SaINT GABRIEL Family Ministry

St. Gabriel’s Church School Ministry strives to supplement and support the spiritual teaching of parents and grandparents, who are their children’s most important spiritual guides and teachers. Our church school teachers are volunteers, and all must pass a background check and attend a SAFE class teaching child safety required by the Episcopal Church.

 


Our Nursery

Our Church Nursery is available for children newborn-age 3 ½ years during the 10:00 am service. Parents are welcome to come drop their child off in the nursery–ask an usher for directions. Two experienced paid caregivers will care for your child during the service until Communion time when we ask you come get your child and bring them into the worship space with you. There is no charge for this but we do ask that you please fill out a registration form for the first visit so we have the information we need to care for your child.  Visiting children are welcome in the nursery!

 


Our Sunday School

All children preschool through 6th grade are welcome in our church school which is offered most Sundays (not when there is a family service) all year except July at 10:00 am.

  •  At 10:00 am children break off into our various classrooms organized by grade level, escorted by teachers. Ask an usher which classroom is appropriate for your children.
  • Teachers will bring children back into the worship space to join their families right before Communion.

 


Family Worship Services

We offer Family Worship Services every 4-6 weeks when children are invited to sit with their families in the sanctuary for the 10:00 am family service instead of attending church school. Worship is a celebration of belonging. By participating in worship children learn that they belong to Christ and are welcome in Christ’s church. Sitting in service regularly familiarizes children with our Episcopal way of worshiping including rituals, hymns and prayers. Inter-generational worship services can offer gifts for worshipers of all ages. Children give us the gift of trust and a fresh point of view, and adults can share the gift of acceptance, experience, and the wisdom of the church through the ages.

 


Youth Group

Our 7th-12th graders worship together each Sunday. They regularly perform service projects, enjoy fun events, and explore their individual spiritual growth. Pictured are the youth serving food to the homeless at Potluck in the Park.

 

 


Children’s Outreach

The Sunday school children at Saint Gabriel learn to share their love of Jesus with community outreach projects throughout the year.  Pictured is our Advent project where the children collected Christmas cookies and delivered them to shut-in members of our community. Our “Lenten Egg Project” will help combat hunger in our community.  The children have filled plastic eggs with the name of a food item that is in need. Parishoners choose a plastic egg or eggs at the church on Sundays during Lent through Easter March 10th– April 21st, open the egg, and bring the food item listed inside to add to our food collection bin.  Our 1st – 3rd grade church schools students will help manage our donations.

 

 


Community Egg Hunt

St. Gabriel will host our annual Palm Sunday Community Egg Hunt which this year will be Sunday, April 14th starting at 3:00 pm. Don’t be late as the hunt goes quickly!  Children wobblers-5th grade are invited to hunt for eggs filled treats and prizes. We will hunt outside if possible so wear boots or old shoes and dress for the weather- if it is too wet we will hunt inside. After the hunt we will open our eggs and hear a Holy Week story from Mama Lou as we distribute special prizes. A special Easter egg will be sent home with children to open on Easter morning. This event is put on as a community gift by St. Gabriel and organized by our 4th– 6th grade Seasons of the Spirit church school students and teachers. Friends and neighbors are welcome!

 

 


Our Preschool

Our Child-centered classrooms are based on the early childhood philosophy developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The curriculum is driven by the ideas and interests of the children. Teachers observe children engaging in their environment and forming relationships, document children’s verbal and written comments, and delve into children’s artwork, expressed interests, and actions to help determine each child’s learning direction and goals.

Learn More at Our Preschool Website

 

 


Saint Gabriel Art Camp

The theme of our 2019 summer art camp is “Love Across the Universe: Stars, Sunshine, Sea, Strawberry Fields and Family.” The day camp for kids will be based on child-friendly music of the Beatles. Explore storytelling, music, visual arts, dance and movement, drama and ecology with a gentle spiritual component.

The camp is for children with preschool experience thru entering 5th grade. Activities are designed and presented by artists and teachers. Camp will be held on July 22-26, 2019.

St. Gabriel’s Beatles-themed Art Camp for summer 2019 is full! We are looking forward to an awesome week together. If you would like to put your child on our Art Camp waiting list,  contact us at 503-645-0744 or stgabrielartcamp@stgabrielonline.org. We are considering adding a second week summer 2020. Thanks!

Registration Form

Art Camp Information Sheet

Art Camp Scholarship Infomation