Education for Children & Youth
Christian faith is a journey that takes a lifetime...
Children's Education and Formation
One purpose of children’s ministry is to build a “library” of hymns, songs, scripture, and prayers -- the "classics" as well as those created specifically for children, even those whose words are rich and mysterious, and which kids (or their parents!) may not entirely understand.
Children who have heard and experienced Bible stories, who know our hymns, have been present at the Eucharist and have heard the words at Baptism, will have the building blocks on which to discuss, when they are older, the matters of faith and life. The language and practice of our faith is becoming a part of them.
We know our rich Christian tradition is the best mental food for our children's eager brains; we offer as much as possible so they can grow up with a ready-made library from which to draw.
Youth @ St. James'
Does St. James' have a Youth Group?
Yes! We encourage 7th-12th graders to find ways of making the church their own. We want our teenagers to know that they belong to the church and that the church belongs to them. Friends are always welcome! If you are a newcomer, we can't wait to meet you! Youth Group meets every Sunday from 10:15 until 11:00 a.m. to tackle the intersection of faith and life in a community where all are known, supported, and loved.
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How are teenagers formed and informed at St. James'?
Youth can usher, acolyte, sing, and read at every 9:10 a.m. service (during the academic year). Service and special opportunities abound for both traditional and creative involvement:
On the last Sunday of the month, the Youth Group and 6th/7th grade class gather in the Kitchen for a "John 21 Breakfast," where they prepare and eat their favorite foods together.
On the second Friday of each month during the academic year (September - May) the Youth Group hosts the Friday Dinner Program, for which they prepare and serve a meal for 90 homeless and low-income guests.
Throughout the year, middle- and high school students participate in special events including overnights at the church and trips out of town, the annual Christmas Pageant and Good Friday Children's service, a Superbowl Party, Talent Show, and more.
What about Confirmation?
In 8th grade, Church School students prepare for Confirmation. The Rite of Confirmation is described in the Book of Common Prayer as “the mature reaffirmation of baptismal vows.” Confirmation is an opportunity to explore one's identity as a Christian through education classes, leadership in worship, regular service, and relationships in community. In late April or early May, the Bishop visits St. James' and confirms those students (and adults) who wish to re-affirm their Christian faith.