When children are baptized into the Church, the entire community pledges to help them to know God and to follow Jesus Christ. All Souls takes that responsibility seriously!
birth through age 3 . . . during the Catechesis Hour & birth through age 1 . . . during worship services
The goal of our Nursery is to provide a nurturing environment where our youngest children can feel safe and become comfortable being at church with their families. During the worship service, we sing songs and tell a Bible story that has an age appropriate message. Providing Nursery care affords the parents of our youngest the opportunity to learn and worship with the peace of mind that their children are safe and content. Parents are encouraged to pick up their children from the Nursery to join them for Communion.
age* 4 through grade 5 . . . during the Catechesis Hour
Sunday School is an opportunity for children to explore the stories of the Bible and learn the basics of the Christian faith at an age-appropriate level. The Catechesis Hour occurs each Sunday during the school year, except for the Sundays before and after Christmas and Easter Sunday. Our pre-schoolers & Kindergartners use the Jesus Storybook Bible (by Sally Lloyd-Jones) for their stories. Our 1st - 3rd graders use Old Testament stories from The Bible Story Handbook (by John H. Walton & Kim Walton) and our 4th & 5th graders use New Testament stories from The Bible Story Handbook.
age* 2 through grade 5 . . . during the worship service
Children's Worship allows our children the opportunity to worship by listening and responding to God's stories, and by developing a life of prayer. We call each worship room an Atrium, because we are welcoming our children into a life of worship. With our Sprouts Atrium (2s and 3s), our liturgy is music-based and surrounds a series of core biblical stories. We use the Young Children & Worship (by Sonja Stewart & Gerome Berryman) and Following Jesus (by Sonja Stewart) stories with our older children as the core of our worship time, and surround them by an abbreviated Anglican liturgy.
age* 4 through grade 5 . . . on Wednesday evenings
vacation bible school
age* 3 through (entering) grade 5 . . . one week in the summertime
For a week each summer, VBS brings children together to do crafts, sing songs, play games and learn how to live into the likeness of Jesus. A wonderful team of teens and adults joins in for the joy of serving children from All Souls and the surrounding neighborhoods. The whole week is covered by prayer and topped off with an ice cream social.