At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, children are valued and cherished. Children and children’s ministry are an integral part of the life and worship of our parish. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14) We therefore welcome and encourage our children to worship with us. We also explore a variety of ways to teach our children so that they are affirmed and engaged. We do this through Children’s Chapel, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and various activities throughout the year. We invite you to come and see how we serve the Lord by helping create Christian disciples of all God’s children at Saint Andrew’s.
Saint Andrew’s is also committed to the safety of each person, especially our children and youth. All volunteers and staff undergo background and reference checks, and attend a child abuse prevention workshop, “Safeguarding God’s People.” We nurture the children in the faith and do so with the utmost intention and care.
Children’s Chapel takes place at 10:30 at St. Andrew’s, and is designed to integrate children into the full life of worship in the church. We are committed to gathering together as the Body, and children are part of this Body. Time in Children’s Chapel consists of age-appropriate worship, which includes songs, fun lessons, and application activities. At the Peace, they are escorted into the Church to participate in the Holy Eucharist with their families.
Children’s Chapel is primarily for children 3 to 11 years old, but we welcome older children to participate as well. Our primary goal is to integrate children into the full worship of the Body, and they are always encouraged to be with their parents in church at any age. We welcome any child of any age in Chapel, however, and will integrate him or her into our fellowship of worship.
PreK/K is in room 306, with teachers Jen Smith and Amy Ramirez. We are using the “First Look” curriculum by Orange. All children ages 3 through kindergarten are welcome.
The Elementary class meets in room 305, with teachers Donreece Brown, Fran Kerr, and Lara Tibbals, welcoming children in grades 1 through 4. We are also using the Bible in Life curriculum, as well as “252 Basics” by Orange.
Youth meets in room 304 with teachers Jeannie Borsch, Martha Cobb, and Jim Morgan. Youth is actually comprised of grades 5-12, so it is not a traditional grade grouping. Any 5th graders can actually decide to be placed in either Youth or the Elementary classes. We just want them to come to Sunday School! Currently, we are using Group’s Grapple curriculum, and adding games to our lessons from XP3!
Nursery Care is available for children who are under 3 years of age anytime during the 10:30 worship service and Sunday School. Our nursery staff are certified and committed to caring for all children who attend Saint Andrew’s. Please note that children are always welcome to be with their parents during services, but nursery care is available.
5 All Saints Day, Daylight Saving Time ends
10 No School, Veteran’s Day Observed (Hillsborough County)
*12 “Nerf-A-Geddon” Youth Event– Invite your friends & neighbors!
19 Christmas Pageant rehearsals begin in the children’s chapel at 9:30 a.m. (until 10:15)
20-24 No School-Fall Break (Hillsborough County)
26 Christmas Pageant rehearsal
*2 Santa Fest Youth Parking FUN-draiser
3 1st Sunday of Advent; Christmas Pageant rehearsal
10 2nd Sunday of Advent, Christmas Pageant rehearsal; Youth Tacky Christmas Sweater Party
*16 Christmas Pageant Dress rehearsal at 10 a.m., followed by Gabriel’s Giving Tree Party
17 3rd Sunday of Advent; Christmas Pageant during 10:30 Service; Youth Sunday
23 4th Sunday of Advent
24 Christmas Eve
25-1/8 Winter Break, no school (Hillsborough County)
9 School Back in Session (Hillsborough County)
15 No School (MLK) (Hillsborough County)
*20 Youth Explosion Saturday Annual Event!! For grades 5 & up
21 VBS Kick Off Leadership Team Meeting
*27 Gasparilla Youth Parking FUN-draiser
*9 No School, Fair Day (Hillsborough County); Youth Trip to the fair
*13 Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake Dinner Hosted by St. Andrew’s Youth
14 Ash Wednesday/Lent begins
*(Children in grades 5 & under must have a parent or guardian present to participate)
For more information regarding children’s or youth ministries, contact Alicia Schmid at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the most current events pertaining to our Youth or Children’s programs, please consult the announcements in our Sunday leaflet or our monthly Call.