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 8:00am to 12:00pm on Sunday mornings. 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: 9:00am) 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 10:10am:
Children’s Education for Preschool (age 4) through Grade 3
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. Children gather together in Manning Hall and then move into age appropriate activities. 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 10:10am! 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.
September through May, All Saints’ youth in grades 4-7 will meet every Sunday at 10:10am to explore students’ own questions about God, creation, human beings, and more! Through a variety of activities, this group will learn different practices of prayer from Scripture and Christian tradition, and discuss how these practices influence their relationships with God, family and friends. Through these conversations and activities, students will deepen the connection between their Christian faith, and their real, lived lives. We will also gather throughout the year for special activities, fun events, and service projects outside of Sunday mornings, often joining forces with the Acolyte Corps and the 8th-12th Grade Youth!
8th-12th Grade Youth Group
This year, All Saints’ will begin a new program designed to meet the particular needs of students in grades 8-12. This group will gather twice a month to explore what it means to each of us to practice our faith in the real world, through service, prayer, learning, and fun! Guided by the two Great Commandments of Jesus, and the 2,000 years of experience of God of those who came before us, we will explore deeper questions of Christian faith and practice, discuss the impact this has on our lives and relationships, and gather for special activities, fun events, and service projects throughout the year, sometimes joining forces with the 4th-7th Grade Youth and the Acolyte Corps, and sometimes flying solo!
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 annual visitation in May.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 602-228-3712.
Connect to the All Saints' Acolyte Website--for acolytes by acolytes, by clicking here.
Exploring the Saints
These Sundays are fun opportunities for the whole family to learn together. We will meet on these dates in the St. Barbara rooms at 10:10am. These events are open to all ages.
September 23, 2018
Lord, Teach Us To Pray
Learn about the Lord’s Prayer throughout history and some fun tricks for helping children to memorize it.
November 25, 2018
Prepare the Way!
Advent is coming! Make yourself ready with some prayer stations, make your own Advent wreath, and more.
February 24, 2019
Together, learn more about the images of the divine in sacred icons, and try your hand at creating an icon for your own meditation.
April 14, 2019
Station of the Cross for All
As Holy Week begins, join us for an abbreviated experiential version of the Stations of the Cross for all.
May 19, 2019
Sundaes on Sunday
This fun close to our program year is a celebration with ice cream sundaes in the Close Garden.
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.
August 5, 2018
To celebrate and bless the beginning of a new school year, students, preschool through high school, and teachers bring their backpacks or lunch boxes to the 10am service for a blessing.
August 25, 2018
Our family programing will kick off on Saturday, August 25, with our Annual All Saints' Chapel Rock Day! Children, youth, adults, and families are all invited to join our parish family for a day at Chapel Rock, our beautiful camp and conference center in the cool pines of Prescott. Come for a day of team-building exercises, ropes courses, story sharing, and other activities, and get to know the amazing members of our community better than ever! (There will be activities for those who opt out of the more active aspects of the challenge courses as well.) To register, click here to print the forms (and then pay online by clicking here).
October 7, 2018 at 9am in the Memorial Garden
Bring your pets, family, and friends for this All Saints’ traditional favorite in celebration of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.
October 14, 2018 at 11am in the Church
At this special 11am service, we celebrate more than 50 years of academic excellence, spiritual formation, and compelling Pre-K through 8 education. Enjoy music from a cast of thousands-Choirs from All Saints' Day School Lower School, the Choristers, as well as the Senior Choir. A reception in the Memorial Garden follows the service, hosted by the Day School Admission Office.
Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10am to 3pm on the athletic field we will be hosting the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition’s (PACC-911) Pet Adopt-a-thon. More than 50 rescue organizations will be on campus to help these pets find their forever home, plus get a blessing from All Saints' clergy.
December 19, 2018
We get into the spirit of Christmas and sing Christmas Carols outside in the chilly December night air with family, friends, and a caroling visit to our neighbors at Maryland Gardens. Hot chocolate and cookies provided.
December 24, 2018
Our 3:30pm Christmas Eve service is specifically geared toward children and families. The All Saints’ Sunday School children prepare and present a retelling of the Nativity Story. All children who attend the service are invited to participate in the wonder of the birth of Christ and “star” in the Story!
March 5, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Our Annual Pancake Supper in Manning Hall is a big celebration before the season of Lent. We
have delicious pancakes, pancake races, and an Alleluia Parade with the Day School Band.
Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019
Following the 9:00am Outdoor Easter Eucharist, we have an Easter Egg Hunt throughout the Day School campus for children in Grade 3 and younger.
Vacation Bible School June 24-28, 2019
This is our weeklong camp for Grades K-12 held during the summer. Each day of the week we provide Christian service to different organizations around the valley, which help others in the community. Space is limited. Registration in April 2019.