Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ.
The Book of Common Prayer
St. Michael’s Children’s Ministry (KidMin) is dedicated to supporting the spiritual well-being of children and families. It’s mission statement – Dwelling in His Love. Serving in His Church. – speaks to a focus on the transformative power of Christ in the lives of His children. KidMin partners with parents and caregivers in the leading of their children to the dwelling place of God’s love. Children are then equipped to serve His Church…and the world!
2017-2018 Year Verse
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18a
St. Michael’s Christian Formation curriculum offers liturgically-based, developmentally appropriate materials to encourage children to nurture, explore, and deepen their faith. Online resources are available for reinforcement and enrichment at home.
Sunday School for all ages meets weekly during the program year, September – June, from 9:15 – 9:45 am. Children participate in an interactive curriculum called Spark Lectionary.
Click here for a map of the classroom locations.
(infants – potty trained)
St. Michael’s Early Childhood is intentional about creating a warm, welcoming environment where children have foundational experiences of the love of Christ. The Spark! curriculum animates Biblical themes for toddlers through storytelling and creative activities.
In addition to Sunday School, nursery childcare is available year-round during the 10:00 am Sunday Mass.
(potty trained – pre-k)
St. Michael’s Preschool environment is conducive to exploration and play-based learning. The Spark! curriculum uses fun, thoughtful activities to encourage preschoolers to relate the Biblical story to the world around them.
In addition to Sunday School, preschool childcare is available year-round during the 10:00 am Sunday Mass.
ALL generations gather together to celebrate the life of the church! Intergenerational events take place throughout the year, providing numerous opportunities for the entire community to gather in fellowship. Click here for the seasonal calendar.
These program-distinctive experiences encourage St. Michael’s kids to put their faith in action, while promoting connections with the wider faith community. Some mission partners include Vida Joven, Brother Benno, and World Vision.
The primary focus of St. Michael’s KidMin is to provide quality care and supervision of the youngest members of the parish. The team consists of volunteers and paid caregivers who all provide safe and positive, early church experiences. Although we are not required to adhere to California Child Care Facility Guidelines, the recommendations have been carefully applied to KidMin programming. St. Michael’s maintains high caregiver:child ratios, and at least one CPR and First Aid certified caregiver is on the premises. Per the Episcopal Diocesan Policy on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry, lead caregivers must complete the Safeguarding God’s Children workshop. All caregivers must undergo a background check.
It is a privilege to partner with the families at St. Michael’s! Contact Children’s Minister Becky Gleason for more information.