Children and youth faith formation take place Sundays at 10 a.m., following the 9 a.m. Family Eucharist, where babies and children of all ages actively participate.
The cathedral’s lower level is home to its Children and Youth Ministry. Faith formation for ages 2 and up meets from mid-September to June from 10 – 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is available for babies and young children during the 11 a.m. service.
2017-2018 Children & Youth Faith Formation
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Nursery care is offered every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., as well as during various holy day and special cathedral services. Two background-checked, professional caregivers are on hand to work and play with the children in a secure and welcoming environment. A video feed of the cathedral service is provided in the nursery so parents who wish to remain with their children can monitor the service, listen to the sermon, and return to church in time for communion. An adjacent and quiet crib room with convenient changing tables is available for infants.
Children & Youth Faith Formation
St. James' Children & Youth Faith Formation program offers young people the opportunity to explore and develop their Christian faith through storytelling, discussion, art, and hands-on projects. Families generally attend the 9 a.m. service, where children take on active roles in the liturgy. Young people then gather with their teachers at 10 a.m., and classes conclude a few minutes before the 11 a.m. service begins.
We have four levels of Children & Youth Faith Formation:
- The Preschool Class: Children age 2 to 3 meet in the nursery for faith formation activities.
- The Kindergarten Class: Children age 4 to 6 come together to learn and explore Scripture using “Godly Play,” a Montessori-based curriculum. This is a hands-on class. Parents are always welcome to help and participate.
- The Primary Class: Children in first through fourth grades meet to hear and reflect on Bible stories. Students participate in seasonal activities, art projects, and community service. The Episcopal curriculum used at St. James, “Weaving God’s Promises”, corresponds with the church calendar and lectionary. On the third Sunday of the month, the Primary Class packs brown bag lunches for “Sandwich Sunday,” a St. James meal ministry for the hungry.
- The Middler Class: Children in fifth grade and older participate in this class, which in some years divides into two groups depending on the ages of participants. Young people use the collect of the day to spark discussion about their faith and spirituality and to discuss the challenges of their daily lives. Every third Sunday the Middler Class joins adult volunteers in the St. James kitchen to feed the hungry through St. James “Sandwich Sunday” meal ministry.