Our children are growing up in a complex and confusing world, and character formation gives them the tools they need to make the right decisions, both for themselves and for the good of others. Studies have shown the most effective character building involves not just the child, but the whole family. Our children’s most influential moral teachers are their parents and grandparents. At All Saints’ Episcopal Church, we offer whole-family spiritual formation, in addition to a range of programs for students of all ages.
Located in the north wing of the church, the nursery is available for infants through age four, from 8:30am to 12:30pm on Sunday mornings. [SUMMER HOURS: 8:30am-11:30am] Licensed and experienced caregivers are committed to providing a safe, clean, loving, and playful environment. The Nursery is also available for parents who need to use a diaper-changing table or nurse a little one.
To read or print our Policies for the Use of the Nursery, please click here.
Sometimes children get a little restless during the service, so parents may find the Children’s Corner in the lobby of the church helpful. This is a cozy and comfortable area with quiet toys, books, and coloring pages. Children may pick up a children’s worship bulletin and a small bag of crayons on the way into the main church.
Children's Chapel is offered most Sundays for all children, through Grade 3, during the 10:00am service in the SUMMER (September through May: at the 9:00am service) in the Holy Innocents’ Chapel. Clergy and volunteers help children explore the meaning of the Gospel lesson, as well as share in prayers, singing, and an offertory. Children return to the sanctuary at the Peace to receive communion with their families. Parents are always welcome in Children’s Chapel! Children under 4 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Each week SEPTEMBER THROUGH MAY, there are Christian Education classes for children which are taught by teams of dedicated volunteers. The following Christian Education classes take place at 10:00am:
Disciples’ Workshop: Building Up Our Youngest Disciples!
Pre-K (age 4) through Grade 3
In this hands-on workshop, our children, aged 4 years - 3rd grade will experience a variety of lessons based on Biblical stories using Legos, science, building materials, Play-doh and more! This workshop allows children to connect to God and one another in play, prayer and learning while they respond to faith stories and create amazing projects. This program uses lessons that have been used across denominations, are rooted in scripture and age-appropriate exploration of God and Jesus, and implement teaching principles from elementary schools and children’s ministries across the country. As we know God meets each student in their work and play, we trust that they will continue to grow in faith and grace through this lively program. Join us Sundays at 10:10 - 10:50am!
When baptized, regardless of our age, we are welcome to receive Communion. Our Book of Common Prayer (p. 858) indicates that, at the time of Baptism, we receive the inward and spiritual grace of union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God’s family (the Church), forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit. First and foremost, children learn from attending church and participating in Children’s Christian Education. Families may wish for their children to receive additional education in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. This course of optional instruction serves that purpose.
2018 Class Dates: February 25, 2018, March 4, 11, 18, 2018
Celebration of Holy Eucharist: April 8, 2018.
September through May, students in Grades 4-12 will gather on Sunday mornings 10:10-10:50am for conversation, spiritual reflection, and fun, in addition to a number of service projects at church and in the community at large throughout the year. For more information about “anything youth,” contact Mother Holly Herring at email@example.com.
For 2018, preparation for Confirmation will consist of 10 Sunday morning sessions (10:10 - 10:50am): January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 13, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 8, 14, 22, 2018. Sessions will be led by All Saints’ Clergy. Students and their families are encouraged to attend the Eucharistic Service either before or after classes. The registration fee is $100 (scholarships are available). The Bishop of Arizona will visit All Saints' on May 13, 2018, for our Liturgy of Confirmation at 11:00am.
The Youth Acolyte Small Group Ministry or (Acolyte Corps) is a group of youth, Grades 4 through 12, who volunteer their time and talent to serve during the liturgy by carrying the processional crosses, torches, banners, and incense. These servants are trained to serve the Priest (celebrant) at the altar, taking part in the Gospel Procession and assisting with setting of the altar for the Mass.
Our Acolyte Corps also engages actively with Christian formation. We like to call this C.L.A.S.P. Our parish mission consists of connecting, learning, serving and praying. We find ourselves, as acolytes, right in the middle of this—exactly where we want to be! The word “clasp” can be defined as grasping tightly, fastening; a device with interlocking parts or an embrace. We’re working out how we hold on to many things in our world: our families and friends, our Christian traditions and our communities. We’re figuring out how we, as parts of the body of Christ, do this together. It’s hard work! It’s great fun! We hope you’ll pray for us, and that you’ll join us in our ministry. If you are in Grade 4 and up, and are interested in getting involved, please email Mother Holly Herring at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploring the Saints
One Sunday of the month, parents and adult caregivers are invited to come together for a special education experience! They meet in Manning Hall with the children and youth.
2017: September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10.
2018: January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8.
Connect with your Tribe from Children, Youth and Family Ministries once at month at brunch. We meet at 11:15am on the Third Sunday of the month. Watch your email and the announcements from the pulpit on Sundays for the restaurant for each month.
2017 Dates: June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17
2018 Dates: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20
Megan Reed offers high quality and fun music education for parents and children with classes on our campus. Megan's passion stems from her belief that every human being is profoundly musical, and she would love the opportunity to nurture this gift in you and your child!
Toddlers (walking –3)
Kids (2s and 3s)
Big Kids (ages 4-5)
Young Musicians (K-Grade 2)
Introductory Rates: $70/month or $200/4 month semester.
Simply Music Piano by appointment. (Age 6 - adult) Contact Megan to set up a time.
$30/private lesson or $20/group lesson.
More information at im-music.com
Taught by: Megan Reed, Master of Music Performance, Yale University, Master of Music Education, VanderCook College of Music. Contact Megan at 602-327-0493 or email@example.com.