To the parents of small children, may we suggest:
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don't feel you have to suppress it when we meet together as His family. We believe that children belong in worship, because faith is "caught" and not "taught." What better way for your children to know what faith is all about than to be a full part of a faith community?
If you would like, sit toward the front where it is easier for little ones to see and hear what is going on during worship.
Feel free to leave the service with your child if you need to, but please come back. As Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me."
Remember that the way we respond to children in the church directly affects the way they respond to the church, to God, and to one another. Let them know they are at home in this service of praise, thanksgiving, and sacrament.
Children give adults the gifts of trust, awe, and new viewpoints. Adults share wisdom, experience, and acceptance.
Located on the lower level at the opposite end of the hallway from the elevator our nursery is for infants and toddlers up to age 3.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is for children 3 years to 4th grade. "The center of catechesis is a place of celebrating the word of God, for listening, praying, and reflecting together, for meditating and working. Its aim is to be a special 'Holy place,' which supports children's spiritual development." - Sophia Cavaletti, co-founder Catachesis of the Good Shepherd
Episcopal Youth Fellowship (EYF) is a Sunday ministry for youth in middle and high school. We eat lunch and then do an activity such as bowling, giant board games, or go to Dollywood. We also participate in diocesan events such as Knoxville Episcopal Youth (KEY) and retreats at Grace Point Camp & Retreat Center.
Available in the narthex, these boxes are for children to use during church services.
During the summer, we offer a short, informal service for all children. The children join in the regular Sunday service with their families, and then follow a cross out of the church before the sermon. They read short books, color, and learn how Jesus and God are with us at all times. Children return to the service just before the Peace.
Classes are available for children and youth in 5th through 12th grade.
Vacation Bible School
Toward the end of summer break, we offer a short vacation bible school from rising kindergartners through 12th graders. Dinner is provided and the participants eat, sing, do crafts, and play!
In May, usually coinciding with Mother's Day, the youth are invited to read the lessons and preach a sermon!
Parents' Night Out
Meets on the third Friday of each month. Childcare is provided.