Our Children’s Ministries program serves children from birth to 5th grade and their families. Our goal is to provide quality programming that encourages children to develop their relationship with God, the church community, and the world around them.
Monthly News From Children's Ministries - February 2018
Sunday, February 4th – Join us for Children’s Chapel at 10:30. We will explore a kid-friendly version of the Liturgy of the Word and then join the congregation at the Peace. THERE IS NO SUNDAY SCHOOL ON THIS SUNDAY.
This month in Sunday School we are exploring stories of Compassion in the Old Testament and preparing for Lent.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14th. There are several options for family Lenten Disciplines on our website under ‘Resources.’ http://www.stchristophers-mn.org/family.html .
I do want to highlight two particular Lenten resources:
Make Room, A child’s Guide to Easter and Lent, by Laura Alary. This is a great book that helps families look at Lent as a time to Make Time, Make Space, and Make Room. The book is readily available online and in bookstores. Unfortunately, it is not available at Ramsey County Libraries.
An Illustrated Lent for Families - see Marion for a printed copy (or she can send you the PDF). The seven weeks of devotions are meant to be done over a family dinner, or before bedtime. Each devotion is just one page and includes a scripture, some questions (a few very accessible ones and some Going Deeper questions as well), a suggested activity/practice to focus on during the week, and a short prayer. Also included are weekly signs that correspond to that week’s devotions. On the sign will be a space for the family to write in what they decide to try and work on during the week, based on the activity/practice from the week’s devotion. Then the sign can be placed somewhere visible in the home, so everyone remembers what they are working on. There is also a coloring sheet each week. You can use as much or as little of the devotion as you like.
Looking Ahead! Vacation Bible School July 23-27, 9am-noon
Mark your calendars and invite your friends! This program is for age 3 – 5th grade. Details and registration will be available after Easter. You can see information and pictures from previous VBS programs here: http://www.stchristophers-mn.org/vbs.html
Children in Liturgy
We encourage families to sit near the front of the church so that they can see what is happening throughout the service. We welcome children of all ages, and we understand that this means a little more noise and commotion. We welcome families to sit on the left side of the church up front where we have a special family space. Here the children can see what is happening at the altar. You will find some quiet activities of children of all ages, and there are also worship bags that you may pick up in the Narthex. We do ask that families clean up the space before they leave.
At the end of each service the Deacon invites all children to join her at the baptismal font for the dismissal. In addition, we encourage children to sign up to be Gift Bearers and Acolytes