At St. Columba’s, we see and embrace all children as an active and essential part of our parish. Our children’s programs interweave worship, formation and service to help our young ones live out their baptismal covenant and teach them the tenants of the Christian faith, while allowing them to grow, thrive and actively participate in a Christian community.
Children and Worship
Children are welcome to worship at all of our services, and St. Columba’s offers Sunday services that are specially designed for them: the 9 am Eucharist in the Church Nave is recommended for children age 5 and older, and offers Storytime after the Gospel reading for an age appropriate story and prayers; and the 9:15 and 11:15 am Eucharist in the Great Hall are offered for preschool children and their families. Click here to access the Worship schedule.
Children and Sunday School
Using the curriculum entitled, “Weaving God’s Promises,” St. Columba’s Sunday School helps children three-year-olds through 5th graders understand a weekly biblical story while weaving Episcopalian tradition in each lesson. Sunday School begins in mid-September and ends the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend. (Children must be potty-trained and turn three by Nov. 1 to participate.) Classes meet 10:15 to 11:05 am, and are led by volunteers from the parish who serve on teaching teams for one or more units during the year. If you are interested in teaching, contact Pattie Ames, director of children’s ministries.
Child care is an important part of how we welcome our youngest members and their families to St. Columba’s. It is a safe place where infants and toddlers experience good care, while offering parents an opportunity to give their full attention to worship and other church activities.
Located in Rm 322, on the third floor of the building (Albemarle Street wing), child care is available for infants and children up to age 3 every Sunday morning. Sunday hours are from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm (September through early June) and from 10:15 to 11:45 am during the summer service schedule. Beepers are available so that you can be reached at any time.
St. Columba’s is a welcoming community, and we want all children to be part of our program. If your child has special needs, whether physical, developmental, emotional or otherwise, they are still very much welcome at Sunday School. Contact Pattie Ames to discuss how best to ensure that your child will have a positive experience in Sunday School.
The Judy Seaver Resource Center was designed with parents and Sunday School teachers in mind, with materials specifically designed to help nurture children in their faith. Its collection includes books, DVDs, CDs, computer programs, games and more to assist in the ministry to and with our children.
The Craig Eder Library is another great resource for those working with children; check out its collection of picture books, storybooks and young adult novels.
Contact: Pattie Ames, director of children's ministries