Children’s Ministry at Apostles’ Anglican Church
Our desire at Apostles is to explore God’s love and the promises He has for each of us. The Children’s Ministry team strives to communicate God’s love to our kids and to show them the beauty of exploring His word. We believe that building relationships with our children is the best way to show them the love of the Father. We strive to teach children how to worship at an early age.
Our purpose is to provide a time for children to hear God’s word and to learn to apply it to their lives, as well as to prepare them to participate in worship by using prayer, praise, and instruction. For more information on Children’s Ministry, please contact Kaye Freels at email@example.com.
For our nursery age children, birth to age 3, we focus on showing God’s love by caring and nurturing. We sing songs, read stories and play with our youngest members of the parish. We also have a variety of developmentally appropriate activities that include toys, nativity set and Noah’s Ark playsets, as well as puzzles, blocks and games.
We offer nursery on Sunday mornings at both services as well as during special services such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Messy Church.
During Sunday morning services, our preschool children ages 3-5 (not yet in Kindergarten) enjoy a variety of developmentally appropriate activities that include art, games, dramatic play, nature, and block center play as well as listening to bible stories, singing, and focusing on God’s word and His love for us. By exploring God’s creation through fun activities, the children can grasp the concepts of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
At 10:10am, preschoolers ages 3-6 take part in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. It is a Montessori based program that is contemplative in nature. The children will enjoy taking part in activities that explain and teach us how Jesus is our Good Shepherd. For more information on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd you may visit www.cgsusa.org.
We offer preschool care on Sunday mornings at both services as well as Christian Formation at 10:10am. Childcare for preschoolers may also be provided during special services such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday.
For children grades Kindergarten through grade 5 (ages 6-11), we offer an older version of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Part 1 begins at 10:10am on Sunday morning and concludes at 11am so children can join their parents for the 11:15am service. Before the sermon begins, the children are dismissed from church (normally at 11:30am) for Part 2 of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The children’s service concludes shortly after the end of the sermon, and children rejoin their parents for the remainder of the service so that each family may receive communion together.
Children and Communion
All baptized persons of any age are welcome to the Lord’s Table, and young children are encouraged to come forward with their parents when Communion is distributed. Parents are encouraged to prayerfully discern when their child is ready to receive the sacrament, and our priests are available to answer any questions that parents may have concerning Communion.
Some parents lead their children to receive the Eucharist soon after the infant’s baptism. Other parents prefer that their child receive the bread only in preschool years, allowing them to dip the bread in the chalice when they are older. Some parents prefer that their children refrain from receiving Communion for some time, requesting a priestly blessing instead. Each of these decisions is an honorable choice by parents.
The clergy at Apostles desire to assist parents in this prayerful decision. Throughout the year the Apostles clergy and ministry staff will teach the children about the gift of sacraments.
Our Commitment to a Safe Environment for Children and Students
Apostles is committed to providing a safe environment where our children and students may grow in their faith and experience the love of Christ in a caring church.
To ensure that safe environment, we have over 20 volunteers and 4 part-time nursery attendants who shepherd the flock. All these leaders are required to attend training to work with the younger members of the body of Christ. This training is provided for all ACNA congregations, and we believe this thorough preparation equips our volunteers for ministry and preserves a safe environment for the children in our parish.
Any person who works with children not only has training on Child Protection, but also has a background check too.