Each Sunday after the Gospel reading, the children gather at the front of the Nave for a message. They then join several adults in the Parish Hall where they continue to explore the lesson.
We use The New Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education by Joseph P. Russell as the foundation of our program. We follow the church calendar and the lectionary.
We also use the Lectionary Story Bible by Ralph Milton to study Bible stories while weaving Episcopal traditions into each lesson.
We teach the children to live a Christian life and provide opportunities to practice this in class. We also have discussions about how we can continue to live this way during the week.
We work in multi-age teams to accomplish goals and emphasize each individual’s importance to the team.
During our time together we have discussions, we practice our memorizations, we complete kid-friendly service projects, we enjoy group study time, and we practice for presentations to the congregation.
Our goal is to provide our children with a solid grounding for future formation leading to a Christian adulthood.
Adams Street Kids
This group is a collaborative effort by six area churches for youth – 5th grade through High School. They meet at a different church each month, and are an activities-based Bible-centered approach to living and growing in the faith. St. Thomas youth attend this youth group and have really enjoyed the opportunities to grow in the faith. ASK has mission trips and will sometimes go to hear a Christian rock concert. Contact the church for more information.
Camp Alexander Mack
The church camp is for young people from 3rd to 9th grade. Brochures are available at St. Thomas and also there is information on the diocesan web site.