Children & Youth
We offer a religious education program for preschoolers, elementary-age children, middle-schoolers and high school age youth. With very few exceptions our offerings for children and youth are free, and children of both members and friends can attend. During the program year (September through June), Sunday classes are available for three year-olds through 4th grade at both the 9:00 and 11:00 services. Our class for 5th and 6th graders and our middle school offerings happen only at the 11:00 service. High school youth gather for Senior Youth Group Sunday afternoons at 4:30. We also provide a nursery for infants and toddlers up to age three at both services.
During the summer months, we offer programming for children through 6th grade at the 10:00 service, and nursery care for infants and toddlers up to age three. Middle and high school youth are encouraged to attend the service during the summer months.
Visiting on Sunday Morning
Here are some helpful tips for bringing your child(ren) on your first Sunday at South Church:
- When you arrive, please check in with a volunteer at the Welcome Table in the entry. They can help you get settled and pointed in the right direction.
- Check out the Religious Education this Week sign in the entry for information about the program for that day. It contains information about any changes to the regular program, as well as upcoming special events.
- If you would like to meet Director of Religious Education, Kirsten Hunter, please head downstairs to the Parish Hall to introduce yourself. For detailed information, please schedule an appointment, as Sunday mornings tend to be quite busy.
- Children generally get “sung out” to their classes about fifteen minutes into the service. If you are visiting for the first or second time, please accompany your child(ren) downstairs, so that you can meet their teachers, sign in, and see their classroom. Parents are welcome to stay in the classroom with their children, if they wish to experience an R.E. class or if their children require some extra assistance getting settled. All children in Sunday morning programming must have a responsible adult on site while they are with us. For safety reasons, parents may not drop off children and leave the church campus.
- Children are welcome to remain with their parents in the sanctuary. “Pew Packs” with crayons, drawing paper and other items are available at the back of the sanctuary.
- Periodically during the year, we hold multi-generational services that are designed to engage all ages from start to finish. To learn more about them, please read about families in worship (link to Families in Worship page).
- It can be nerve wracking to bring children to a church, especially when they have trouble sitting still and being quiet. Know that our congregation is home to many children and youth, and we’re used to the sounds of life that children bring into our community. If your child is having an especially disruptive moment (e.g. extended loud crying), feel free to walk back to the entry or parish hall to get him or her settled, then come back when you feel comfortable. Know that we’re glad you and your child have joined us, and that we support you in taking care of your children as you need to.
Want to know more about family programing? Visit our What We Offer page.