Children & Family Ministry
Children and families of all ages and kinds are welcome at all our worship, learning, service and gathering activities. St. Stephen's provides formation and developmentally appropriate Christian education for children of all ages from the end of August through the end of May (excluding school holiday weekends).
Sunday School is offered for children 3 years of age (and potty trained) through 5th grade. Children in grades 6 through 12 are part of our youth group, which has its own page here.
Our goal is to nurture faith through playful experiences of prayer and worship, stories from scripture, crafts, games, fellowship and outreach.
Children's Coordinator Tracie Nelson and staff member Melissa Sylvestri create a program that meets the needs of our community, and passes on the teachings and traditions of the church.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is offered one week each summer. It is a week filled with fun, games and music along with teaching principles from the bible.
Infant & Toddler Care
St. Stephen's will provide nursery and toddler care upon request from the end of August through May. Please reach out below if you are planning to attend the upcoming 10:00 service and you would like us to provide care for your little one.
Sunday School for ages Pre-K through 5
Sunday School Coordinator Tracie Nelson and other staff and volunteers offer a program for young children that preserves and passes on the teachings and traditions of the Church. Please reach out below to learn more about our program and how you can stay connected for updates.
Children are Welcome in Worship
Our elementary children join us each week for the celebration of the Eucharist, and infants often stay with their parents for the whole service. Please know that the worship experience of your children is important to us. Children learn to worship by participating and we value their presence in church. We understand that they may not be quiet or sit still. The presence of the whole family of God together enriches all of our worship. We are very glad to have children with us. Please know that we do not mind having babies in church, even crying ones.
Spirituality of Parenting
Raising children is one of the most rewarding — and challenging — occupations of human life. It also happens to be the perfect arena in which to reflect on and learn from Christian tradition: What does it mean to be made in the image of God, to be given to one another in loving commitment, and to practice patience, forgiveness, and joyful companionship in mutual self-discovery? Join us as we offer periodical programs for parents of all ages.
St Stephen’s tells the story of the birth of Jesus by inviting children and adults to participate in a live-action telling of the story: songs, costumes, narration, speaking and non-speaking parts all combine to remind us of the astonishing thing that God did: came to be one of us. Contact us to find out about participation.