We welcome your entire family on Sunday mornings and want the church to be a welcoming place for all children where they can learn of God’s love and grace and learn to be a part of a church family. Some of the options below may be on hold until COVID restrictions are lifted. It’s best to check with the church office at 804-355-1779 to see what is currently available.
- Childcare is available during the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Sunday services for infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers.
- Childcare is also offered during the Sunday morning Christian Education hour, Wednesday night programs, and other special services.
This ministry is made possible by parent volunteers and experienced caregivers who provide a comforting environment of play and fellowship for our youngest parishioners.
Children’s Christian Education
Sunday School classes are offered for all children, ages two through fifth grade, during the Christian Education hour from 10:15 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. If you need to send information about your children, please use this form.
Hands On Bible for 2-3 year-olds
In this interactive curriculum children are introduced to a new Bible story or theme every three to four weeks. Through storytelling, songs, games, and crafts they explore these age appropriate lessons.
Godly Play for 4-5 year olds, kindergarten and first grade
The Godly Play curriculum is based on storytelling and wondering. Using the language of religion that children understand they explore lessons from the Bible and our faith tradition. The children are welcomed into the sacred space of the Godly Play classroom and experience sacred stories, parables, and liturgical action.
Growing in Faith for Second through fifth grades
The Growing in Faith Workshop Rotation Model offers our elementary children a way to experience scriptural stories and faith lessons through varied types of learning. Workshops from art, cooking, games, music, science, storytelling, and video are used to revisit the same story over a period of three or four weeks. By participating in a variety of workshops this program emphasizes active learning and helps children connect spiritual lessons to their own lives.
Children are welcome at all worship services. A children’s homily led by a clergy member is offered in the Children’s Chapel during the 9:00 a.m. service. Children’s Chapel is designed and most meaningful for children pre-K through third grade. Younger children may participate when accompanied by an adult. Children are invited to observe the celebration of the Eucharist on the chancel rug or at the altar rail. All baptized children are welcome to receive communion.
If you need additional information on any of our children’s programs, please contact Becky Page, Director of Children’s Ministries, at 355-1779, ext. 314
Youth Group Meetings
Sunday Youth Group meet ups are offered in conjunction with the school calendar year, typically from September through April.
Two youth groups are offered each Sunday: JYF (junior youth fellowship) for middle schoolers in grades 6-8, and SYF (senior youth fellowship) for high schoolers in grades 9-12. Social interactions are developmentally essential for teenagers as they seek to discover their own identity, so our youth groups focus on relationships and social interactions with other peers and adults from our church community. We share stories, play games, build friendships, and grow in our faith together through these things, video, discussions, and by putting our faith into action through service projects. If a young person prefers to watch but not contribute (hello introverts), there’s still space for all to be present too without any requirement to participate. We meet for about 45-60 minutes most Sundays. Have other questions? Please contact Mary Beth Abplanalp, Director of Youth Ministry, at email@example.com.
Family Library at St. James’s
Opened in the fall of 2011, the Family Library at St. James’s is on the second floor of Michaux House. This library has a variety of books for children of all ages from specific Bible heroes to Christmas stories to faith-centered fiction. There is something for everyone. The library is open each Sunday morning, as well as on Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. through church dinner. In addition to books you can check out, the library also offers a “Celebrate a Child” program where you can purchase a designated book for our library in honor of a child’s baptism, birthday, confirmation or any other special event. Name plates honoring the child will be placed in these books before the books are placed in the Family Library. These special books will be a great blessing to all our readers. Many thanks to Laura Strickler and Marsha Carter for their amazing ministry in organizing this space for the children of St. James’s. If you are interested in learning more about the library: either how to help or how to donate, please contact Becky Page at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 355-1779, ext. 314.