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 3 to 8 years old). Meets the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th (if there is one) Sunday of the month from 9-9:45 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…

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…

Children’s Labyrinth

We also care deeply about the spiritual formation of our young people through prayer and motion. They decorated their very own labyrinth and are encouraged to use this spiritual practice to listen to and learn about God. We offered a wonderful time for them when we used the labyrinth as a pathway through the Stations of the Cross during Lent. We’re always looking for ways to deepen our young people’s sense of the presence of God.

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 and we want them to be fed with the rhythm and ritual of our liturgy. We do offer activity bags, with items especially designed for them to enter more deeply into the worship in a way that is most appropriate for their age. These purple bags are found just as you enter the red doors. However, we…

Youth Mini-Mission Events

Youth Mini-Mission Events are for our young people ages 9-18 and their friends. 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 the reason…

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…

Pre-Confirmation Class

Pre-Confirmation Classes (9-12 year olds) – Meets Sunday at 11:15 a.m. on the last Sunday of the month, in the Upper Parish Life Center. We understand that faith formation is a life-long and ongoing process. We’re never done! Nor should we ever take a break from our formation and learning. Therefore, we have just begun offering pre-confirmation classes for our young people, approximately 9-12 years old, which focus on the Book of Common Prayer, and most specifically the Order of…

Youth Choir

For 3-12 year olds – Meets Sunday at 9 a.m. on the 3rd Sunday of the month, in the Parish Life Center by the piano. We at St. Andrew’s love our children to be actively participate and assist in leading our worship, offering them many opportunities beyond the tradition roles of crucifer and acolyte. One invitation we offer is for our young people to sing during our worship services, usually on the major feast celebrations such as Christmas Eve, Easter,…

Building Faith: Brick by Brick

Meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month, in the Godly Play II Room (in the hallway near the restrooms). For ages 9-12.  Our young people, after hearing the sacred stories and offering an art response through Godly Play for a number of years, now come together, to hear the stories again, selected with real intention, to hear them anew, and to offer an art response, this time through Legos. It’s…

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: Happening #11 – A retreat for Senior High Youth (and their friends)-…