All formation times are on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am unless otherwise indicated.
Sunday mornings at St. Timothy’s offer more than worship. Nearly every corner of our church is filled with life-long learners and those on the journey to be the hands and feet and voice of Jesus to our world.
Children Under 3
Professional childcare is available for children under 3 years old on Sunday mornings.
The Children’s Ark
Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 3-5)
We begin with some play/social time and then learn different things about how worship works in our faith tradition, sing songs, and listen to a Bible story. Prayer and other activities round out our time and then we move to the sanctuary for the remainder of our regular church service.
Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Godly Play is offered on Sunday mornings between 9:00 and 10:00 am for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade children. Godly Play uses story boxes of the sacred stories of our heritage, each box containing figures of the story. Children are encouraged to wonder: What’s the most important part of this story? Where am I in this story? Could we leave out any parts of this story without changing it?
Welcome to the Bible
4th and 5th Graders
This class continues our focus on the Bible. Each child is given his or her own Bible and is encouraged to read it, write questions in it, mark favorite passages. Our teachers begin with the stories that these kids are familiar with and have the kids read the Biblical text, stopping frequently to puzzle over words and meanings. Through the year, they move to other parts of the Bible with which the children are less familiar to give them a good grounding in Biblical knowledge.
Faith in Action
As children become more mature in their faith, we try to match material to their growing awareness of the world around them. Age-appropriate books that discuss social justice topics begin to help them explore ways they can become the hands and feet of Christ.
Children Living the Word
10:25 to 10:50 am (approximately)
Offered during the beginning part of our 10:15 am service on Sunday mornings. It’s really for those children who aren’t yet ready to sit and learn during the Liturgy of the Word portion of our Eucharist service. During this time, children read stories about things that affect their world and kids like them. As they process what they learn, they participate in activities that further show them how to be the hands and feet and voice of Jesus in their own ways. They make casseroles to feed the homeless; they harvest in the garden; they make get well cards for those who are ill; they create Christmas decorations for those incarcerated; etc.
For more information about Children’s Formation at St. Timothy’s, contact Heather Preston at email@example.com.