At St. Alban’s, the formation of our children is a high priority. While we know that a significant amount of a child’s faith comes from the home, we aim to provide excellent children’s formation throughout the year to complement the formation that is ongoing in a child’s life. Our goal is to help children easily point to the love of God in their lives.
Registration for Sunday School
Online registration for the 2017-2018 program year (Nursery to Grade 5) can be found here. Please complete a separate form for each child being enrolled. Thanks!
Nursery care is provided on the 1st floor of the Rectory during the Christian Education hour on Sundays from 9:00 to 11:05 a.m. The nursery is available for infants and any children up to age 3 who aren’t quite ready for our 2s & 3s Class.
2s & 3s
Children begin attending this class at age 2 1/2, with open enrollment throughout the year. Our sessions follow the basic pattern of Christian worship – i.e. we gather, work with Bible stories, share a feast/snack time, and pray. Children may work with story materials or choose other activities that help focus their attention. We have created special rituals around entering and leaving the room, beginning and cleaning up work, sharing snack and praying together that help the children grow more comfortable as a group and learn what is expected of them as members of a Christian community. Throughout this experience, they learn habits of listening, prayer and careful attention that we will continue to build on as they grow.
Children from PreK up through 5th Grade meet on Sundays during the school year from 10:15 to 11:05 a.m. for Godly Play. Godly Play is a method of Christian formation and spiritual guidance used primarily, but not exclusively with children. The goal is to teach the art of using religious language - parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action - to help us all become more aware of the mystery of God's presence in our lives. Bible stories are told with objects and encourage listeners to enter into the stories and relate them to their personal experience. Sessions also include an art response, prayer, feast (snack) and gathering time.
For our 4th and 5th Graders, we follow the basic pattern of Godly Play while adjusting as appropriate for older children. We develop greater biblical literacy, while incorporating more advanced art options as well as greater opportunities for movement and outreach.
For more on any of our Sunday School programs, please email the Rev. Emily Griffin.
The liturgy of the Episcopal Church is active and participatory. In Children’s Chapel, our youngest parishioners experience worship at their pace and in their language, though story, prayer and song. Parents share in the leadership of the service. We meet at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall (10:00 a.m. in the summer).
The children join in the Eucharist at the Peace. All children are welcome; a parent usually remains with children under age 3. For more information, email Michael Oliphant.