Children’s & Youth Programs
St. Bede’s Sunday morning children’s and youth programs take place in Wyatt Hall, on the west side of the courtyard. (The church is on the south side of the courtyard.)
The Children’s and Youth Ministry program for the 2017-2018 school year will explore an agricultural theme of “Tending and Growing God’s Creation.” Our lesson plans will follow the liturgical calendar and the lectionary—the church’s seasons and the weekly Scripture lessons. Children and youth will be learning about the same lessons read in worship services.
Begins at 10:15am
Our younger children, aged about 3-6, enjoy learning through Godly Play. The program includes visual Bible and liturgical storytelling that is designed to activate reflection through artistic expression. Godly Play this year will be generally guided by the liturgical calendar and the lectionary.
Our older children, in grades 2 through 5, are using Weaving God’s Promises, a curriculum written for The Episcopal Church. The class time includes gathering, lesson time, reflection through activities, artistic expression, and preparation for participation in worship. This allows the children to really begin to seek an adult understanding of faith formation.
During Sunday’s 10:15 service, infants and toddlers may be cared for in our professionally staffed nursery, just steps away from the church sanctuary. Our nursery is equipped with a variety of storytelling and imaginative playtime equipment to engage children for their earliest church experiences. Engagement with the lectionary takes the form of reading and creative play among the older children in this group.
Begins at 10:00am
Youth group meetings begin with a check-in and continue with worship and reflection time, followed by planning time for missional service and activities. Local service opportunities will include organizing parish-wide engagement, experiences of interfaith and ecumenical youth group service in the community, and growing awareness of the place of faith in the world. Local projects will help our youth prepare for a one-week pilgrimage and mission trip next summer with Sierra Service Project to San Diego.