Children’s Sunday school at St Michael’s
Bible stories, with their drama and excitement, their miracles and battles, their messages of love, faithfulness, hope, and joy all show children the wonder of the presence of God. At St Michael’s we guide children on their faith journey by offering an environment that encourages them to be open, honest and genuinely enquiring.
Sunday School classes are held during the first part of the 9 am and 11 am services then children join their parents and families in time to celebrate Eucharist. VIP (3-5 yr. olds), Kid’s InterMission (K-5th graders), and Breakfast Club (6th-12th graders) are held 10:10-10:50 am and we have nursery for those younger than three yrs. old every Sunday from 8:45am until 12:30pm
Note: Our Sunday School and Nursery programs will not be offered December 28. Please join us for our normal programming January 4
During Advent the children have been learning about waiting and preparing for the birth of Jesus. They are making a Jesse tree, named for the Old Testament figure, Jesse, the father of David This tree connects the Old Testament with the Advent season and is decorated with symbols of all those who went before us and prepared the way for the coming of Christ, starting with creation and the Garden of Eden and ending with Mary.
Family Movie Night Saturday Dec 21 5pm
Join us on the 21st, the fourth Sunday of Advent, for Family Movie Night! We will be showing the new holiday favorite: ELF (PG). A delicious meal of hamburgers and hotdogs will be served at 5pm and the movie will begin promptly after dinner. There will be both vegetarian and gluten free options available. Cost: $ 5 per person, with a family max of $20. Wear your pjs and bring a blanket.
Christmas Pageant December 24 5pm
Please join us for the 5:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. All children are welcome to take part in our simple pageant. Costumes are optional but you can come dressed as angels (white clothing, halo and wings) or shepherds (bathrobe, dishtowel head dress and wooden “crook”) if you would like to. Some costumes will be available. Gather in the worship space entryway when you arrive. If you have any questions, please contact Lesley Margerrison
Family advent wreaths
Lots of families came together on the first Sunday in Advent to make an advent wreath. Throughout the season of Advent the candles can be lit in preparation for the coming of Jesus. A few kits are still available: contact Lesley Margerrison (Children’s Education Minister) if you would like one. $15 covers the cost of materials
Family craft on All Saints day
Lots of remembrance stars now adorn the window on the back on the church, behind the baptismal font, each one inscribed with the names of the loved ones that we remember.
Trunk or Treat
Pictures in the parish hall
What a fun evening! Over 150 people came and enjoyed a delicious taco meal, bid on an amazing array of halloween cakes, played on a huge inflatable obstacle course and acquired mountains of candy from all the generous and wonderfully decorated trunks.
Ledges is a program for all 3rd – 5th graders that meets every first and third Wednesday of the month, from 5-7pm It mirrors a traditional youth group -during the evening the children will have dinner together, play games, get to know one another more, and have an age appropriate bible study. More details
School year Sunday morning Christian Education programs
St. Michael’s Nursery
We offer a quality nursery program for infants through 3 yr. olds from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Sunday. It is staffed by four experienced nannies who have been through the Episcopal Church’s “Safeguarding God’s Children” training. We have two rooms in our nursery, one for infants – 24 months and one for two year olds. The two year old room has a morning schedule that includes a Bible story, outside play, indoor play, art time, snack time and more! When children turn three and are potty trained, they move into the 3 & 4 year old Sunday school class.
Sunday School for Children and Youth
Programs at: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School Overview
Children and youth attend class at the beginning of the services and join worship in progress (at the Peace). During their class, they hear lessons and respond to them on their developmental level while the adults are hearing the lessons of the day and a sermon (a response to the lessons). Then we all experience the liturgy of the table and Eucharist together. Children are welcome to attend the whole worship service if they prefer not to attend Sunday school.
*No Sunday School classes are provided Easter morning or the first Sunday after Christmas
Curriculum Descriptions & Class Locations:
- 3 – 4 year olds (Room #2)
Let the Children Come - Children hear a story and participate with craft stick figures created for each story. Class begins with free play time, followed by “The Lords Prayer” which opens circle time. Next, the story is presented and is followed by craft time at the table.
- Kindergarteners to Fifth Graders (check bulletin board inside education wing entrance for weekly room location) Workshop Rotation – Grass roots curriculum, ideas shared online (rotation.org). The story is told three weeks in a row, but in a different workshop for each grade level (ours include cooking something that ties with the story in Garden of Eatin’, acting out the story or using the puppet theatre in Parable Productions and creating an art project in How Great Thou Art). [Multi-intelligence based and the most exciting curriculum we have seen in years.]
- Sixth to Twelfth Graders (Rooms #6 and #8)
Living the Good News – Lectionary based curriculum written by the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado Christian Education Department. There is a weekly focus which reflects the theme of the scriptures for that Sunday. Class time includes opening activities, scripture readings, discussions and “going deeper” experiences. Taught by our Youth Minister and experienced adult mentors.
10:10 to 10:50 Sunday Morning Programs
During the adult classe sat 10:10 a.m., these programs are offered for children of all ages:
- Infants through 5 year olds: VIP: Very Important Pre-schoolers (Nurseries A & B) – Free play and snack with nannies in our nurseries.
- Kindergarten to Fifth Graders: Kid’s Intermission (Room #4) – games and crafts, time to develop friendships and interact in a fun environment.
- Sixth to Twelfth Graders: Breakfast Club (Room #8) – A time to socialize and enjoy light snacks with our youth minister, Mary Conkling.
Vacation Bible Camp
Workshop of Wonders was a wonderful week of fun. Save the date for our 2015 VBC June 8-12 -more details to follow
For information about VBC or any of our programs for children and youth contact Lesley Margerrison Children’s Christian Education Minister.