Programs for Children

“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

Matthew 19:14

CONTACT: Laura Dolch, Children’s Ministries Coordinator

          (273-5971, lauradolch@stpaulsithaca.org)

 

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INFANTS AND TODDLERS (ages 0-2)

Infants and toddlers are welcome in the Sunday morning worship service, and in age-specific childcare rooms. Childcare is available from 9:15 am – 12:00 pm (10:00 am – 12:00 pm during the summer). The childcare room for infants and toddlers is in the back corner of the church on the main floor (down the hallway from the kitchen / Memorial Room, on the left).

 

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FAITH DISCOVERY GROUP (ages 3-4)

The Faith Discovery Group explores Bible stories in the context of some weekly routines that provide a safe, predictable setting for preschoolers. Each week our Teacher leads the children in song, games, a craft, a Bible story, and supervises free play. Bible stories are presented with hands-on activities that engage the children using a variety of learning styles. This program takes place in the large classroom on the main floor.

 

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FAITH EXPLORERS (grades K-6)

Faith Explorers is the exciting Christian Education program that uses a variety of learning paths to help reinforce Bible stories for our children. They hear storytelling, create art projects in the Carpenter’s Workshop, and put on puppet shows to tell Bible stories. They also visit the Temple, the Mission Well, the Promised Land, and Our Daily Bread Cafe for music, drama, nature, and cooking projects that enable them to experience Bible Stories using all of their senses.

WHEN: Sunday mornings during the 10:30 am worship service. Children go to worship with their families, leaving for their classes after the Time with Young Christians (~10:45 am). Faith Explorers classes end at about 11:45 am, and the children will be reunited with their parents in the Memorial Room – or parents can find their children outside their workshop space in the Bible Village.

On Family Worship Sundays (about every 6 weeks), children remain in the worship service, allowing intergenerational worship as a community.

CHILDREN’S MUSIC GROUP

Elementary school-aged children (Kindergarten-6th grade) have fun while learning to sing Christian songs of faith, performing in church approximately once per month. Rehearsals: Sunday mornings 9:45 am – 10:15 am, in the “Promised Land” room, downstairs.

ACOLYTE PROGRAM

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Children in Grades 2-8 are invited to take part in training and then serve as Acolytes for the church. Acolytes meet near the coat room by the Memorial Room each Sunday at 10:20 am. Acolytes carry the cross, candle lighters, Bible and other worship symbols into into the sanctuary. They also have a special role during Advent and at Christmas. Please contact the church office (273-5971, office@stpaulsithaca.org) if your child would like to be an Acolyte.

SUMMER SCHEDULE FOR CHILDREN

Children entering Grades 1-6 participate in “Backyard Bible Club”.  They gather in the Carpenter’s Shop (downstairs) after Time with Young Christians in the worship service. They meet for a Bible story, craft or game, and then enjoy supervised play on the playground.

Childcare will be provided for children entering Kindergarten and younger from 10:00 am until noon on Sundays. Children can be dropped off in the classroom in the back corner of the church on the main floor (down the hallway from the kitchen / Memorial Room, on the left).

SUMMER CAMP

Many children from St. Paul’s attend summer camp at Casowasco (near Moravia, NY), or other United Methodist camps in the area. This experience is often a highlight of their summers! Summer camp brochures are available in the church hallway usually beginning in about March, or you can visit the website www.casowasco.org to find out more.

A group of St. Paulians works extremely hard to raise money during the year in order to provide campership awards. Families at St. Paul’s can apply for these awards, which help offset some of the cost of summer camp.

Click HERE to view / print the Campership Award Guidelines.

Click HERE to view / print the Campership Application Form.

SAFE SANCTUARY POLICY

 Click HERE to read about St. Paul’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.

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