Children and Family Ministry

St. Stephen’s Children & Family Ministries has transitioned online! For more information, please contact the office: admin@sslv.org to be added to our weekly Sunday School email.

For Fall 2020 we will be offering a hybrid model of learning, exploring The Beatitudes. During the week, children and families will receive a packet of materials relating to the theme of the week, which will be accompanied by a video made available each Thursday that will introduce you to the theme for the week and give you an activity and a question or two to ponder. On Sunday mornings at 10am, we will gather for a short Zoom time to share our experiences and wonderings, to engage deeper with the theme, to pray and be together with one another, and more! If you would like to be a part of our fall program, please reach out to the office to get your name on our mailing lists!

Children and Families are an important part of St. Stephen’s congregation.  We welcome children with gladness!  Our mission is to help children develop a spiritual relationship with God in a caring, safe, and fun environment.  Gretchen Moore is our Children and Family Ministries Director.

Children of all ages are welcome at St. Stephen’s and we offer a variety of options for families to engage in worship, formation, and fellowship.

Special Notes for Families with Infants and Toddlers 

Nursery Care available every Sunday, September-May, 10:15am-11:00am (Children join their families for the Eucharist)

Godly Play. Godly Play is a fully interactive retelling of the stories of our faith. From the story of creation to Jesus’ birth to his sacrifice for us in Easter, Godly Play affords children an opportunity to engage in wonder about the stories that teach us our faith. Beginning December 1, 2019, Godly Play will be offered every Sunday at 10am in the Parish Hall Library, and lasts roughly 25 minutes. While all are welcome to attend, this formation time is especially designed for families with young children (under 9 years old).

Episcopal Youth Community. Gathering every Sunday, September-May, immediately following the 10:30am service (roughly at 11:35am), this formation, fellowship, and service ministry for children (especially appropriate for children aged 9-13 years old), offers an opportunity to dive deeper into the stories of our faith and begin to grow into a mature understanding of our faith.

St. Stephen’s Youth Group. St. Stephen’s Youth Group is an opportunity for those aged 13-18 years old to come together for food, fellowship, and fun, growing in our faith and serving our community.