NOTE: Because of COVID cautions, our church nursery is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Sunday, December 12th. Children age 2 and up and caregivers need to wear masks and there will be an attendance limit. Children who have a fever or do not feel well should not be placed in the nursery but kept at home.
Although babies and children are always welcome in our sanctuary, child care is available for children newborn- age 3 1/2 years during the 10:00 am service. The nursery is down the right-side hall at the end of the entry (narthex) – ask an usher for directions. Parents can fill out an information form and leave their child in the loving care of our two experienced, Safe Church Trained, paid caregivers. A Seasons of Faith curriculum is available to be presented when appropriate. At Communion time you are invited to bring your child into the worship space to have Communion with you. There is no charge for using the nursery and visiting families are welcome to use it.
WORSHIP FOR CHILDREN AND MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
St. Gabriel’s family ministry respects the need for our students to have their own way of worshipping as they start on their journey to learn to love Jesus. As we teach and celebrate the love of Jesus we strive to support parents, grandparents, and other grown-ups in their role as their child’s main spiritual mentor. In church school, we provide child-centered classrooms that respect the ways children learn. We offer worship and responses that help children grow their faith and develop a relationship with a loving God and their church community.
Church School During the Pandemic
In-Person Church School
Church school meets in-person during the 10:00 am worship service. Students should follow the Covid safety guidelines here. They will go into one of two classrooms organized by grade level (unless there is a family service):
- Preschool- 3rd grade;
- 4th grade- 7th grade.
After classroom time, students will be brought by teachers into the sanctuary to take Communion with their families. Children are always welcome to sit with their families in service, as well. Feel free to ask one of our ushers about the options for your child, including which classroom is most appropriate for them.
YOUTH GROUP (8TH- 12TH GRADE TEENS)
St. Gabriel’s youth ministry strives to supplement and support the spiritual teaching of parents, grandparents, and other adult mentors who are our teens’ most important spiritual guides and teachers. Our goals are: to create an accepting community of teens and leaders who gather for worship, discussion, bonding and fun; have a place for youth to go on Sunday morning; present service and outreach projects to work together to make a difference in the world; help others; learn servanthood; provide mentor opportunities for youth to work with children as well and older adults to mentor our youth; promote our Episcopal principles of inclusion, respect, tolerance, compassion, service and social justice; and encourage and strengthen life-long ties to the Episcopal Church.
Late Middle/High School 8th-12th Graders are welcome to join in with their church community (masked) at the Sunday 10:00 am or any of our worship services and are encouraged to participate. Youth gatherings with a youth minister will begin again sometime in November 2021. Activities include opportunities for check-ins, outreach service projects, discussions, fun outings, and mission trips.