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.
Safeguarding God’s Children
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, interim director of children’s ministries for more information.
Children and Worship
Children are welcome to worship at all of our services. St. Columba’s offers Sunday services that are specially designed for them. The 9 am Eucharist in the Church Nave is great for children 5 and older. The children’s choirs and handbell choir lead the music at this service, and children ages 3-8 may go out for the Gospel story and prayers during the sermon. At 9:15 am in the Great Hall, we offer pre-school children and their families a shorter Eucharist service with prayers and songs especially for that age group. Click here to access the Worship schedule.
Children and Sunday School
Using the curriculum, “Weaving God’s Promises,” St. Columba’s Sunday School teaches children three years old through 5th grade a weekly Bible story while weaving Episcopal tradition in each lesson. Sunday School begins mid-September and ends the Sunday before Memorial Day. Children must have turned three by November 1 to begin in Sunday School. Classes meet from 10:15 - 11:05am and are led by volunteers from the parish. Click here if you would like to register your child for Sunday School. Teachers teach for one or more of the 7-8 Sunday School units on a team with three other volunteers. If you are interested in teaching, contact Katie McGervey, interim 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 Katie McGervey 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: Katie McGervey, interim director of children's ministries