All Kids! —our Children’s Ministry at All Saints Church—is structured to offer thoughtful and fun Sunday morning Christian education for children from birth through elementary school. Many of us who work in and lead All Kids! have children, so we know how challenging it can be to find a place where the whole family can worship, learn, and grow in Christ together. It is our earnest prayer that All Saints Church will be a place where parents and children alike are engaged in spiritual growth and encouraged to love and serve the Lord.
Vision and Mission
All Saints Church makes every effort to provide a safe and secure environment for children who participate in our programs and ministries. In our service to children, we seek to fulfill wholeheartedly our baptismal covenant to
- Persevere in resisting evil,
- Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ,
- Seek and serve Christ in all persons, and
- Respect the dignity of every human being.
Our mission at All Saints Church is to become and make disciples of Jesus Christ—people who worship God in spirit and truth, who grow together in mutual love and ministry, and who serve our local community in word and deed.
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All Kids! Sunday Morning Ministries
Infant and Toddler Nurseries
Our infant and toddler nurseries are available during both services for children from birth to age three. Children may be dropped off 15 minutes prior to the worship service. The nurseries are staffed by both paid staff and adult and youth volunteers from the church.
Portable cribs are available in the infant nursery for children needing to sleep during the service. Rocking chairs are also available for nursing mothers. In the toddler nursery, in addition to plenty of playtime, our one- and two-year-olds use a simple curriculum from David C. Cook to begin to learn the essential stories of our faith.
We want children to be involved in and connected to the worship life of the church. Our Children’s Church program, offered during the second service, enables children to participate with their parents and the rest of the congregation in dynamic, whole-hearted, and sacramental worship while also providing biblical teaching and age-appropriate activities with peers.
Our preschool/kindergarten class, which meets beginning at 10:15 a.m. in the Annex, uses a curriculum called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This is a Montessori-style approach to the religious formation of children that is rooted in the bible and the liturgy of the church. Children gather in an “atrium,” a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials for them to use. The curriculum is quiet and contemplative while still very hands-on, child-sized and accessible while remaining solidly scriptural and not oversimplified. Children return to their parents in time for communion.
Children in our lower elementary (1st through 3rd grade) and upper elementary (4th and 5th grade) classes begin the worship service with their parents and are dismissed to Children’s Church just after the collect for the children. Along with the preschoolers and kindergarteners, they return to the service in time for communion. Our lower elementary class uses a curriculum called Feasting on the Word, which is a lectionary-based curriculum that emphasizes the fundamental stories of our faith, their applications in the children’s lives, and the unique and essential rhythms of the church year. Our upper elementary class uses the David C. Cook Anglican curriculum, a bible-based, Christ-centered curriculum that encourages children to interact with scripture, both in the classroom and in their daily lives.
Kids and Communion
Each year during Lent (February-April), we offer our Kids and Communion class. This 6-8 week class co-taught by a member of the clergy and our children’s minister is designed to prepare children to receive the sacrament authentically. Children in first grade and older who have been baptized are invited to participate. One parent is required to accompany each child to class every week. Children receive their first communion on Easter Sunday.
In addition to our Sunday morning programs, we periodically plan special events to allow families a chance to spend time together. From Christmas plays and cookouts, to Easter egg hunts and special seminars, there are many chances for family fun and spiritual formation at All Saints Church!
If you have questions or for more information, contact
Daniele Berman, Children's Minister