members of the family of God, children occupy an essential place in the life of
St. Philip's. Our Children's Center is home to programs in Christian education
and music, as well as a fully staffed nursery. We seek to create settings where
children can explore, learn, play, worship, and enjoy one another as part of the
entire St. Philip's community.
On the second Sunday of the month, at 9:15 a.m. in the Children's Chapel,
we offer our "Comfy Space" service, designed for those who tend to wiggle
during worship and those who worship with them. On the third Sunday of the month,
at 9 a.m. in the Church, we offer an All-Generations Service in which there will
be a Story in place of the sermon, and youth will do the readings. Families are
invited to meet in front of the Church at 8:50 to process in with the worship
party. Childcare continues during the summer.
Each Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for infants and children up to 5th grade.
Non-ambulatory infants and toddlers are kept in a separate area with separate
activities from the older children.
with Us: Each Sunday during the school year at 9 a.m. for children age 3 to
3rd grade, in the Children's Center, room 8. Children have the opportunity to
participate in music, movement, and art as they explore the Gospels and worship.
Each gathering begins with "setting" the worship table with the colors and symbols
of the liturgical season. Parents are always welcome. On the third Sunday of each
month children join their wider community for worship in the church.
School: Each Sunday during the school year at 10:15 a.m., age-group classes
(age 3 through grade 6) meet in the Children's Center for Church School. Children
are invited to hear and tell stories and engage in a number of response activities
as they grow in their knowledge about and relationship with Jesus, themselves,
and each other. Our preschoolers and kindergarteners will enjoy time learning
in our classroom "atrium" using Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum, while
our older children will use a variety of materials, including the Hands On! Bible
Communion Preparation: A Lenten class for children in 1st-3rd grades and their
families, Solemn Communion is a once a week for five weeks course to teach children
about the Holy Eucharist in the Episcopal Church. There is a retreat on the final
weekend and a very special Eucharist at the 9 a.m. service that Sunday to celebrate
the accomplishments and learning of our children and their families.
Philip's Summer Arts Camp: This special summer program scheduled each summer
for a week in June. The program is available for children ages 5-3rd grade and
4th grade-8th grade. Here we focus on honoring God through the visual arts, drama,
School Music and Homework Help Program: Meets Monday-Thursday after school
during the school year for children primarily in grades 3-5. In certain circumstances,
children younger or older are accepted. Through singing in a choir, music theory
training, learning to play a musical instrument and receiving daily
supervised homework sessions, children develop their creative talents, improve
their school work, experience team work while making new friends who share their
Nicholas Choir: This choir is open to children and youth and sing at the 9
a.m. worship service on the third and fourth Sundays of the month during the school
year. Rehearsals are weekly.
Events: There are several family-oriented special
events throughout the year.
more information, or to enroll a child in any of these activities, call Bruce
Phillips at 299-6421, ext. 68 or e-mail.