Children are the future of the church and St. James is committed to providing different ways for children and their parents to build a deeper faith, a solid community, and find their personal relationship with God.
There are children worship bags available located right before entry into the sanctuary. These bags are filled with quiet time activities – coloring pages, Bible story books, tracing cards, pipe cleaners for creating, etc. Please help yourself!
Welcoming Children and Families
To the parents or caregivers:
- Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!
- Feel free to sit towards the front where it is easier for your children to see and hear what’s going on. They are probably tired of see
ing the backs of others’ heads.
- Quietly explain the parts of the service and actions of the priests, ushers, readers, etc., your little ones are probably anxious to know and understand.
- Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
- If you have to leave the service with your child, do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come unto me.”
To the members of our parish:
- The presence of children is a gift to the Church, and they are a reminder that our congregation is alive and growing.
- Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.
- Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the church, to God, and to one another.
Sunday School (Preschool – 4th grade)
At St. James, our dedicated and loving teachers work with children to strengthen their relationship with God while building a Biblical
foundation that will transition with them through our youth program. The children learn that God’s love is with them throughout their lives and that they can show God’s love by the way they live in harmony with others, just as those in their church home nurture and care for them.
Sunday school takes place September – May every Sunday (except for the 2nd Sunday of the month) from 9:40 – 10:30 a.m. upstairs above the lounge.
Younger students use the Godly Play curriculum to retell bible stories using props, art and music. Older students use the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum that helps them deepen their understanding of God in their lives. Both classes include craft activities that relate to the week’s lesson and both groups participate in the Wichita Alternative Gift Market each November.
The Choristers are young singers ranging in age from approximately 8 – teens. They follow the Royal School of Church Music model, which includes training in proper use of the voice, music theory, sight singing, as well as hymns, liturgy, and sacred music. The Choristers sing in worship at the 10:45 service on the 2nd Sunday of each month as well as festivals.
Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m., September – May, in the Music room. New members are always welcome. Contact Marlene Hallstrom, Director of Music for more information.
Vacation Bible School
SAVE THE DATE FOR VBS 2018 IN JULY! JUNE 25-28, 2018
In the Summer of 2017, we went to Rome!
We explored the caves of the Underground Church, met the Apostle Paul, created cool Bible-time projects, experienced thrilling real-life dramas, played high-energy games, sampled tasty snacks, and heard unforgettable music. Plus, we met lots of new friends!
Ages 3 (potty trained) – entering 6th grade.
There is no cost and friends are welcome. Everyone must be registered.
Parents are invited to volunteer as they can and the youngsters not potty trained are invited to join along with their parents.
If you’d like more information about our children ministries please contact Chelsea Whipple, firstname.lastname@example.org, Director of Christian Formation.
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