It used to be said, “Children are the Church of tomorrow,” but children and youth, along with adults, are the Church of today. Ministry with children and youth – their learning, fellowship, and nurture in the faith – is central to the life of our parish and to the larger Church.
Children and youth whose families are new to St. Peter’s are welcome to immediately join in any Sunday School and Youth Group activities.
Godly Play helps children become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.
Developed by author, teacher, and Episcopal priest, Jerome W. Berryman, Godly Play is offered in many denominations in the United States (Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, etc.). Designed for children ages 2 through 12, Godly Play has been classroom tested since 1972. Deeply spiritual and highly creative, Godly Play uses the Montessori approach to education in order to stimulate children’s active participation in story and ritual, and to awaken their creativity for the learning of the language, sacred stories, parables, liturgical action, and silence of the Christian tradition. St. Peter’s is fortunate to have a highly trained teacher who leads the Godly Play class with kind and loving assistants. Our Godly Play program is offered from September thru May.
It is important for the youth of the parish to come together for times of fellowship and outreach in order to build relationships among themselves, with other members of the parish, and with members of the community in which they live. It’s also important that they have fun! St. Peter’s youth participate in a variety of activities, including the preparation of food baskets and the creation of colorful fleece blankets that are given to local cancer patients to brighten their treatment times.
The youth group also had a table at the Christmas Bazaar where they raffled off a Quilt that they made, sold Cookie Mixes in a Gift Jar and princess tiaras. Here you can see the Rector and some of the guys “modeling” the tiaras!