St. Peter's provides programs appropriate for all of God's children, from infants through young adults, and beyond.
St. Peter's believes that children are gifts from God. They bring their own spiritual gifts and perspectives, both giving and receiving ministry. They are an essential and integral part of the St. Peter’s community. The nurture and spiritual growth of children and youth involve the family, the church and the wider community. Christian formation that is engaging, creative and welcoming fosters a deeper relationship with God, helps them connect their story to the larger Christian story and inspires service to the world in God’s name.
Although St. Peter’s welcomes children at all times, a special Eucharist for young children and their families takes place at 9 a.m. every Sunday. Over the summer, the service meets in 313 Pine St. This special service is specifically designed to nurture children’s spiritual formation and growth through singing, stories and communion.
Our Sunday morning Church School begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 10:45 a.m. during the school year, enabling children to worship with their parents at either the 9 or 11 o'clock service. Parents are welcome to join their children.
Ours is a growing parish. To meet parishioners’ needs, Sunday Church School has two vibrant children’s classes:
- Children aged 3 through kindergarten meet for Godly Play in the classroom attached to the nursery in St. Peter’s School. Godly Play is a Montessori based approach to church school in which children hear the great stories of faith and enter into them through play.
- In response to popular request, grades 1-6 will be using Akaloo, a curriculum with a strong online component (that you can access here) that allows parents to see both the church school lesson your child will do or did on Sunday and some supplemental material like games and puzzles from home. Akaloo (from the Greek word meaning “to follow”) focuses on forming disciples rather than just presenting information. It does so through a series of age appropriate questions that increase in complexity and reach across the life span in each of 5 areas: Bible, God, Disciple, Church and World. As their website says, “We don’t have all the answers, but we have some really great questions” such as “Who is God’s Son?” “How can my family help others?” “What is God calling me to become?” Each Akaloo lesson responds to these questions and others, offering further questions and continued growth.
Bible Stories in the Tower
During the sermon at the 11 a.m. service, children in grades 4 and below are invited to share Bible Stories in our cozy Tower Room, and rejoin their parents for Eucharist.
For the months of July and August, Sue Mooney, who leads the Tower Room program, will be taking a well deserved break. The nursery will be open all summer and parents are welcome to take their children to the Tower Room on their own, where books and play materials will be available.
For parents who wish to attend an Adult Ed program, or who do not feel comfortable bringing their child to a worship service, nursery care is available on Sundays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on the first floor of St. Peter’s School.