Children and Youth Programs
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.
St. Mary’s is delighted to introduce a new weekly virtual family worship service at 9:00 a.m. starting October 4th! Here are the highlights of the worship service:
- Zoom meeting format to allow active participation
- Fun, interactive music offered by Marla Perkins, Mike Stafford, and others
- Contemporary translation of scripture
- Interactive children’s homilies led by clergy, Sunday school teachers, and our regular children’s homilists.
- Interactive prayers of the people.
- Approximately 30 minutes in length.
- Informal “goldfish ½ hour” afterward, an optional time for families to check with each other.
Rev. David will preach at the first service, and as it is St. Francis Day, we invite you to have your pets with you! If you have any questions, please reach out to Rev. Marguerite at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nancy Clark at email@example.com.
From it’s very beginning as a local Sunday School, St. Mary’s has sought to honor God’s presence in the “little ones like these,” and it is a delight to continue to serve them and their families in unique ways in this unique time.
You can view Sunday School Lessons and Homilies by clicking links below:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Homilists – In this ministry, we take turns during the school year leading children in a very brief lesson and discussion during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday service, just after the Gospel is read. No prior experience needed; you just need to love and connect well with kids. We will arrange a training before you start, and you can take a turn a few times a year or more often if you like.
Contact: Meredith Peake – email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
Youth Group/Post-Confirmation Teens – Click here for more information or to get involved with the youth group.
St. Mary’s is an affiliate of the Royal School of Church Music, which offers a first-rate formational curriculum with singing at its foundation. We teach vocal technique in the context of group singing with special emphasis on music from our Anglican heritage; we teach children to break down social barriers and build community; we teach manners, conduct, and self-awareness with respect to the group surrounding; we teach discipline, focus, and critical thinking; and we teach singing for the pure enjoyment of music. What we offer these young children is the foundation for a life-long relationship with the Church, and indeed with God. Our Children’s and Youth Choir sing weekly for the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist throughout the scholastic year. Our Kindergarten Choir is a training ensemble, which is a wonderful introduction to participation in the worship service. They vest and process every week, singing with the Children’s Choir approximately once a month. Kindergarten Choristers rehearse Thursday afternoons from 3:45-4:15. The Children’s Choir is open to all boys and girls from grades 1-3, and the Youth Choir from grade 4 though 12. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Acolytes – Youth acolytes are key leaders in worship during each 9am Sunday service, inspiring parishioners of all ages as torch bearers, Eucharistic servers, and as Crucifers, as well as leading the procession of the altar party. If you are in 4th through 12th grade, you are eligible to join. Older acolytes may be trained as a thurifer, wielding incense in special services, or to get to serve as an associate acolyte coordinator, assisting in shepherding the team. We will work with the young people and parents to ensure flexibility of schedule.
St. Mary Magdalene Scholarship
Please join us in congratulating the twelve 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 and School
Isabella Albert – Agnes Scott
Ainsley Ball – Tufts University
Fiona Bean – University of Montana/Davidson Honors
Elizabeth Hayashi – Macalester College
Virginia Norris – Pitzer College
Camilla Sigmund – Georgetown
Catherine Silvestri – Cornell University
Eva Smith – University of California Santa Barbara
Stella Smith – San Francisco State University
Sadie Ray Smith – Carleton College
Frances Sutton – Pomona College
Ginny Woodworth – Seattle University