All Saints Ministry with Children
Children are important members of the All Saints community. We welcome them in worship and provide an opportunity each week for them to join in conversation with the priest or lay leader. We value their comments, questions and insights. We seek to learn with them how to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
All Saints provides a Nursery for the care of infants and young children. Parents are free to come and go to the Nursery as the needs of their children dictate. We have just completed reflooring and painting the Nursery and today we bless the gifts of stuffed animals, toys and supplies given by members of the congregation. Thank you to those who generously care for the youngest in our midst!
The All Saints Sunday School is organized by parent volunteers who invite members of the congregation who love children to help out. You can organize supplies, teach or assist in teaching, or give your energy to a special project. Speak with Laura French or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can help.
And if you would be interested in being a church friend to one or two of the children, please speak with Rev. Cheryl. A church friend is an adult who welcomes a child to sit with them during the portion of worship children are present. Doing so helps the children to know they are valued by the congregation and helps the parents deal with lively children who are learning how to be in worship with others.
Parents or grandparents who are bringing children, whether or not for the first time, are asked to fill out a registration form for this Sunday School yearso that we have all the information we need to care for your children. Forms are on the Narthex table.
Childrens WorshipAll Saints welcomes babies and children at all services, and also provides a nursery for the littlest Christians and a vibrant and active Church School for children ages 3 through Grade 8. We have dedicated volunteer church school teachers and assistants and a Childrens Ministry Coordinator.
A typical Sunday morning for children at All Saints begins in Church School with opening worship songs, prayers, and the Bible story of the week. Children then break into small groups by ages and respond to the Bible story through activities such as drama, crafts, games and discussion. After about 40 minutes, the children are welcomed into the church where they join their families in the hymns and Eucharist which form the last part of the Anglican service.
Children at All Saints are invited to join the community of faith in the Eucharist or Holy Communion at whatever age their parents feel is appropriate. The Priest normally conducts an informal session or two to prepare a child and his or her parents for this important step in their life in Christ.Childrens Activities
Our children at All Saints collect food for the Food Bank every month, and usually do a few musical numbers with the Church Choir each year. At Christmas they often adopt a family through the Open Door Society.
For more information about Children's Worship and Activities at All Saints, call the Church at 586-4420