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CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY

St. Barnabas children and youth are the foundation of our future. We welcome and celebrate all children as God’s creation. Our mission is to develop a community of encouragement for our children and youth. We encourage our children and youth to be active participants in The Episcopal Church traditions, worship, and practices. 

 

If you'd like more information about our children and family ministries, email Erika McCoy, our Director of Children & Family Ministries. 

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Godly Play:

Preschool–3rd Grade

Join us for a live gathering time and story! As always, your family is invited to light their own Christ candle. Are you ready?

The Godly Play approach helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles, leaders respond to a child’s request to “help me do it by myself.” This way, rather than being told who God is, children begin to discover God for themselves. Godly Play was written by Episcopal priest, author, and teacher Jerome Berryman.

Sundays • 9:00 a.m. • Zoom

Sundays • 10:00 a.m. • In-person, outdoor

Sunday's Cool Experience Outdoor

Sunday's Kool Experience (SKE):

4th–5th Grade

Students in Grades 4 and 5 have their own Church School class, Sunday’s Kool Experience. Crafts, games, puzzles, snacks, and tons of FUN for our kids.

Sundays • 10:00 a.m. • In-person, outdoor

Summer Camps

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Art of Creation Camp

The Art of Creation is a one-of-a-kind summer camp created, organized, and executed by over 70 volunteers of all ages. We invite 45 children (ages 4 through 5th grade) to discover the wonder of God’s love through various mediums including textile arts, sculpture, music, dance, and watercolor. The entire program is written by our volunteers and staff and the professional artisans are from our parish. The Art of Creation camp allows us to connect with new families in our community and is a shining star in our Children and Youth Ministry.

On pause for 2021

 

Family Camp

at the Procter Center

Family Camp at the Procter Center is the perfect way to slow down and relax for a few days every summer.

Programs on Pause

 
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Holy Communion:

2nd–3rd Grade

Tom Kirkpatrick and Susan Crabill welcome your children to their fantastic exploration of the Holy Eucharist and your child's relationship with God. The class has a number of special lessons including a visit with the clergy when students will learn all about the sacraments and altar vessels.

The class "graduates" on the third Sunday of November at the 10 a.m. service where the congregation celebrates them and recognizes their studies. 

Sundays in the Fall • 10 a.m. • Undercroft

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GPX (Godly Play Extension):

2nd–3rd Grade

GPX is a Godly Play Extension class, exploring the Godly Play lessons through extended learning techniques including Lego building, journaling, painting, and more. Come join the fun!

Sundays • 10 a.m. • Undercroft