Children's Formation

We at St. Andrew's treasure the joyful noises, curious questions, and general feeling of growth and vitality that the children of our parish bring to the community. We consider it a great privilege and responsibility to provide for those children a safe, inviting place where they can be themselves and learn about the unconditional love of God. Here are our main offerings for children:

ST. ANDREW'S CORE VALUES ARE:
  • Relationship with God
    • Learning our sacred stories, worship, and making disciples
    • Connecting through prayer
    • Feeling comfortable praying out loud and to start writing personal prayers
  • Identity: Who are we?
    • Beloved child of God
    • Cultivating a sense of Episcopal Identity – What does it mean to be an Episcopalian?
  • Connection with Community
    • Nurturing relationships within our church community and the surrounding neighborhood
    • Fostering mission to the larger community
NURSERY

We offer qualified and compassionate nursery care every Sunday morning for children ages six weeks to four years. From September through May, the nursery is open 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Summer hours are 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. The nursery, which consists of an infant room and a toddler/preschool room, is staffed by two paid workers and additional volunteers. Please contact our Nursery Coordinator, Ashlee Erestain, with any questions or concerns. She can be reached at aeres001@gmail.com.

CHILDREN'S CHAPEL

For our Children’s Chapel, we utilize Godly Play, an interactive method of children's Christian formation. Godly Play uses religious language, parable, sacred story, silence, and liturgical action to help children become more fully aware of God’s presence in their lives. Children's Chapel starts in the church at 10:15 AM, as children process from the church into the Guild Room; it ends when the children are returned to their parents during the passing of the peace. Children ages four through second grade are encouraged to participate. Children in third grade and above may help as Junior Shepherds, and adults are invited to help as teacher assistants or Shepherds.

CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL

We have three Sunday school classes that meet upstairs during the 9:00-10:00 hour from September to May. We have a kindergarten to 2nd grade class, a 3rd to 5th grade class, and a class for middle and high school students. We take some Sundays off during the year so please check the schedule below to know when we have Sunday School and for more details on what we are exploring. We hope you'll join us. Class schedules are available for download by clicking on the link below. To contact Harper Lewis Bathel, Director of Children's and Youth Ministry, email her at hbathel@standrewsnorfolk.org.