The Church School at St. Andrew's welcomes children and youth of all ages in a journey of faith formation that begins at the earliest stages. Our program of worship, study and ministry encompasses:
- Nursery: For infants and toddlers (up to age 2)
- Early Childhood: Preschool through First Grade
- Elementary: Second through Fifth/Sixth Grade
- Youth: Middle and High School
Come for a visit!
Classes are in session mid-September through mid-June. Children are welcome to join at any time during the year. Come to the Welcome Table in the lobby and someone will help you find the appropriate classroom.
Currently, more than 100 students are enrolled in our Church School and Youth programs. The Children and Youth Ministries are supported by a wonderfully talented and dedicated group of teachers. At this time we have 20 adult volunteer teachers and several teen assistants in our program. Clergy, staff and teachers have received the required training in Safeguarding God's Children.
9:15 - 9:45 am: Family Service
Held in the Chapel, the Family Service is a relaxed informal setting for our youngest children and their families to worship together in a traditional Eucharist format each Sunday year-round. It is a joyful, child-friendly worship experience where children are encouraged to express themselves in their own special ways. Children are also invited to visit the Nursery or attend Church School following the family service if parents would like to attend the 10:00 am Holy Eucharist. Learn More
9:45 - 11:30 am: Nursery
For infants through toddlers, age two. Located on the second floor of Parish Hall
9:45 - 10:45 am: Church School Classes
Children preschool through elementary school attend Church School classes at 9:45 am, September through June. Children join their families during the Church service at the Offertory at approximately 10:45 am.
9:45 - 10:45 am: Journey to Adulthood Youth Classes
Youth in middle and high school meet at 9:45 am. Their schedules fluctuate at times as they participate in ministries of the church, outreach activities, volunteer at the Breakfast, and have social outings. Please refer to the Youth page for more detail.
Registered Church School families receive a post card reminder in August indicating the start of the Church School year. If you are new to St. Andrews, please contact the main office to be placed on our mailing list. You may also register on the first day of Church School or throughout the school year.
With the unfolding of the church year, the Church School participates in special activities such as the Blessing of the Animals (for St. Francis of Assisi Day), a St. Nicholas Party in early December, Carnivale just before Lent, and an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday.
Other programs for children include Faith Explorers, which is designed to provide special opportunities for exploring our Episcopal faith.
As part of the Youth program, students have the opportunity to participate in confirmation and a pilgrimage.
Children and youth have the opportunity to share what they have with others through several outreach initiatives. Common outreach activities include volunteering with the Breakfast at St. Andrew's and Habitat for Humanity, raising money with classmates to support local non-profits, participating in CROP Walk, and raising money to be donated to those in need following natural disasters.
Additionally, the entire church school sponsors an international foster child, Kalid Nazif Abajehad from Ethiopia, through PLAN USA. Kalid, who is now 14, lives in Ethiopia with his family.
Many children sing in either the Cherub or Junior Choirs or ring with the Junior Handbell Choir, which perform one or two Sundays a month, as well as at Easter and Christmas.
Learn More about Youth Choirs
St. Andrew's has a very active theatre program, giving children and adults the opportunity to perform in religious productions and popular musical theatre.
Pageants and skits are presented during the Sunday services throughout the year to enhance the Gospel. Each spring, the Church School joins with parish adults to present a spring supper theatre musical - the 2019 musical was The Wizard of Oz.
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