Families with children of all ages are welcome at St. James! We offer a variety of ways to involve children and youth in our parish life, as well as support families and connect them with each other. Below are links to pages that provide details on how children and their families can get involved at St. James.
Children in Worship
At the 9:30 service, children ages 4 and up gather at the back of the Church to process behind their own cross with the choir, clergy, and altar servers. The children proceed to our Parish Hall, where they have their own age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word (readings and teaching time). During the Passing of the Peace, they come back into church to participate in Holy Eucharist (communion) with their families.
If you would prefer to keep your children with you in church at any time, however, you are welcome to do so! Religious-themed coloring materials and crayons are available at both entrances. Parents are also welcome to join their children for the children's liturgy whenever they would like.
In addition, there is nursery care available in the basement of the parish house for children, birth to 3 years old. The caregivers will take your cell phone numbers in case you are needed. You are, however, welcome to keep your babies and toddlers in church with you as well
Baptism is a sacrament of the Episcopal Church, and St. James's regularly baptizes infants, toddlers, and older children. The Sacraments page provides more information about baptism in the Episcopal Church. If you are interested in having your child baptized at St. James's, please contact us.
Children's Summer Program
Each summer, St. James's invites children from ages kindergarten to fifth grade to learn about God through games, art, storytelling, and film. Each year a different theme is chosen for the five-day adventure. The program runs Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 in the evening during the second week of July. This year's program was held Sunday, July 7 through Thursday, July 11 and centered around the Creation Story. Children were invited to learn how to be good stewards through art, games, and storytelling. As part of the program, the recent film The Lorax was shown and discussed. The cost was $40 per child. We had a blast and hope to see new and familiar faces next year!