Children’s Worship & Church School
Children’s Worship is for children ages 8-10 and takes place during the 10 a.m. service on Sunday mornings. It is held in classroom 15&16, right next to the new Godly Play space and around the corner from the nursery. Children’s Worship is bible-centered and engages children through storytelling and activities. Children are also taught about liturgy, the saints, and prayer as they relate to their everyday lives.
Godly Play is an experiential method of Christian formation and spiritual direction for children based upon the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. What they need is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. Godly Play teaches the art of using Christian language—parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action—in a way that involves the creative process and all the child’s senses as a means to know God and to make meaning in their lives. A Godly Play worship experience invites the children into the liturgical rhythm of greeting, storytelling, response, prayer, feast and sending out. In the Godly Play room, we are surrounded with materials that help us discover the whole story of God.
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St. Peter’s Church has a long-established Godly Play program for children ages 3 through 7. It takes place during the 10 a.m. service each Sunday except the first Sunday of the month. On Godly Play Sundays, children join their families in the church for communion. On first Sundays, children attend the 10 a.m. service with their families.
St. Peter’s has a full-time nursery caregiver named Annie Swafford who has diligently served on Sunday mornings for the last 2 years. The nursery is designed for children who are ages 0-2. The nursery is well stocked with toys and other fun activities to keep children engaged. Care is available from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Sundays and we encourage parents to pick their children up and have them partake in Holy Communion.