Children's education at St. Barnabas
St. Barnabas welcomes children of all ages, abilities, and personalities into our midst. Children are encouraged to participate in education classes and to be comfortable in the church service; we see our children as full members of God’s loving family.
St. Barnabas welcomes children into an exploration of biblical story and personal, spiritual growth through three classes of age appropriate curricula. Understanding the busy schedules of today’s families, lessons are designed to welcome children who attend only occasionally but also to provide continuity for children who attend regularly.
Children's education classes start at 10:00 am, but teachers are available starting at 9:00 am for children who come earlier. Lessons run about 40 minutes, and then the children join the rest of the congregation for communion.
Nursery care is available for infants and toddlers from 9am -12 noon. Nursery children are encouraged to participate in the Godly Play lessons, music, and art activities as their interests grow. Professional Caregiver: Diane Voytovich
Godly Play: Recommended for ages 1 to 6
Godly Play uses Montessori principles, manipulative learning materials, and a spiral curriculum to help our youngest children explore their faith through story, to gain familiarity with religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. For more information, see The Godly Play Foundation.
Weaving God’s Promises
Recommended for children 6 to 9 (through 4th grade)
Weaving God’s Promises is a three-year Episcopal curriculum for children and middle-school youth. The lessons weave together the threads of Christian life—the threads of scripture, of worship, faith, and reason, of love and service. They join together God’s stories to God’s promises to us for our salvation and our lives as Christians. A class lesson begins with storytelling and is followed by a reinforcing activity. For more information click here.
Recommended for ages 10 to 15 (5th-9th grade)
re:form is a youth ministry program that tackles questions about the Bible, creed, disciples, Jesus, other beliefs, and hot topics through the use of funny, "tween-friendly" videos and activities. For more information click here.
Teens 16 and older are eligible to become full members of the Episcopal Church and to participate as adults in the worship service and in parish and diocesan events and outreach. Youth at St. Barnabas are encouraged to participate as a group and as individuals in the many excellent diocesan programs for Episcopal youth. For more information click here.