Children & Youth Spiritual and Faith Formation

Children & Youth Spiritual and Faith Formation

We want our young people to be formed in their faith so they have a strong foundation which allows them to reflect upon their life experiences in the light of Christ and most importantly, to come to know about God and also know of God deep within their heart.

We invite you to come and experience our life-long formation at St. Andrew’s, which begins with our littlest ones. Our parish focus is to provide a safe church environment, led by dedicated and caring teachers and guided by the spiritual leadership of our priest Mother Barbara, so that each person may fully grow into the person God has created them to be.

Godly Play Formation

Godly Play (for children age 2 to 6 years old). Meets every Sunday of the month from 9:30-9:50 a.m. in Godly Play Classroom (near restrooms). Godly Play is a Montessori-based, intentionally spiritual and creative program developed by Jerome Berryman, an Episcopal priest. The curriculum encourages children to experience and be with God (which they do naturally, anyway) through hands-on lessons, demonstrations of Bible stories, creative expressions through art, and teaching a reverential approach to God. To learn more about Godly…

Coffee Hour For Kids

When we asked the parents what they were looking for in faith formation for their young people, we heard very strongly they want weekly gatherings on Sunday to build community, study scriptures, sing together, explore prayer and crafts, continue to deepen youth involvement in worship, and to have family events that are related to mission. These results are amazing and wonderful — and we have responded by building a program to include all of these yearnings and which will provide…

Knowing the Bible

We rejoice that parents of our young people want them to know the Bible — to know about the Bible and to know how the Bible connects to their lives. This is great news since we believe God speaks to us through the sacred scripture. We will be offering scripture study once a month for all our young people (2nd Sunday of the month). We will be using the following texts: CEB Common English Deep Blue Kids Bible Bright Sky geared…

Spiritual Practices

We also care deeply about the spiritual formation of our young people through prayer and motion. Each Sunday, as part of the “Coffee Hour for Kids” formational time together, they will learn a spiritual practice that will encourage them to listen to and learn about God. Spiritual practices will include lectio divina, contemplative prayer, walking the labyrinth, chanting, the examen prayer, and contemplative coloring. We’re always looking for ways to deepen our young people’s sense of the presence of God.

Youth Mini-Mission Events

Youth Mini-Mission Events are for our young people ages 9-18 and their friends and families. We often hold the events on Saturday or Sunday late afternoon or evening.  The Catechism found in our Book of Common Prayer states the mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. It further states the Church pursues its mission as it prays, worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love. This is…

Youth Involvement in Worship– is always encouraged!

We encourage all of our young people to be in the worship service. We want their presence and their voices and their engagement. We really do believe, even with the squirming and the running down the aisle and the “making of a joyful noise”, they are absorbing the deep truth of God found in worship and we celebrate their time with us with joyful hearts. Our young people serve as greeters, crucifers, acolytes, gospel book bearers, lectors, musicians — and…

Youth Instrumentalists

One of our greatest delights in the past few years is the number of our young people who play their instruments as part of our worship service. We recognize the enormous gift that this is to our congregation, both in seeing our young people really putting themselves out there for the congregation in their playing, for we all know how vulnerable that can feel to play in front of a crowd, and for them to have the opportunity to bring…

Confirmation Classes

The Episcopal Church looks at confirmation as a “mature affirmation of one’s faith”, often viewed as affirming the vows made on one’s behalf in baptism. Rather than knowing and adhering to a static set of knowledge or belief system about God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), a more holistic way to view confirmation is a willing engagement in wanting to know and explore their relationship with God (asking all those good questions), wanting to be disciples of Jesus (love one…

Diocesan Youth Events

Our young people have the opportunity to join with other young people from the diocese (the group of parishes connected geographically and shepherded by our bishop) for Diocesan Youth Events. It’s a wonderful way for our young people to join with others for retreats and a sharing of their faith journeys. For more information on these events, please click here for the Diocesan Youth Page. Upcoming opportunities are: Trail to Truth: Pilgrimage of Racial Reconciliation- 10/11-10/14 Diocesan Convention: “Creating Your…