Children are welcome at St. Columba’s!
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 tenets of the Christian faith, while allowing them to grow, thrive and actively participate in a Christian community.
All volunteers who serve in ministries with children and youth participate in a training called "Safeguarding God’s Children." It was created by the Church Pension Fund of the Episcopal Church and provides training in preventing and identifying incidents of child sex and other abuse. All parishioners are encouraged to take the training sessions whether they are actively engaged in work with children or not. In-person class sessions are offered periodically, and the course is also available online. Contact Katie McGervey, Director of Children’s Ministries for more information.
Children and Worship
Children are welcome to worship at all of our services. Click here for our current Worship schedule. Our online services are pre-recorded, but you can watch them live with other parishioners via this link: stcolumbas.online.church. You can also watch them anytime on St. Columba’s YouTube channel. Join us for our “Great Hall” Home Worship Service – a service of simple prayer, song and Bible story for pre-school children and their families at 9:30 am (during the program year). Join us for the Liturgy of the Word, prayers, Bible reading and sermon and hymns at 11 am (during the program year). Children and youth play a vital role in our worship offerings, and serve as choristers, bell ringers, acolytes and sacristans.
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. Childcare will not be offered until we resume our regular Sunday morning onsite worship schedule.
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, we will work with you to assure they are welcome and can participate to the best of their abilities in all of our programs. Contact Katie McGervey to discuss your child’s specific needs.
Contact: Katie McGervey, Director of Children’s Ministries