And Jesus said, “Let the children to come to me; do not hinder them.  The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these."... And he took them in his arms and began blessing them - Mark 10:13-16

Our Children's Ministry provides a safe environment for families to be formed as disciples -- for children and parents to grow together as followers of Jesus. 

Check out the different areas of children's ministry below.  To learn more, contact our associate rector, the Rev. Dr. Cal Lane

Nursery

Nursery (Infants - Age 3): Reopens Sept 12

Our Nursery is a safe, clean, and welcoming environment guided by current “Safe Church” standards with well-trained professional care providers. We offer Nursery on Sundays from 9am-Noon. We also offer Nursery for other significant programs and worship opportunities. In addition to Lori Constantine (supervisor) we have four other staff members who serve when scheduled. Our nursery leaders have significant training (either currently working in daycare or in early childhood development). Unlike almost all other areas of ministry, our nursery staff are not volunteers; they are professional care providers.  Our nursery staff members are vaccinated and will also wear masks around children.  Following CDC guidelines, children nursery age (infants - age 3) are not required to mask.

Sunday School, 10am-10:45am 

We're so glad to resume in-person Godly Play for preschoolers through 4th grade.  We will be meeting outdoors in the big tent by the lower lot in September & October.  Masks are optional outside.  We plan to use this time outdoors to the fullest both with solid Bible lessons and outdoor activities. We are also diligent to ensure all our children’s ministry volunteers have taken Safe-Guarding God’s Children.

Godly Play is an exciting, Montessori-style Children’s Christian Education Program. It involves telling stories from scripture but in a hands-on way. In Godly Play, children learn through play as they move through God’s word. It is a tactile program using “sets” of figurines. 

Children in Worship

While our nursery is available for infants to age 3 from 9am-Noon, all worship services at St. George's Church are family friendly.  You are always welcome to have your child with you!  We love having kids in our worship services -- we feel its vital for a child's development as a Christian to feel like she or he is part of worship, not an "interloper" in the thing adults do. Our 9am indoor service lasts about 45 minutes and our 11am indoor service lasts about one hour.  The outdoor service at 11am (through October) is also a pretty good option for kids too.

But what if my kid is getting squirmy?  Here are two suggestions.  First, families are welcome to use our "busy bags" found in baskets near the baptismal font (feel free to ask an usher).  Second, if your little one needs a breather, it's easy to step into the narthex (the entry area).  The wall between the narthex and the church is glass and the sound comes through speakers, so it's sort of like you've not left worship.  Above all, know that you and your children are welcome here!   

Christmas Pageant

Each Advent our children engage in a dramatic pageant. This has been both traditional depictions of the nativity as well as more creative portrayals of the prophets leading up to the nativity of Christ. 

VBS

Vacation Bible School is usually held for one week in late June or early July.

Registration usually opens in April on our website and we welcome children age 4 to rising 5th grade.  VBS runs 9am-Noon, Monday through Friday.  Kids are organized into age-appropriate crews and enjoy singing, games, science projects, and Bible stories.

Vacation Bible School is one of the largest ministries of St. George’s Church involving easily 40 to 50 volunteers, some behind the scenes. One of the strengths of our VBS is that we provide live music.  We are also proud to follow our church's safe-guarding protocols for ministry with children.

Family Ministry

We hold a variety of events and programs aimed at strengthening families in our community.  We're so very excited to offer a FREE Christmas concert on December 19, 2021 (5pm) featuring New York recording artist Melanie Penn.  We also regularly offer a Fall conference called EQUIP aimed to welcome and help the local community in ways inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. EQUIP has featured workshops on faith and the arts, the opioid crisis, and issues surrounding suburban families like children and technology. A portion of EQUIP is also for children, both enabling parents to come and to engage children (not merely baby-sitting). We often employ local Christian artist and Dayton Art Institute museum educator, Matt Burgy, to hold programs with kids. Matt has become, in a sense, our “artist in residence” and we are proud that he produced the commissioned murals in our nursery.