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At the Cathedral, children are at the heart of our life together.

Infants and Toddlers
Preschoolers and School-aged Children
6th to 8th Grade Youth
Children of All Ages

Jesus taught us that, in some sense, we must become like children to enter fully into spiritual life.  At the Cathedral we celebrate our children and  recognize their unique spiritual gifts: they love and trust without reserve, they hear imaginatively and respond spontaneously, they question and speak with candor. Their playfulness brings joy and life into our sanctuary every week. In grateful response, we seek to welcome every child as a full and cherished member of our church community.

What we offer your family:

What is Sunday School at heart but a circle of friends sharing the best of stories, God’s story. Making personal sense of this story and carrying it out into the world is what discipleship is all about. We share God’s stories with all ages of children: From puppets for toddlers, to beautiful handcrafted story materials for elementary children, to cool  video clips for tweens, you will find us sitting together on Sunday morning, sometimes hushed in awe, sometimes laughing, sometimes deep in thought, listening to and responding to God’s story..

Our Promise to You

Your child will find a safe and loving home at the Cathedral in our beautiful, bright and well-equipped classrooms. We offer

  • A safe and hygienic environment, with teachers trained in first aid and child abuse prevention

  • A developmentally appropriate, rich  curriculum  

  • A professionally run classroom with consistent teachers who will know and love your child

  • Respect for your family’s beliefs and traditions in an open and questioning community of faith

  • A diverse and friendly community that welcomes  all peoples. We are an LGBT friendly church.

  • Knowledgeable support for children with disabilities

We look forward to making you welcome on Sunday morning.

For more information about our Sunday morning programs for children and youth, contact Meredith Wiggins, Director of Children and Family ministries.


Sunday Mornings for Children and Youth

For infants and toddlers

Nursery: 9:30 – 11:30 Sunday mornings in the Early Learning Center

Our Sunday morning Nursery is a safe and loving home for babies and toddlers during  Sunday worship. Located in our Early Learning Center, our facility is clean, bright, child-proofed and filled with fun toys and play equipment. Each Sunday morning includes songs, games, arts and crafts, free play and lots of laughter. We carefully include large and small motor activities, sensory play, group and individual play, and creative play each week.

During story time, teachers share a short Bible story in an engaging multisensory way. Your child will hold a fishing line to fish for the hearts of humanity, crawl through the belly of a whale, follow Abraham across the desert, and sit with Jesus as he blesses the bread and the wine for us. We also have a wonderful circle prayer time where each child can pray for family and friends and teach simple graces before snack.

So that your child feels known, loved and secure, our Nursery staff of three teachers is consistent every week. Our lead teacher is CPR certified for infants.
 

For preschoolers and school-aged children

Godly Play: 10:00 – 11:00 Sunday mornings in the Godly Play classroom

Child-centered, spiritual, and fun, Godly Play helps our children explore the spiritual dimension of their lives and build on their innate faith. Each week  we tell the Biblical story in its purest form – face to face and heart to heart within a listening circle of children. Using multisensory materials and simple, beautiful language, we tell stories from the Old and New Testaments and from our liturgical life together. We then “wonder” together about the story and have an individual art response time.

Each week, a Godly Play session includes time to:

  • Get ready (enter into listening silence, the first building clock of prayer)
  • Experience a wonder-filled Biblical story with all five senses
  • Personally explore the story using rich classroom materials
  • Pray together as a group
  • Enjoy a simple shared meal

Large as the sky, rich and imaginative, and filled with food for thought, Godly Play stories will make faith come alive for your child.  Godly Play is a Montessori method for the Christian spiritual education of elementary-aged children developed by Jerome Berryman, a leading Montessori educator and ordained Episcopal priest  You can learn more about this outstanding curriculum at www.godlyplay.org/

For 6th - 8th grade youth

CONNECT Youth Class: 10:00 – 11:00 Sunday mornings in the Chapter Room

Each week 6-8 grade youth go on a journey through the Old and New Testaments, exploring connections between two or three stories in a way that makes the over-arching story of our faith come alive.  In each class we See, Explore, and Make. We see a witty video that contains challenging big ideas. We explore open-ended questions raised by the Bible story pictured and look at texts that offer more ideas. We make art, play games, and more to end our class.

For children of all ages

Children’s Worship: September 17, October  8, November 19, December 24 at 10 am in the Liem Azar Center

Every month we invite our children to come close to God’s table as Cathedral clergy celebrate  a worship service designed especially for children. Rich with story and symbol with plenty of opportunities for interaction, we pray, love and work  together in community as we learn about Episcopal worship.

We begin quietly with the children wiring or drawing their prayers. A ringing singing bowl calls us to worship. As the service begins we gather around our own font for a special blessing of the stones as we confess those things that keep us apart from God and each other. We then travel to a new space to hear the story of the day, which may be a Godly Play story, a Bible story, a wonderful picture book, or an interactive activity. We  then travel to the altar to share communion together.. 

Children’s Worship  offers children genuine experiences of worship with clergy in a  one to one setting.  We illuminate  Anglican liturgical traditions  to prepare children meaningful, life-long worship.