St. Peter’s is blessed by the presence of babies and children in our congregation. Just as we encourage adults to come as they are, we celebrate what it looks like to have young ones in our midst. That means that your children, with all of their curiosity, wiggles, and even fussiness, are welcomed as a part of our community and enfolded in love. Your child brings their own spiritual gifts and perspectives, and they will find a home at St. Peter’s. We believe that often it is our children who help us better recognize and understand how God is present with us, calling us to better love one another. 

We are committed to supporting your child in their life of faith. Children of all ages engage in ministry programs that ground them in the teachings and worship style of The Episcopal Church. However, more than any program or curriculum, there are two central beliefs and goals that guide everything we do for children’s ministry at St. Peter’s: First, that every child knows they are loved by God, exactly as they are, always and no matter what. Second, that church is a place where they can show up as themselves and be loved and safe. 

Family Worship Service

Although St. Peter’s welcomes children at all times, a special service for young children and their families takes place at 9 a.m. every Sunday during the school year. This service nurtures children’s spiritual formation and growth through singing, stories, crafts, and communion. It is a playful, energetic service, led each week by a member of the clergy and our Children’s Ministry Leader on guitar. This is a long-standing service at St. Peter’s, often attracting 30-40 attendees each week. The Family Worship service is held at 9 a.m. in the Parish House at 313 Pine Street.

What’s happening at Family Worship this month? During Eastertide (the weeks following Easter), Family Worship will celebrate that God’s love is stronger than anything! Everything God does shows us this is true, but the greatest way God shows us is through the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus took the biggest chance by always choosing love, even at death. Because of God’s love and Jesus’ big chance, we know that love is stronger than anything! Together, we can choose and share this love with the world. Families with children 7 and under are invited for this lively, fun, and engaging worship service.

If you’d like to be added to our email list to receive notices about the Family Worship, please sign up for our email newsletter here or contact Associate Rector Rev. Sarah Hedgis-Kligerman at [email protected].

Sunday School

Sunday School for children ages 6-10 years old is held during our regular 11AM worship service in the church. Everyone begins worship together in the sanctuary. Before the first reading, children and teachers are dismissed to Sunday School. They return during the Peace so your family can participate in Holy Eucharist and receive communion together. 

Sunday School is led by an amazing group of volunteers from the congregation who are thrilled to teach and support your children in their faith journey. There will always be one teacher and at least one additional adult volunteer, and all Sunday School leaders have completed background checks and training in how to keep children safe. We use Mini Revolutions, a theologically progressive curriculum from Illustrated Ministry. This curriculum engages different styles of learning and emphasizes creativity and play. 

Photos from our 2023 Family Worship: