CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
Sunday School Registration Is Under Way
Our first day of Sunday School will be November 5th after the 9:00 Eucharist at Zabriskie Chapel. Please scan the QR code at left or click here for the Google form to let us know your child can join us. We can't wait to begin!
Children are a vital part of our faith and community. We strive to make services and offerings family-friendly. When we are in the building, we encourage families with young children to sit toward the front where it is easier to see and hear. Some Sundays we ask the children present to come up for Children's Homilies or to see some part of the service. We encourage them to sing hymns, pray, and join their voices to congregational responses in worship. We expect that children will wiggle and run around, maybe sometimes even fuss a bit. That is expected and even welcomed. If you need to get up and move around because your child is restless, we won't mind or be distracted, but we will be hoping that you feel comfortable coming back after the chaos has passed. We want to be in a community where children feel deeply, consistently, and reflexively that they are loved and welcome. This is among the most important ways we can live out our faith in Jesus.
A Note About Children and Youth Formation
Many parents have children in more than one age group. The offerings for different age groups are meant to support you and not burden you with more stuff to do. We're going to continue to make sure whatever we do on Sunday will be appropriate for a much broader age range than we have in the past. We’ll livestream as much as we can. We’ll make accommodations for any parent who wants to continue to mask and socially distance their children—always respecting your decisions about your child’s health.
We also don't want to add to your stress. The balance between offering enough to be helpful without overwhelming/overburdening everyone continues to take some trial and error. If you end up with questions, comments, concerns, or just have feedback about any of this please reach out to the Rev. Sarah Spurlock Biggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-370-6555.
Sermons for Children
Most first Sundays of the month we offer a children’s homily during announcements at the 10:30 service. This is a lovely way to invite and encourage children and families to come to a service more oriented to their specific worship needs. It is never in conflict with Godly Play or Sunday School. Children need to know that our worship spaces are for them. We regularly make sure they know we’re thinking about what their experience of worship is like.
Questions on Godly Play? Email Sarah Glassco at email@example.com
Questions on Sunday School? Contact the Rev. Sarah Spurlock Biggs at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions on EYC, contact Carrie Cuddy at email@example.com .
For questions on PreYC, contact Rob Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions on overall Children, Youth and Family programs, contact the Rev. Sarah Spurlock Biggs at email@example.com or 703-370-6555.