Sunday School for all ages, from pre-school through high school, is offered throughout the school year. A nursery is available for babies and toddlers. A Sunday School Breakfast is offered for all children, youth and adults with a recommended donation of $1 per person. It is a continental style breakfast open for tasting from 9:20 – 9:45 a.m. when Sunday School officially starts!
Children’s Classes consist of :
- Pre-K Class for 2 – 4 year olds held in the Three Year Old Day School Classroom. Children experience Bible Stories, simple crafts and free play.
- Godly Play Class for Kindergarten – 1st Grades held in the Godly Play Classroom (Upstairs in the Education Building). Children experience Bible stories with wonder as designed by the Montessori style architects of the Godly Play series. Using felt and sand and wooden figures and scenery, children hear the lesson and respond and wonder why and how.
- Stepping Stones Classes for 2nd – 5th grade are based on the Workshop Rotation Model with children moving through different classrooms through the month including Bible Story in Disciples Den, Crafts in Shepherd’s Studio, Cooking in the Kitchen, Movies in Prophets Playhouse, and Games in another.
For Middle School and High School Sunday School classes see “Youth” page.
GODLY PLAY IN CHILDREN’S CHAPEL
St. Stephen values children’s attendance of regular worship. During the 11:00 worship service, children aged pre-school to 4th Grade are invited to attend Godly Play during the period the sermon is preached. Children gather at the Gospel Reading in the “mini” crossing then follow the Adult Leaders to the Education Building to the Chapel of the Holy Trinity for a Godly Play Bible lesson. They return during the Middle Hymn of the service and continue to participate in prayers, offertory, communion and music.
Stepping Stones Fellowship
Two to three times a semester, the Stepping Stones Fellowship congregates after church for a two hour period. They eat lunch together, do a service project together and have fun together. We are always seeking parents to help supervise along with the Stepping Stones Leader!
Vacation Bible School in Mid-June
St. Stephen’s Vacation Bible School is well known around town as parents have a morning only or ALL DAY option for their children. The Youth of St. Stephen help shepherd kids from center to center in the morning with Bible Story, Music, Crafts, Recreation, Science, Cooking and Mission as their destinations. The youth take over in the afternoon, with some adult supervision, and lead the children in “wet rec” activities, snow cones, movies, more crafts and more music. Kids are exciting about the day and are pretty tired going home!
VBS applications are usually available digitally, on the website, and in person. For more information on VBS, contact Beth Fultz, Director of Christian Education, firstname.lastname@example.org or via the office phone, 817.927.8411.
Music Camp in Early August
Music Camp specializes in introducing a religious children’s musical on Monday morning and performing the musical on Friday night with costumes, simple choreography, scripts and 7 – 10 songs. It’s magical and a lot of hard work. It’s an all day, 5 day event culminating with the presentation and supper on Friday night. Your kids go from ordinary to extraordinary in a matter of days.
Music Camp applications are usually available digitally, on the website, and in person. For more information on Music Camp, contact Beth Fultz, Director of Christian Education, email@example.com or via the office phone 817.927.8411.
Special Holy Worship Services for Children and Families
During the Church Calendar year, St. Stephen focuses on providing special holy worship services for children and families to help them understand the liturgical importance of Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and birth of Christ on Christmas Eve. It is our hope that children will learn to grasp the meaning of penitence, communion used in the Last Supper, and birth of the messiah at these events.
Generally, Ash Wednesday is a designated Wednesday in February) at 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary followed by an All Church Dinner. A thematic gift is given to each child to help them remember the importance of Ash Wednesday.
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of Holy Week (between Palm Sunday and Easter), in March or April, at 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary followed by a simple dinner. A thematic gift is gien to each child to ehlp them remember the importance of the Last Supper and it’s progression into communion.
Christmas Eve, December 24th, 5:00 p.m. is our Annual Children and Family Service. The Children’s Choir sings and all children are invited to be a part of the Nativity play in Costume during the service. “Silent Night” is sung in candelight at the end. Hot Chocolate and cookies are offered after the worship service.
CHRISTMAS ON THE HILL
(SUNDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING)
St. Stephen opens its doors and grounds to the community for the celebration of the Christmas season on the Sunday following Thanksgiving in the late afternoon. In Advent, the time of preparation for the birth of Christ, we focus on welcoming all to an evening of fun and fellowship. There are many activities outside including sliding down our hill (by the labyrinth), supper on the grounds, lots of crafts and lego builds inside. All is free to the community. Bring your family, your friends, your neighbors and enjoy the journey of the Christ Child into our hearts.
Generally starts between 5 -6 p.m. and lasts about 2 hours.
ST. STEPHEN PRESBYTERIAN DAY SCHOOL
During the school year, St. Stephen Presbyterian Day School offers educational programs for babies and preschoolers two days a week from 9:30-2:30.