St. Mary’s youth programs offers fun, growth, development, and time together. Young people participate in worship as acolytes, choir singers, and lay readers; attend parish and diocesan activities; perform service to the community – for example, helping cook meals for the BSAFE summer program for inner city youth. In their time together they make friends, come to understand their responsibilities and grow into their places as people of God.
Sunday School for all kindergarteners through fifth graders begins at 9:45AM with a Godly Play lesson, after which they join their families and the parish for Holy Eucharist and remain for the conclusion of the service. Our Godly Play program teaches Bible stories, parables and liturgical actions through story-telling with concrete objects and biblical figures. These durable story-telling materials draw children more deeply into the stories, creating a sacred space in which children are invited to wonder and grow in spiritual relationship to God.
Youth in grades six and higher can attend our Youth Group with community-building activities and confirmation preparation.
In addition to attending Sunday school, many of our youth are members of the Junior Choir and/or serve at the altar as an acolyte.