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.
Our bright and engaging nursery is for infants and toddlers up to 3 years. The nursery was refreshed with fresh paint and new toys and books in late 2022.
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 St. Stephen’s social activities program and is eligible for youth from sixth through twelfth grades. EYF meets most Sunday afternoons during the school calendar year following Sunday School. Activities include hiking in nearby trails, playing board games at the church, bowling, and watching movies in the youth room. We also participate in diocesan events with other area Episcopal Church youth groups as well as retreats at Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center.
Available in the narthex (at the entrance to the Nave), these boxes are for children to use during church services.
Classes are available for children and youth in 5th through 12th grade.
In May, usually coinciding with Mother's Day, the youth are invited to read the lessons and preach a sermon!
Each Sunday 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 service before the sermon. They read short books, work on crafts, and learn how Jesus and God are with us at all times. Children return to their families in the Nave after the sermon and in time for birthday and anniversary blessings.