Church School 2019-20: Learning about the Family of God
Our theme for this Church School year is Family of God. We focus on integration of children into the life of the parish-at-large. We continue to offer opportunities to practice direct service, engaging our larger Church family with us in these endeavors. To support more intergenerational connections (because we know this is how faith is built), and to encourage the "practice" of Episcopal worship, and to lift up the vital role of each member of Christ's body, we are committing to:
- Shared worship on the first Sunday of every month
- Short lectionary-based story time for children downstairs, followed by shared Eucharist on the second and third Sundays of the month
- Special projects, including community-wide service projects, on the fourth/fifth Sundays of the month
We hope to have one school-age reader on the first Sunday of every month. Children and youth can assist with ushering at most any time, and there are many opportunities for older children and youth to share instrumental music. If your child has interest in ushering, reading, or music, please contact Rev. Gretchen at .
The kids will be challenged to interact with their larger Church families in new ways. They'll spend time learning about the diversity and breadth of God's family in our community and around the world. See you soon!
Classes are offered for Nursery (ages 0-3), Preschool (ages 3-4), Kindergarten-1st Grade, 2nd Grade-3rd Grade, 4th Grade-5th Grade and the QUEST Class for grades 6-9. Please plan to join us. It's going to be a great year!
You can sign up for Church School any Sunday. Nursery care is always available for our smallest parishioners and children’s worship and church school classes are provided for children 3 years old through the 5th grade. QUEST, our class for 6th-9th graders, gathers every Sunday morning to share a game, a time to review the week, and a lesson, before they join the second half of adult worship.
Classes are offered September through May during the 10:15 a.m. service for ages preschool through 9th grade. Please plan to have your children join us! It's going to be a great year! You can register your children any Sunday downstairs in the church school area or in the QUEST room.
Children are always welcome in adult worship. There are toy and book baskets at the back of the church. For those who would prefer to use the nursery, it is available for infants and toddlers during the 10:15 a.m. service on Sundays. The nursery is in the Church School area below the parish hall. Ask an usher for directions. Our nursery workers are thoroughly trained and certified in the Safeguarding God's Children program. We invite parents to leave their cell number in the nursery so a nursery worker can contact you via text message, if needed, during a service.
Church School for Preschool - 5th grade
Church school programs are available September-May during the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service for preschool (ages 3-4), and grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5. You can register your children any Sunday downstairs in the church school area.
Check our calendar for family-friendly events, including some of the Explorations offerings. Recent events have included a wildflower walk, a bird walk, decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs, and our annual Blessing of the Animals and Advent wreath-making and crafts.
Summer Vacation Bible School -- Kids Camp
Vacation Bible School, this year called Kids Camp, is offered for a week during the summer, this year at University Congregational Church, 405 University Avenue. Children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade have a blast each day that week from 9 a.m. until noon as they spend time with their Church School friends, explore the Bible, get creative with hands-on art projects, and burn energy with active games.
The Episcopal Diocese of Montana owns a beautiful camp on Flathead Lake which offers summer camp opportunities for grade 3 and up, Family Camp, and retreat and rental opportunities. Click the picture at right to watch a video celebrating 70 years of Camp Marshall!
Camp Marshall is located near Polson along the west shore of Flathead Lake. The camp schedule and registration information is available on the Camp Marshall website.