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.
Children’s Education for Preschool (age 4) through Grade 3
Each week (September through May), there are Christian Education classes for children which are taught by Dawn Trueblood and her team of dedicated volunteers. The following Christian Education classes take place at 9am in the St. Barbara Meeting Rooms
Our youngest disciples will explore scripture, prayer, and traditions of the church in a fun program that includes at-home engagement for the entire family. 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.
In the sacramental rite of Confirmation, baptized students in grades 7 and up express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. The All Saints’ Youth Confirmation preparation program begins in January. A weekly commitment through Easter to worship, prayer, study, and discussion, with other students and All Saints’ clergy and adult mentors, prepares young people to make this commitment during the Bishop’s visitation. Contact Pastor Emilie Finn for more details. firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASP meets the THIRD SUNDAY of each month at 9am. Location to be determined so watch the bulletin insert and the eblast.
The Youth Acolyte Corps is a group of youth, grades 4-12, who volunteer their time and talent to serve during the Sunday morning liturgies, as well as special services like Christmas Eve and Holy Week. They perform a variety of roles including, but not limited to, carrying the processional crosses, torches, flags, and assisting with incense. These youth are trained to assist the priest (celebrant) at the altar, take part in the Gospel procession and assist with the setting of the altar for the Eucharist. The acolytes also perform the important role of providing a model for the congregation in terms of participation in the liturgy.
Our Acolyte Corps also actively engages in Christian formation. We like to call this portion of our program C.L.A.S.P. All Saints' parish mission consists of Connecting, Learning, Serving, and Praying. As acolytes, we find ourselves right in the middle of this - exactly where we want to be! The word "clasp" means to grasp tightly, to fasten; a device with interlocking parts or an embrace. We are working out how to hold on to many things in our world: our families and friends, our Christian traditions, and our communities. We are figuring out how we, as the body of Christ, can do this together. It's hard work! It's also great fun! We have monthly discussions on these topics and also have activities and service projects so we can get to know ourselves and our fellow acolytes better. We hope you will join us in our ministry. If you are in grades four and up, and are interested in getting involved, please email Mr. Timothy Hyland at email@example.com or call at 602-228-3712.
Connect to the All Saints' Acolyte Website--for acolytes by acolytes, by clicking here.
If you would like Nursery Service for your children during church during this time of COVID-19, please call the Church Office at 602.279.5539 to share your thoughts. We would like to learn more so we can work back towards providing this service.