Children

As families come to worship at St. Paul’s, we want them to feel welcomed and loved. The Children & Family Ministry department strives to serve our church family by providing opportunities for Christian growth, service, and fellowship through high-quality programs and special events as well as opportunities for sharing faith at home. Together, we partner in the spiritual formation of your children.

Sunday School starts at 9:45 am sandwiched by our 8:30 am and 11:00 am services. We have a brief time of fellowship before Sunday school for all ages. We encourage you to join us for a cup of coffee in the hallway, drop your kids off at a class for their age, and then sit in on any adult class.

We hope that your family will Connect, Grow, and Serve with us at St. Paul’s!

  • Birth to age 5
    • Infant Room, up to 18 months
    • Toddler Room, 18 months to 3 years
    • Preschool Room, 3 years through Pre-K

The nursery is open for children (birth to 5 years old) from 8:15 am to 12:30 pm for parents participating in church programs on campus. Children of all ages are welcome in all worship services.

  • Age 3 through 1st Grade
    Sundays: 8:30 am and 11:00 am in the Christian Education Room 2-1 (2nd floor)

Family worship is very important at St. Paul’s, but we realize that our youngest members may have a difficult time sitting through an entire service. In Children’s Chapel, children will:

  • Hear the Gospel story in child-friendly language
  • Engage in worship through music
  • Learn the Lord’s Prayer

Children are dropped off right before the service at the Children’s Chapel classroom, located upstairs in the Christian Education Room 2-1. At the appropriate time, they will be led into the service so that you may worship together as a family during the celebration of Holy Communion. Parents may also choose to let their 3 to 5-year-olds stay in the nursery during Communion by indicating at check-in.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

  • Level I: Preschool – 2nd Grade
  • Level II: 3rd grade
  • Level III: 4th & 5th Grade

Held from August through May on Sunday mornings from 9:40 to 10:50 at the second floor of the Parish Hall, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an atrium, a room prepared especially for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the crucial proclamations of the Christian Faith. The atrium is primarily a place of prayer and is intentionally designed with that in mind. The primary aim of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is to involve adults and children in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood are predominant.

The philosophy of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is that even very young children have a religious life. God is present to them in their deepest being, and they can develop both a conscious and intimate relationship with God. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd balances exposure to our liturgy and the richness of our communal sacramental life with reading the Bible.

We believe that there is a deep bond between God and the child, which produces in the child the desire to draw nearer to God. The catechist’s role is to prepare the environment and present materials that “call forth” the child’s response rather than “pour in” information. We listen to the child, and together we ask, “God, who are you? How do you love us?” Each presentation the catechist gives to the children has specific materials with which the children work. These materials are always available to the children during their work time so that there is an added opportunity for the children to absorb it.

Classes are structured to offer a time of prayer and song, a time for the presentation and a time for individual work by the child. The work of the children is their prayer and is the essential part of their time in the atrium.

Club 3-4-5—This is a special community is for third, fourth and fifth graders who regularly gather for fellowship and fun.

LEARN MORE

Have older kiddos? Explore Youth Ministry classes and events.

Looking for you? Choose from a variety of adult classes.

To learn about serving in the children’s ministry, please click here.

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Ministry Team

Children’s Ministry Coordinator
‭(931) 224-8551
Nursery Director
Special Needs Coordinator
(615) 948-2258