Children, Youth & Family Ministries

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.


  • All Saints' Nursery

    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. 


  • Children's Corner  

    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 coloring page and a small bag of crayons on the way into the main church.

  • Children's Chapel

    Children's Chapel is offered most Sundays for all children, through Grade 3, during 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. 

  • Sunday Children and Family Education Programs

    AS OF MARCH 15, 2020, CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FOR ALL AGES IS ON HIATUS.  WE WILL POST AS SOON AS IT RESUMES.  BE SAFE OUT THERE & WASH YOUR HANDS!


    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 the Day School Library. 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!  

  • Youth Christian Education

    AS OF MARCH 15, 2020, CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FOR ALL AGES IS ON HIATUS. WE WILL POST AS SOON AS IT RESUMES. BE SAFE OUT THERE & WASH YOUR HANDS!



    This year, All Saints’ youth in grades 4-7 will meet every Sunday at 10:10am in the Day School Library to explore students’ own questions about God, creation, human beings, and more! Through a variety of activities, this group will learn about Scripture and Christian tradition, and discuss how they 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.

     

    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 for special events and service projects as we explore what it means to each of us to practice our faith in the real world. 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. 

     

  • Youth Confirmation Program

    AS OF MARCH 15, 2020, CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FOR ALL AGES IS ON HIATUS. WE WILL POST AS SOON AS IT RESUMES. BE SAFE OUT THERE & WASH YOUR HANDS!



    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. 

  • The Acolytes Corps & C.L.A.S.P.

    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 thyland@cavanaghlaw.com or call at 602-228-3712.


    Connect to the All Saints' Acolyte Website--for acolytes by acolytes, by clicking here. 

  • Special Sundays for the Family

    September 21-22, 2019

    Potluck Weekend

    Bring something tasty for fun and fellowship at 10am on Sunday, or after the 5pm on Saturday.

     

    November 24, 2019

    Advent Wreath Making

    Advent is coming! Make yourself ready with your own Advent wreath and more.

     

    February 24, 2020

    Symbols & Stained Glass

    Together, learn more about the images of the divine around our church and about the meaning behind these images we see each week.

     

    April 5, 2020  TBD

    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 17, 2020 TBD

    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 mbreed73@gmail.com.

  • Resources for Faith at Home

    For weekly ideas to foster faith at home, in any setting, visit growchristians.org.


    Connect with other All Saints' families on our Children-Youth & Families Facebook Page.