The mission of our Church School is to nurture the gift of faith
as we share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Each year we continue to fulfill this mission by learning about the Bible, participating in the liturgical services, reaching out to others, and making new friends at St. Andrew's.
The Church School at St. Andrew's encompasses children age three through elementary school. Those in middle and high school participate in our youth program.
The Church School offers an integrated program of faith formation, through worship, lessons, outreach, ministry, and community, providing an environment that truly nurtures the gift of faith in all ages.
Our curriculum is framed to help children of all ages know God, instead of only knowing about God.
Our youngest members of the Church School participate in the Godly Play program, which is based on a Montessori approach to the “wonder of worship.” Godly Play® recognizes that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. Teacher’s facilitate appropriate language, parables, silence, sacred stories and liturgy through “shared wonderings” to help identify, nurture, and guide a young child’s spiritual quest.
To see a full overview of the Godly Play program, visit godlyplayfoundation.org.
During the elementary years, teachers and learners focus on both faith and practice using thematic curriculum materials that follow the Biblical narrative and liturgical orientation. Young learners also come to know Episcopal customs and practices. The creative weaving of scripture, sacraments and church themes, serve in the discovery of God within oneself, one another and the world, as well as create experiences for participation in worship and the liturgy.
Faith Explorers is a special series of on-site field trips, held after the 10:00 am service throughout the year, to provide children with the opportunity to explore the treasures of Episcopal life.
Clergy and teachers lead elementary age children on "treasure hunts" learning the history of St. Andrew's Church, stories within our stained glass windows, the liturgical colors, vestments and more!
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