At St. Paul's, we love children. And there are so many of them here! We strive to find ways to make the church experience welcoming and meaningful for all of God's children.
Welcome to Sunday School! We offer a vibrant and welcoming Sunday School program for our preschoolers, elementary children, and youth. Sunday School classes meet during the 10:30am worship service. During the school year (September-May), students attend class with others in their grade. Special music sing-a-longs for our younger students are held in the chapel at different points through the year. Ashley Derr and Amy Brown currently serve as co-superintendents assisting a rotating team of teachers.
Joining a class? Drop-in visitors are always welcome, and children can join a class at any point during the year. If you're new, simply stop at the Visitor's Desk by the main front door and they can point you to the right classroom.
In the summer: June, July, and August feature a “One Room” Sunday School class for children age 3 through 3rd grade.
For the littlest ones: Nursery care is available for children age 2 and under during 9:00 and 10:30 worship year-round. Our professional nursery workers Sandi Wilson, Siobhan McCurry, and DeeDee Murphy love babies and love to care for them. The nursery is located in Room 202.
Finding Your Classroom: For Nursery through Grade 5, take the elevator or use the stairs near the Chapel to reach the second floor. Grades 6-12 are located in the lower level by the Youth Lounge and Multi-Purpose Rooms, easily accessed by taking the stairs near the rear parking lot entrance down a level. Signs on each door (and helpful teachers and parents) can help you locate the specific room for your young student. You'll notice that we also share our classroom space with Brookewood School, an independent girls' school in residence here during the weekdays.
Young singers in Kindergarten through 6th Grade make up our Children's Choir. They rehearse in the Multi-Purpose Room most Sundays at 11:45am (following the 10:30 Worship & Sunday School time). On Children's Sundays, the children raise their voices by singing during the 10:30 worship service. This choir also prepares and presents the annual Christmas Pageant. The choir is led by Linda O'Reilly, Meg Baker, and Elvie Melegrito.
About once a month, we designate a 10:30am Worship service "Children's Sunday." The children's choir sings an anthem. Older children may help lead worship as liturgists. Our pastors prepare a special "Children's Message" and invite all children present to listen to inspired words meant just for them. Following the children's message, the children are welcome to leave the Sanctuary and move to their Sunday School classes for the rest of the worship hour.
We offer a variety of short-term summer opportunities.
Our popular St. Paul's UMC Musical Theatre Camp is already on the schedule! Students Grade 4 and up may apply. Camp dates are July 10-14, 9:00am-3:00pm with a special presentation in both worship services on Sunday, July 16. The cost is $120. Enrollment is limited to 24 participants. Registration forms are available in the church office or by contacting director Robin Mayhew.
Vacation Bible School is still in the planning stages while we try to work around our upcoming building renovation. Typically, VBS is a one-week daytime program with classes for children, youth helper opportunities, and adult leaders sharing stories and messages about the Bible and Christian love through crafts, music, class projects, playtime, and - yes - snacks!
Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes [a] child . . . welcomes me” (Matthew 18:5). Our church participates in the Safe Sanctuaries program to help ensure all young people in our care have a safe experience and build relationships free of abuse of any kind. Adults and teens who work with children must complete a questionnaire and provide information necessary to perform a criminal background check. Additionally, they attend an annual orientation designed to familiarize them with the possible indicators of child abuse and neglect, ways to report concerns, appropriate interactions with children, permissible methods of discipline, standards regarding safety of children and youth, and other applicable procedures.