bring in two dozen plastic eggs for each child that will participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. The eggs should be filled with candy or stickers. Please NO PEANUT or TREE NUT candy or treats. Drop off the eggs at Amelia McDaniel’s office or in a collection box in the Café by Saturday, April 15. The 11 a.m. church service begins with a children’s processional in new St. Mary’s and an offering of  fresh cut flowers at the base of the cross.

Outreach Opportunities

Outreach opportunities are integrated throughout the school year and help our children develop a sense of ministry to those in need.  The projects involve giving of their time and talents at Thanksgiving, Christmas (The Giving Tree), Easter and to our CARITAS guests. Many activities take place during the monthly church Wednesday Night Parish Suppers from 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Our Children’s Stewardship Program helps our children learn that they can make a difference! Children and youth all receive printed envelopes for every week of the church year. Children have an opportunity to give in the collection plate every week.  At the end of the year, classes will select a gift from Heifer International to purchase for those in need using their accumulated donations. 

Children’s Ministries Committee

Through our Children’s and Youth Ministry Committee, we reach out to children from 3 years old all the way to 5th graders. This vibrant and active Committee meets regularly to organize and oversee all of the programs and fellowship opportunities that we offer to our children and youth.  Members rotate on and off in three-year intervals.