Children’s Christian Formation
Children are a very 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.
All paid employees, nursery staff, and volunteers who work with children or youth in our church, are required to attend 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.
Children’s Christian Formation hour is from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. on Sundays during the program year (September—May).
To register your child(ren), please fill out the Registration Form. Click here to access the form.
- Godly Play classes are held for Pre-kindergartners through 2nd grade. Godly Play teaches children “the art of using the language of our Christian tradition so that they may encounter God in a personal way and begin to find direction for their own lives. It also draws heavily on the ancient tradition of storytelling where the storyteller tries to almost disappear so that the listener can enter the story completely and without distraction.”
- Our 3rd through 5th grade classes use a curriculum created by our Curate, the Rev. Travis Smith. The class will explore some of the more exciting Old and New Testament Stories.
- Middle and high school students meet together for breakfast and discussion about how to live as a Christian in today’s world. The class is working their way through a three-year curriculum of Old and New Testament Bible stories, chosen by the Rev. Travis Smith.
- Youth Group is for students in grades 6-12, and typically meets each week on Sunday afternoon for 2 hours for social events, field trips, or outreach activities.