Children and Youth

St Bart’s supports our children of all ages in a variety of ways.  We provide Daycare, Sunday School and older youth programs.

Sunday School

Our Sunday morning classes are age-based:

Explorers: Pre-K/K/First Grade

Seekers: Second/Third/Fourth Grades

Trailblazers: Fifth/Sixth/Seventh Grades

Sunday School begins at the same time as our 10:00 am worship service during the school year (September through mid-June). Families are encouraged to arrive about 9:55 am to drop off their children in the Sunday School wing, which is to the right side of the sanctuary. If you are new, please take a minute to introduce your family to the teacher in the classroom  and make sure to let someone know about any food allergies or other concerns.  After the lessons and special project for the day,  Sunday School teachers will bring the kids into the sanctuary at the Peace, where they will join their parents and be able to participate in the Eucharist.  The children will stay with their parents for the remainder of the service and thus will be able to join in singing the final hymn at the end of the service.

Our Sunday School program is primarily lectionary based, divided into six seasons:

Creation, Advent/Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.

The Bible stories told in class will be the same stories heard in church with the hope that intergenerational insights might be shared on the way home! In the classroom, we pray and sing and listen and discuss, and we always end with an opportunity for the kids to be creative with a project or craft that reinforces the story. Sunday School meets every Sunday during the school year with the exception of Easter and a few 3-day holiday weekends, when we all gather together in church.  On those Sundays, there are Activity Bags available by the ushers, if you would like your child to be able to keep quietly busy coloring or other small activity.

Daycare

We offer daycare during the school year as well, for children 4 years old and younger during the 10 am Sunday service. The daycare room is located at the very end of the Sunday School wing, closest to the parking area.  There are always two daycare providers present when daycare is provided.

Programs for older youth

If you are interested in programs for our older youths–eighth grade and high school, please contact someone on our Education Committee. Our youth programs continue to evolve, and St. Bart’s youth often participate in the excellent programming provided by First Parish.  Each year, our older youth have participated in a community service project trip to various areas locally or abroad.

Other Family programming

We also offer occasional get togethers for families on a weekend evening, such as “Bingo Night”.  Sometimes these are potlucks, sometimes the Education Committee provides pizza and dessert.  They are always festive gatherings for families to get together.

Other activities in which St. Bart’s families are involved:

Blessing of the Animals (in honor of St. Francis)

Maine Marathon Water Stop–St. Bart’s holds one of the official water stops for the Maine Marathon.  Many of our youth participate in handing out water and fruit and cheering on the runners as they pass by the church.

Christmas Fair Kids Crafts

Workshops

Christmas Eve Pageant–every child is invited to participate, and there is only one rehearsal!   The pageant is always in the afternoon on Christmas Eve.

Spring service project . . . just to name a few.

Your participation, suggestions and contributions are greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact  members of the Education Committee.

The Education Committee:

Danielle Damasco, Ted Danforth, Harriet Davis, Sophie Herr, The Rev. Dr. Nina Pooley