Children & Youth
Our mission is to provide a safe and caring environment to guide and nurture our children and youth in their relationship with God and realize his unconditional love through Bible stories, worship and prayer. This includes Sunday morning traditional Sunday school, children’s chapel during the service and a children’s sermon. We want to make sure that there is something in every worship service for children. We also have music classes for children and youth through our music academy. Information on that can be found on our Music Academy link.
Sunday Morning Classes
Classes meet Sunday mornings at 9:15 in the parish house on the second floor of the Sunday school wing September through May.
Infants to 4 years old; we provide a safe loving and playful environment staffed by two paid trained caregivers.
For ages 4 through 5th grade. Our dedicated leaders nurture the children’s relationship through a combined lesson of Godly play, a hands on Montessori based method and interactive curriculum that leads children into Bible stories. Lessons are based on the liturgical calendar explaining the different seasons, colors and celebrations during the church year.
For 6th grade through 12th grade. This group uses a curriculum called: Soul Tending. The lessons offer ways for participants to engage in practices of the Christian faith in everyday life. The lessons introduce the key disciplines of spiritual life. The youth participate in outreach projects such as Night’s Welcome and Downtown Hampton Lunch Program. We also have a youth representative on our vestry.
Sunday Morning During the Service
Ages 4 through 10 is offered during the 10:30am service on Sunday morning the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month. The children leave the service after the Gospel reading and return during the Passing of the Peace. This allows the children to skip the wordiest parts of the service. The leaders offer an age appropriate lesson based on the lectionary of the day. Adults and youth are invited to help as leaders or assistants.
A short sermon is offered during the 10:30am service on the second and fourth Sundays of the month prior to the sermon. Children are invited to join the priest on the altar steps for a lesson specifically oriented to them.
Children 10 and older are invited to participate in the liturgy as acolytes. Training is provided and it is a great opportunity to see the liturgy up close.
On the 5th Sunday of the month, our youth are the scheduled readers for the Sunday lessons. Training is provided.
Safe Church & Background Checks
All staff, leaders and volunteers have completed the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia Safe Church Training. Safe Church provides leaders with the training to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable in our community, which includes our children and youth. All those who work with our children and youth are also required to complete a background check before working with children.