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Here's the link to online registration for your child(ren), preschool through grade 5.
Looking for registration for older children and youth? The various links are here.
For teachers and volunteers: information about taking the online Safe Church/child abuse prevention training is here.
Sunday school and Christian formation for children
Sunday school takes place at 10:10 a.m. immediately following the 9:00 a.m. services in both the main church and in Palmer Hall. All children ages 2 through 5th grade are invited to participate on the top floor of the parish house.
Little Lambs is a special offering for two’s and young three’s. It begins to introduce principles from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Weaving God's Promises while also introducing the Bible in a developmentally appropriate way.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based program that seeks to nurture the innate spirituality of young children by preparing sacred spaces, called atria, for them. Specially trained adults, called “catechists” guide the children through presentations directly pertaining to our faith, and wonder with them about the mystery and presence of the Good Shepherd.
Weaving God’s Promises for Children is a comprehensive, three-year Christian education curriculum for children ages 3 (preschool) to 11 (5th grade), developed and written exclusively for the Episcopal Church. The program is titled Weaving God’s Promises after the process of faith formation in which we learn how God’s promises of salvation are inextricably woven into our lives. At. St. Stephen's, we are using this model for grades 2-5, and combining it with elements of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Little Lambs (ages 2 and 3).
The goals of Weaving God’s Promises for Children are to help children experience how God’s promises of salvation are woven into our lives; to foster the spiritual formation and growth of our children in Christ’s love and mercy teaching the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation; and to give children a solid basis for their future life in Christ and the Church.
There are three years of Weaving God’s Promises for Children—Weaving our Faith, Weaving Together The Family of God, and Weaving God’s Beloved Community. For 2015-2016 we will be using Weaving our Faith. The theme of this year is “God loves us and stays with us—no matter what—to bring us back to God’s divine love.” In the fall we use the Old Testament to begin understanding the story of Creation through the trials of the Jewish people. In Advent we learn about the prophecy of Christ and his birth. From Epiphany through Easter we study Jesus’s earthly ministry as presented in the Gospel of Matthew. After Easter we study resurrection and ascension of Christ. We will also study how the story is manifest in what we do in church e.g. baptism, Eucharist.
Presentation of the stories, discussion, and activities are all age appropriate for Pre-school (Little Lambs), Elementary (Grades 2-3) and Intermediate (Grades 4-5). Each of these ages will be studying the same stories, but with age appropriate content. Families with children in more than one age group can have discussions about the Sunday School lessons with all of their children knowing that they are studying the same themes:
Finally, the curriculum is based in three areas—Holy Scripture, The Episcopal Church, and the Christian Life. Of course, the foundation of the curriculum is the Bible. The great stories of the Old and New Testaments are the core of the lessons, with special emphasis on the life and teachings of Jesus. There is also information about church history, seasons of the church year, church practices, use of the Book of Common Prayer, our Anglican and Episcopal tradition, and the principal sacraments of our Church: Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. Applying these Christian principles to our lives is essential to faith--otherwise children are just learning interesting stuff. Life application including the principles and practices of prayer, outreach and service, Christian ethics, and contemporary issues are included as appropriate to help our children learn how to walk the way of Jesus now and for their entire lives.
Club 45 is a youth group for fourth and fifth graders which convenes monthly during the school year. Gatherings offer chaperoned, fun-filled fellowship activities or community service projects that make a difference in the lives of others. Friends are always welcome. We need parents to help chaperone these events.
September 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Bowling
October 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m., trip to the Pumpkin Patch
November 1, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Decorating Turkey Boxes
December 6, 5:30-8:00 p.m., Tacky Lights Tour & Angel Tree Ministry activity
January 10, 1:00-3:30 p.m., trip to Jumpology
February 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Movie and ice cream
March 19, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., James River Association Day of Service
April 17, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Kings Dominion
May 1, 9:30-11:00 a.m., End of year celebration
The nursery is located on the lower floor of the parish house (near St. Stephen's Preschool). When you approach the parish house from the large parking lot at Somerset and Grove, enter by the double glass doors and proceed down the stairs.
The nursery is staffed by a team of First Aid and CPR/AED-certified, paid child care workers who have received Safe Church training. When you arrive to drop off your child(ren), you will be asked to sign them in and leave your cell phone number. Should anything require your attention while you are in the service or attending the Sunday Forum, a text message will be sent as a discreet way to ask you to come to the nursery.
Children ages 2 to 5 will be offered a small snack during their stay. While there is an emergency supply of diapers and wipes, we ask that you provide your child with a diaper bag, as well.
It is open during the 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. services on Sundays, as well as during the Christian education hour; during the 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. services during the summer; and during other services as noted with an asterisk in bulletins and other communications.
Dates for 2016 TBA
To learn more about programming available to children, please contact Michael Sweeney.