St. Michael’s offers a full range of Sunday programming for children of all ages, including unique chapel services for ages 2 through third grade, where children serve as acolytes, crucifers and ushers. In addition, each age group learns of God’s love, through story, activity and song in classes taught by experienced teams. The first grade curriculum prepares that age for the First Communion Celebration.
Children in grades 4-8 attend worship with parents, then attend traditional Sunday School classes taught by experienced leaders. Our Sixth Grade curriculum prepares children for Confirmation.
Birth to age 2
We offer a fully staff nursery on Sunday mornings for children under 2 from 9:15am-12:30.m. and from 6-8pm on Wednesdays. We also offer nursery care during special events. Our nursery is not in operation on Memorial Day weekend, July 4th weekend, Labor Day weekend, the Sunday after Thanksgiving and the Sunday after Christmas.
All Angels Chapel
9:30am, September - May
Children ages 2-Kindergarten participate in All Angels Chapel during their parents’ worship and Sunday School hours. Leaders instruct our youngest parishioners on how to sit quietly, how to kneel, pray and praise our Lord. Children participate as congregation, ushers, acolytes and flag bearers. Chapel services are attended with the age appropriate Sunday School Class. Parents are welcome at any time, especially for birthday celebrations.
Children in grades 2-5 attend worship with parents. Grades 1-3 recess to Beckwith Chapel during the sequence hymn then attend age-appropriate classes. Grades 4 & 5 attend Sunday School from 10:50am-11:30am. All elementary grades use a lectionary-based curriculum, Living the Good News.
Sixth graders will be confirmed at the end of this year. Year-long instruction includes learning about their church and local community. The curriculum comes from the Catechism, on page on page 845 of the Book of Common Prayer.
1st - 3rd Grade
9:50am, September - May
Children in these grades begin their worship with parents, then recess to Beckwith Chapel during the Sequence Hymn. Beckwith has been conducted at St. Michael’s for grade-school children for 65 years. Here children extend their knowledge of worship, in story and song. Chapel leaders conduct the service using liturgy designed for this age, and each week the children hear a story, often drawn from the same the Old Testament or Gospel reading parents hear in “Big Church.” Children serve as crucifers,flag bearers and ushers. Sunday school for this age group follows the chapel service. Parents are welcome at any time, especially for birthday celebrations.
Children in First Grade participate in a Communion Education program in preparation for their experience at God's table.
Grades 7 & 8
Our older middle schoolers use Faith Lens, weekly Bible studies that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.
Our high school students meet in the Youth Room on Sunday mornings for Bible study and conversation. Sometimes they join the Adult Forum program. Our youth leader Abby Van Noppen and her team lead this group. This group also uses Faith Lens.
The Sacrament of Baptism
Welcoming the new into a life with Christ is among the most important sacraments of the church. As Christ Himself was baptized, so may all be who wish to enter into a new relationship with Him. We baptize children at any age, during our regular services several times a year. Parents or grandparents of children to be baptized must be members of the parish. Infant and child baptisms are held throughout the year.
St. Michael’s members are welcome to register their children or grandchildren for baptism. When a baptism date has been selected, parents must participate in “The Faith classes,” taught by the clergy. Once your child or grandchild is registered, Jean Olson will contact you regarding a date.
Contact: Jean Olson