Kids are welcome at St. Stephen’s, too! We have a variety of child care and educational options available. When you arrive at St. Stephen’s, one of our trained Christian Education coordinators will help you navigate our children & youth programs.
The Nursery at St. Stephen’s is open every Sunday from 9:00 am until Noon. This is a free, drop-in service available for parents who are attending Sunday services. A nursery curriculum is being implemented so that our littlest members can start to learn the stories of the Bible through reading-aloud, music and play.
Children’s Christian Formation (K-5)
This group meets on Sundays at 9:15am and continues until about 10:40 am (children return to church after the sermon). We use the Spark Lectionary program which involves lessons, games and discussions based on the same Gospel story that is used in church that Sunday. This group meets every Sunday other than the first Sunday of the month (which has Godly Play instead).
The first Sunday of the month is reserved for Godly Play. Children gather in the special Godly Play chapel (parents are welcome, too!) where our specially-trained Godly Play instructors will lead the children in discovering God through Bible stories and play.
Youth Education (6-12)
Our older youth meet from 9:15am to 10:00 each Sunday, and use the Echo curriculum to learn about and discuss the Bible. Our adult leaders help the children engage in thoughtful discussion about how Christian values impact their own life choices. Much of this program is guided by the thoughts and questions asked by our youth members.
Be sure to check out our Families with Young Children group for fellowship and support from other parents. And if you have kids in grades 6 through 12, you may want to check out our joint Youth Group.
Safety & Child Protection
The care and protection of children is of the utmost importance to us. All staff and volunteers who work with children have the appropriate Child Abuse and Criminal Records clearances. We require everyone who works with children to attend training on recognizing, preventing and reporting child abuse. St. Stephen’s complies with all state and federal laws relating to the reporting of child abuse to the proper authorities.