Sunday school begins on Sunday mornings in the gathering room (downstairs children’s space) at 9:00 am for PreK through fourth grade, while the fifth- and sixth-grade children begin in the junior high (rectory basement).
Registration Form for 2018-2019
(children and youth can be registered on the same form)
Our vision at St. Mark’s is for children to receive Jesus Christ and grow in him as they are welcomed into the life of the church through worship, the hearing of God’s Word and participation in the Eucharist.
Children begin in gathering time where we center our hearts and minds to hear and receive the Gospel, pray together, sing praises to our Lord, and develop (and explain) the habits of the liturgy.
After our large-group worship, children are dismissed to their breakout rooms where they engage with God’s word in grade level, small group discussions, responses, and Bible teaching with their leaders.
First Sunday of the Month
At St. Mark’s, we know that all believers are transformed by Christ through worship. We want children to engage in worship alongside their parents—to watch them worship the Lord and be formed by their parents’ faithfulness to Word and Sacrament.
To that end, on the first Sunday of each month, our Kinder—fourth graders will join the congregation in corporate worship. Children are encouraged to sit with their parents or up front in the first pews with their teachers and classmates. We exit to our classrooms after the Gospel is read and return to parents at the Eucharist.
On the first Sunday of the month, our fifth and sixth graders will remain with their families for corporate worship in its entirety. Through this, they will grow in their knowledge of who they are in Jesus and become comfortable with the practices of the Anglican faith. Sermon notes will be provided and will hopefully foster conversation with parents following the service. We will also be discussing aspects of Worship in our classroom time the following Sunday.
Our PreK (three years to five years) children continue to start in the classroom on the first of the month and do not join us in for worship.
On all Sundays, children return to parents during the worship service after having received a blessing or the Eucharist. Three-year-olds should be picked up by parents in their classroom for the Eucharist.
Download a copy of the Children’s Ministry Information packet.
We welcome children in our worship services at St. Mark’s and have Church Bags for those times when little ones are squirmy. Grab a bag from the coat rack by the sanctuary doors.
We also welcome parents to drop little ones off to the nursery if they so choose. The nursery is available at both the 9:00 am and 10:30 am services and is staffed by paid workers and parent volunteers. ALL nursery workers must submit to a background check.
An additional Child and Parent nursery room is located across from the staffed nursery for those moments when a parent may want to listen to the sermon but need to nurse, bottle feed, or let baby roam.
Young Children in Worship
Everything about our PreK curriculum is thought through—from the design of the classroom space that welcomes children into an environment tailored to child-friendly worship, to the Montessori style story-telling that engages the youngest of children with tactile figurines and creative dialogue. Come and join the fun by sitting in on a class to see what it’s all about!
Kindergarten & First Grade
The Witness of Jesus in the Old and New Testaments
Our Kindergarten curriculum is intentional about creating a space for the Holy Spirit to speak to children and nurture their budding faith in Jesus Christ. The Old and New Testament stories are chronologically paced and set to the liturgical calendar. Each story focuses on the life of the Triune God. Bible memorization, crafts, and fun accompany each lesson.
First Holy Communion
Of the utmost importance is the Eucharist—Christ in Word and Sacrament. In our second-grade Holy Communion class, your child will be transformed and conformed to Jesus Christ as he or she learns about Communion, celebrates his or her faith in Jesus, and begins to understand the mystery that is “Christ in us” in our second-grade class. The engaging and Christ-centered curriculum is organic and developed by the staff at St. Mark’s.
Children will celebrate their First Communion in the worship service on May 5, 2019.
Third, Fourth, Fifth, & Sixth Grades
Celebrating our Liturgical Seasons
Our upper elementary curriculum seeks to ground children in the Word of God by practicing and participating in the same liturgical readings that our adult worship walks through each Sunday. In our engaging and discussion-based classrooms, children learn about Anglican worship and dive deeper into their faith through Bible reading, memory work, and Christian community building activities.