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 available for all children, youth and adults for a recommended donation of $1 per person. It is a continental style breakfast open from 9:20 to 9:45 a.m.
Godly Play During 11am Service
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 during the gospel reading in the “mini” crossing then follow the adult leaders to the education building for a Godly Play Bible lessons. They return during the middle hymn of the service and continue to participate in prayers, offertory, communion and music.
3 YEAR OLDS - 1ST GRADE
Children experience Bible stories with wonder as designed by the Montessori style architects of the Godly Play series. Using felt, sand and wooden figures and scenery, children hear the lesson and respond and wonder why and how.
2ND - 5TH GRADE
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.
Vacation Bible School
2020 DATES: JUNE 15-19 VBS is well known around town. Parents have a morning only or all day option for their children. The youth group help shepherd kids from center to center in the morning with Bible Story, Music, Crafts, Recreation, Science, Cooking and Mission as their destinations. In the afternoon, the youth take over 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 on the website or in the office. For more information on VBS contact us at 817.927.8411.
Summer Music Camp
2020: AUG 3 - 7 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 to 10 songs. It's magical and a lot of hard work. Music Camp is five full days 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or via the office phone 817.927.8411.
Christmas Eve Service
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.
Special Holiday Worship Services
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.