Children’s Chapel & Nursery
At St. Mark’s we welcome children of every age at all worship services. We are blessed by their presence among us and know them to be signs of God’s Kingdom. We notice—to our joy—that the signs seem to be multiplying.
Children’s Chapel is held at both 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services during the academic year (10 a.m. during the summer months) and is designed for the spiritual lives of children age 4-7 years old. (Mature 3-year olds are allowed to attend at parents’ discretion.) Children are dismissed with a prayer after the Collect of the Day (near the beginning of the service) and then rejoin their parents before Communion.
At chapel, our children participate in a curriculum called Godly Play. Godly Play helps children explore their faith in ways that are relevant to their developmental stage - story, wonder, and play." The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman developed Godly Play through a lifetime of research and practice based on Montessori principles. The curriculum reflects the church's calendar, traditions, and beliefs. It exists to serve children in their discovery of God's presence in our lives, and introduces them to the language and practices of Christian congregations in a way that encourages their own spiritual flourishing in our community. Learn more about Godly Play by watching this introductory video.
The nursery is available for younger children (from crawling babies – 3 year olds) every Sunday from 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. during the academic year (9:45 - 11:15 a.m in the summer months). Children of all ages are encouraged to worship with their parents in the sanctuary. If your child becomes restless during the service, rocking chairs are set up in the Narthex for your convenience. In the Narthex, you’ll also find coloring book pages with crayons and a small children’s library for your and your child’s use.