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Children

We believe that sharing the adventure of worship is a wonderful way for children to discover faith. At Saint John's we encourage parents to bring their children into the worship service. Children are an important part of our community, and their presence in our sanctuary is a gift. Please know that we are a child-friendly congregation. We hope that they feel enfolded in the love of God as they participate in the joyful work of worship.

 

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Grace Garden Pre-School Page

Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Safety Policy

Childcare will be offered for the 9:00 and 11:00 am worship services for children under 5 years.

For the safety of all the children and adults please see the Childcare Room Safety Guidelines below:

  • Ages 2 and up will wear a mask.
  • All Childcare employees will wear masks.
  • Parents will check-in on the touchscreen computer or contactless check-in on mobile device
  • No food or drinks will be provided unless instructed and provided by parents
  • To keep proper distancing, parents will stay at the door for drop-off and pick-up and will only be allowed in the room in extreme emergency and at the invitation of a worker.
  • We ask that if any child/parent is feeling ill with any COVID-19 symptoms that they please stay home, and notify the church if contact was made with anyone at a church sponsored event.
  • If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach to Laura Schwarcz at

Children's Sunday school (Preschool- 5th grades) will take place from 10:00 –10:45 am out on the Grace Garden Playground. Check your Children and Family Ministry email for more details and guidelines, or contact Laura Schwarcz.

Read more below about Children's worship opportunities, Sunday school, and 4th grade AGAPE class.

In Worship

Worshipping with Children- Worship Bags and Bethlehem Room

We believe that sharing the adventure of worship is a wonderful way for children to discover faith. At Saint John's we encourage parents to bring their children into the worship service. Children are an important part of our community, and their presence in our sanctuary is a gift. Please know that we are a child-friendly congregation. We hope that they feel enfolded in the love of God as they participate in the joyful work of worship

 Worship Bags
As you come to in-person worship at Saint John’s we want to make sure that you and your family feel supported and equipped for your worship experience. Worship bags will look a little different than in the past. On your first Sunday back your child will receive a bag filled with pipe cleaners, coloring pages, and other surprises. We ask that you bring your worship bag to and from home each week to worship.
Suggestions of what to add to your bag:

  • Paper/Coloring Book
  • Children's Bible
  • Colored pencils or pencils (please refrain from crayons or markers)
  • Stickers
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Book for independent reading
  • Pencil Mazes
  • Finger Labyrinths
  • Water Bottle

 What to leave at home to preserve our sanctuary space:

  • Electronics
  • Food
  • Play-dough, slime, anything sticky

We will have some “extra” bags to borrow if your child forgets theirs. Please leave borrowed bags in the container labeled “worship bags” at the back of the church on your way out the door.

 Bethlehem Room
Our "Bethlehem Room," located adjacent to the sanctuary, offers a place for parents to worship while attending to infants in a quiet, sound-proof room. We ask that you help us maintain a worshipful environment in this space.

Sunday School

Logistics and Safety Guidelines for Children's Sunday School

To help prepare for Sunday school we kindly ask that you make sure your child's profile is up-to-date in your MySaintsJohns account. If you don't have an account or need assistance please contact Duane Roth, our Business Manager.

Location: Grace Garden Playground (Please enter the gate nearest the classrooms)

Ages: Preschool (3 years old)- 5th grade

Check-In/ Out Procedures:


Check-in computers will be located at the following areas:

  • Outside the Childcare Room
  • The Children's Check-in Area located in the main foyer
  • Under the covered patio as you enter the Grace Garden Playground.

Please have your child wear the name tag printed

Safety Procedures:
Masks will be required for all volunteers and all children ages 2 and up
Hand sanitizer given upon arrival

We will be able to use the restroom in classroom 103 if needed.

Our Children's Ministry offers Sunday School classes, mission projects, special parenting classes and preschool education. In Children's Sunday school for Preschool- 5th grade we offer two different type of spiritual Christian education:

Preschoolers use the " Seasons of the Spirit" curriculum. This curriculum is lectionary based, so what parents are hearing in worship their preschooler is learning about as well through puppet storytelling, hands on activities, movements, and song.

Children Kinder - 5th grade use Godly Play® materials to hear biblical stories. Godly Play® helps children learn to be in a Christian community, as well as nurtures personal growth in faith. Adults supporting children in Godly Play® seek to allow for wonder and creative expression in children that will help them be open to this awareness of God. The Godly Play curriculum engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into —and pursuing us in the midst of— Scripture and spiritual experience. Godly Play® practice teaches us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our live

All of our Sunday school teachers have completed the Safe Gathering requirements by the Rio Texas Conference. This includes a background check and training in the safe sanctuary. Your child's safety while in Sunday school is very important to us.

Agape

Agape Fellowship – 4th and 5th Grade Small Group

Agape ( AH- GA- PEH) – Love and Serve One Another This is a 4th and 5th Grade Small group that meets once a month from 4:00 -5:30 PM . We gather together for fun and fellowship. Questions contact Laura Schwarcz at

Fall 2021 Agape Dates ( we will meet either online or in-person)

August 29th

October 3rd

November 7th

December 12th

Upcoming Children and Family Events