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.
The St. Mary Magdalene Scholarship will be awarded to 9 college women from our parish for the 2018-19 school year. A total of $43,000 will be awarded to the following young women who have all been actively involved in the life of St. Mary the Virgin and have demonstrated exceptional service, commitment and participation in its youth programs throughout the years.
The recipients and where they will be next year:
- Ginny Woodworth – Sophomore at Seattle University
- Frances Sutton – Sophomore at Pomona College
- Sophie Reynolds – Junior at Cornell University
- Ainsley Ball – Sophomore at Tufts University
- Eva Smith – Sophomore at University of California at Santa Barbara
- Audrey Prescott – Junior at University of California at Los Angeles; Audrey will be doing a semester abroad in the fall of 2018 at University College London
- Corinne Sigmund – Junior at Vassar College
- Catherine Silvestri – Freshman at Cornell University
- Fiona Bean – Sophomore at University of Montana
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.
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 email@example.com.
The 5th and 6th graders are doing follow-up to previous Creation and St. Francis lessons and considering what it means to be ‘good stewards of creation.’ They’ll be conducting a survey based on our St. Mary’s Green Honor Roll guidelines to determine our progress as environmental stewards. You can download the survey for yourselves.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.