Young Children in Worship
St. Paul has a quiet glassed in area at the back of church with toys and activities for young children so that parents with babies and toddlers can still take part in the service. Busy bags are also available for kids to take with them to the pews. And if you prefer additional privacy for nursing, tantrums, etc., St. Paul also has quiet areas in the lower-level.
Nursery Circle (Ages 0-3)
For parents of young children, sometimes just getting to church on Sunday is a feat. We recognize this and want to provide programming that feeds both parent and child. Nursery Circle is a Music and Story Playgroup for your little ones paired with coffee and a devotional discussion for adults. Toddlers learn all about God’s message of salvation through song and story while parent’s enjoy a coffee, play with their kiddos, and share their struggles and encouragement with other Christian parents. For toddlers, parents also have the option to drop-off their children and attend the Sunday Morning Adult Bible Class. Nursery Circle runs September-May and starts at 9am on Sunday mornings. Note: Nursery Circle is currently on hold during COVID-19.
Sunday Kids (Ages 4-13)
September-the beginning of June you can find St. Paul’s Sunday School teachers hard at work, preparing lessons, discussing tough questions and sharing God’s gospel message with eager ears. Many are educators by profession, all are passionate about kids and growing families in God’s grace.
“It’s just awesome when you see it click with a young child…just like a seed, faith needs to be watered to grow, and I get to help do that. I love it!”, says Kathy Gaade, 30-year veteran and still going strong. Young mom, Anny Ally agrees, “I’m new to the faith, but I want to learn to teach my girls about what God has done for us, and at St. Paul, I get to learn how to do that with lots of experienced men and women supporting me along the way.”
St. Paul uses the Christ Light, Kinder-Grade 6 Sunday school program, which follows a 3 year rotating salvation history curriculum. It focuses on Bible history while still bringing each lesson back to the redeeming work of Christ. Grades 7-8 use Christ's Light's middle school, topical Bible Studies. This year, they are focusing on Paul's Journeys, Ephesians, and World Religions. St Paul is dedicated to making learning and memorizing God's Word easy for children and families. Check out our Cheat Sheet for Stress Free Memory Work.
For information on Sunday School during COVID-19, click here.
Pioneer Kids (Ages 4-14)
St. Paul is home to both a boy and girl Pioneer program. While they share some popular events throughout the year (like sledding and end of school camping!), they are unique programs. Click here for our most up-to-date schedule
Boy Pioneers creates opportunities for fathers, male mentors, and sons (ages 4-14) to grow together in God’s Word and mature as confident, courageous, compassionate male leaders. This program is headed up by Pastor Thompson as well as many of the young dads at St. Paul. Parents are more than welcome to drop-off their sons, but we encourage fathers to stay and get connected.
Girl Pioneers provides an avenue for girls (ages 4-14) to develop leadership skills as courageous and caring, Christ-loving young women. Girls also pursue special achievements, like knotting, horticulture, first aid, sports, and more. Parents are more than welcome to drop-off or join in- with the day’s events. For more info., contact St. Paul Youth Coordinator Christine Thompson.
St. Paul’s Catechism is a foundational class for budding teens. It’s focus is on the fundamental teachings of Christianity, aiding our youth in Biblical understanding, doctrine, and discernment of spiritual teachings and practices. When they finish, they are able to state confidently, “This is what I believe, this is why, and this is why it matters. ”
Catechism is a two-year class that is offered by our Pastoral team. They can also partner with families so that parents have the needed resources to teach these lessons at home. For more information, contact Pastor Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen Troupe (Ages14-18)
Teen Troupe is all about making Jesus real to our budding teens, answering the hard questions with sound truths found in God’s Word and equipping them for the faith challenges that lie ahead. 9am Sunday mornings, teens meet to hang-out with old and new friends alike, discuss life and God’s Word, and wrestle with how their Christian walk intersects with real life. For more information, contact St. Paul Youth Coordinator, Christine Thompson.
Teen Youth Group
St. Paul's teen ministry, Walther League, is run by teens, for teens (with mentors along the way!) to help strengthen and encourage meaningful Christian friendships.
St. Paul Fine Arts: Summer Camp in the City
Each Summer, St. Paul offers a 3 dayintensive art camp (9-Noon) for young artists led by Ottawa-based, professional mixed media artist, Karen Goetzinger. Each day, children devote themselves to learning and applying a different elements of an artist's work, take a few water balloon breaks along the way, and open and close with a Christ-centered devotion, re-cap, and prayer.
St Paul offers this program at a minimal cost (a $25 registration fee) to allow all children to benefit from the wonder and joy of quality, art programming. Our 2021 theme will be Assemblage Art: The work of Louise Nevelson and Joseph Cornell. Mark your calendars for August 11-13th and we will be sending out more details in the late-Spring!