Children are an important part of our community, and St. Mark’s is committed to providing a safe and loving environment in which children and adults can grow together in faith. We value children and their spiritual presence with us.
Godly Play classes, for children ages 3-6, take place during Children’s Church at the 9 & 11 a.m. services (during the program year), and at the 10 a.m service during the summer months. Children will begin the service in the church with their families, then depart for Godly Play, reuniting with their family during the Peace. Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond (from the Godly Play Foundation).
StoryMakers, for children ages 7-10, during Children’s Church at the 11 a.m. service. This new curriculum introduces children to God’s life-giving love through creative engagement with the great stories of the Bible. Children will begin the service in the church with their families, then depart for StoryMakers, reuniting with their family during the Peace.
Nursery during Sunday service hours, for children ages 0-3: St. Mark’s provides nursery services for crawling babies through approximately age 3 years old, open continuously during Sunday service times. Nursery care is available every Sunday during the academic year from 8:45 am - 12:15 pm., (summer schedule: 9:45 am - 11:15 am).
Safeguarding: All paid employees, nursery staff, and volunteers who work with children or youth in our church are required to be certified through Safeguarding God’s Children, an education program developed by Praesidium Religious Services for the Episcopal Church. Safeguarding God’s Children offers valuable information about the problem of child abuse in our society, and informs us of ways we can protect our children as well as those who work with children.