Children and Youth Programs

Children and Youth
We are proud of our decades of strong children and youth programming and invite you and your family to join in the fun! If you’re visiting with us for the first time, please ask an usher to direct you to the children’s programs

Inspiring the Next Generation of Episcopalians
St. Mary’s offers a range of programs to teach, enrich, and inspire our children, the lifeblood of our church. We offer Christian Education, centered around our Sunday School, and including Confirmation class, a Children’s Choir, a Youth Choir, an Acolytes group, a post-Confirmation Youth Group, and college scholarships for young women.

Sunday School is coming soon! On Sunday, September 8, we’ll have a “soft opening” of Sunday School with accompanying registration in the courtyard. Here’s what to expect on September 8. The Pre-School will meet as usual–same time, same place, same teachers. Pre-Schoolers (3 to 5-year-olds), will leave church right after the children’s homily and head to the Pre-School room for welcoming  ‘getting to know you” activities. Children in all other grades will remain in the church through Communion.  After receiving Communion they are invited to the Great Room for a group gathering and special activities led by Mike Stafford. On September 15 all classes – Pre-School through Confirmation – will be up and running.  Watch this space for full details.  Meanwhile, don’t forget to fill out a registration form, click below or a fill in a hard copy in the Courtyard.
Nursery and Sunday School Registration       Register for Confirmation

Nursery Care – Nursery Care is available for children up to three years old at the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. school year services and 10:00 a.m. summer services. The Nursery is located on the first floor of Fowler Hall. Infants have a separate space in the nursery, away from the older toddlers. If the older toddlers are interested, basic arts and crafts projects with fun religious themes are available. For more information, contact our Nursery Care Coordinator, Jackie Schroeder, at

Sunday School – Sunday School is offered during the school year at the 9:00 a.m. service to children ages three through sixth grade and the Youth Confirmation Class (grades seven and eight). The three to five year-olds leave after the Children’s Homily to attend pre-school on the first floor of Fowler Hall. After receiving communion, but before the sermon, the older children proceed to their Sunday School classes located in Pixley House and Fowler Hall. Classes run until 10:45 a.m. and parents are asked to pick their children up from their classrooms. For more information, contact our Director of Sunday School, Nancy Clark at (415) 387-7741 or


Confirmation – Confirmation, as defined in The Book of Common Prayer is “a mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism.” At Confirmation, an individual receives the laying on of hands by the bishop, thereby affirming their own faith and visibly connecting to the broader Body of Christ. Youth in grades seven and eight are invited to participate in Confirmation Class during our regular Sunday School time, where they are prepared for the rite of Confirmation celebrated at Grace Cathedral each June. For more information contact Phil Woodworth:

Confirmation Class for 2018

Youth Group/Post-Confirmation Teens – Click here for more information or to get involved with the youth group.

Children’s Choir – During the school year, children in kindergarten through third grade sing in the Children’s Choir which emphasizes vocal and religious training, church liturgy and how to participate appropriately. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. For more information, contact Music Associate and Children’s Choir Director Marla Perkins at

Youth Choir – During the school year, children fourth grade through eighth grade sing in the Youth Choir and once a year perform a musical show during a service. For information on rehearsals, contact Eric Choate at

Acolytes – Being an acolyte is a special ministry that young people perform at the 9:00 am service at St. Mary’s. If you are in the fourth grade or above, you are invited to join. The acolytes are an important part of our worship together at St. Mary’s. As an acolyte, you will represent the youth of this parish in our worship services and be a reminder that all young people have an important part to play in the ministry of the church.

To get involved or learn more, please contact Debbie Veatch at or Sandy Briggs

St. Mary Magdalene Scholarship

Please join us in congratulating the eleven young women from St. Mary’s who have been awarded the St. Mary Magdalene Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year! These scholarships will be applied toward the colleges they are currently/will be attending.

Name                                                School                     
Ainsley Ball                                      Tufts University
Audrey Prescott                              UCLA
Fiona Bean                                       Davidson Honors College
@ University of Montana
Sophie Reynolds                             Cornell University
Corinne Sigmund                            Vassar College
Catherine Silvestri                          Cornell University
Eva Smith                                         UC Santa Barbara
Frances Sutton                                Pomona College
Ginny Woodworth                          Seattle University
Sadie Ray Smith                              Carleton College
Camilla Sigmund                             Georgetown University