Nursery and Children’s Church
Our nursery is staffed every Sunday from 7:45a.m. through the end of the 10:30 service and reception. Children appropriate for the nursery are infants through 4 year-olds. A safety lock has been installed on the door to Stirling Hall near the garden; if you are coming to get your child for Communion, please press the buzzer at the door and someone will let you in.
Children 5 and older should attend Sunday School or remain with their parents; the nursery room is too small for larger children to be there without overwhelming the toddlers. During the 10:30 service, Children’s Church is a place for younger children to be together in a smaller community. If you have children ages 4-7, they are welcome to gather at the foot of the stairs in the Parish Hall after Sunday school ends; a volunteer will meet them. During The Peace, the children will come to the ‘big church’ to join their families.
During the school year, classes are offered for 5 year-olds through 12th grade. A group of enthusiastic and dedicated teachers leads the various groups through the church year with weekly readings from the lectionary, stories and age-appropriate activities. Often, at the beginning of a new liturgical season, we celebrate the transition with an intergenerational class using songs, art or drama. A nursery is provided year-round beginning at 8:00 a.m. for infants through 4 year-olds. In the summertime, the teachers have a break and there are no formal classes.
The adult class meets throughout the year, taking breaks as the group decides. Called Christian Living Today, it is a study class usually centered around books or DVDs by contemporary theologians and lively discussion on the issues. Meets in the Walter K. Smith Room of the Parish Hall.
Other short-term classes are offered as needs are assessed.
For the parents of new babies in the parish and soon-to-be-born babies – here is a list of upcoming days/dates appropriate for baptism. Children and adults who have not been baptized may refer to these dates also. Traditional days for baptism include the Bishop’s visitation (which changes annually), All Saints’ Day or the first Sunday after, First Sunday after Epiphany – the Baptism of Jesus, the Easter Vigil and Pentecost.
Vacation Bible School
In the summer, All Saints offers Vacation Bible School in the evenings for children 5 years through rising 5th graders. Many creative hands turn Stirling Hall into a colorful activity center where the participants gather to hear stories, to make responses to the stories, to sing and to have feast time. Teenagers are invaluable help and encouraged to participate on staff. Teachers do not have to be parents of VBS-aged children!!