St. Michael’s Sunday School for all ages takes place on Sunday mornings from 9:15 – 10:00 am during the program year.
The curriculum offers liturgically-based, developmentally appropriate materials to encourage children to nurture, explore, and deepen their faith. Sunday School continues through the 10:15 am Mass for the nursery and preschool classes.
St. Michael’s Children’s Ministry (KidMin) is dedicated to supporting the spiritual well-being of children and families. The 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 leading their children to the dwelling place of God’s love. Children are then equipped to serve His Church … and the world!
2019 – 2020 Year Verse
1 John 3:18 – My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
The Children’s Ministry team consists of volunteers and paid staff who provide safe, positive, early church experiences. St. Michael’s maintains high caregiver:child ratios and has at least one CPR and First Aid certified adult per classroom. All KidMin staff and volunteers must undergo a background check and complete the Safeguarding God’s Children training.
It is a privilege to partner with the families at St. Michael’s! Contact Children’s Minister Becky Diaz for more information.
Facilities & Inclusion
Children of all abilities are accommodated and celebrated at St. Michael’s! The Children’s Ministry Team is dedicated to providing an enriching Sunday experience for everyone. Full participation in the life of the church is encouraged and fostered among typical and exceptional children alike.
On Sunday mornings and during parish events where childcare is provided, an Inclusion Specialist is available to help children of different abilities integrate into their age-appropriate class. In addition to the Inclusion Specialist, a number of the Children’s Ministry volunteers and staff have degrees or professional experience in Special Education in the public and private sectors.
Please contact the Inclusion Specialist, Janette Havens, to learn more about how St. Michael’s can serve your family!
The Sensory Room is a calm, sensory-friendly environment for children and youth when they need space away from highly stimulating activities. The Sensory Room is stocked with sensory-friendly furniture, devices, and manipulatives. It is open on Sunday mornings and during other parish events. Adult supervision of children is required.
The ADA accessible playground contains a play structure, a toddler swing, a full-support swing, a dome climber, and a beloved climbing tree. The playground is available to children and families whenever there is activity at St. Michael’s! The playground is also open to the community anytime. Adult supervision of children is required.
Other Activities & Support
Children’s Chapel is held in the historical Chapel during the 10:15 am Mass. Elementary-aged children are invited to participate in a special time of worship and learning. Children will return to the church during the Offertory to enjoy the remainder of the service with their families.
Kids’ Cart & Quiet Bags
To serve families with young children, St. Michael’s has collected age-appropriate, purposeful activities for babies, preschoolers, and school-aged children. The Kids’ Carts are located at the main entrance to the church.
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.
The Family Room is a calming space for parents and caregivers with young children. The room has visual and audio capabilities enabling families to enjoy full participation in worship. It is equipped with books and activities for babies and toddlers.
Vacation Bible School 2020
At St. Michael’s by-the-Sea Vacation Bible School, your camper(s) will be surrounded by the reality of God’s love! God’s Word will gain new meaning and relevance through age-appropriate play and learning. The unique St. Michael’s program includes music, science, missions, and opportunities for family fellowship. June 22-26, 2020. Registration will open in early April!