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Children's Ministries

“Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and God's might, and the wonders that God has done.” Psalm 78:4

At the Parish of the Epiphany, our children’s programming focuses on sharing stories: stories from long ago that are central to our faith, as well as stories from our community and our own lives. It’s through our stories that our faith and relationships grow.

We offer faith formation experiences for children every Sunday. On the first Sunday of every month, children and their families join the 10:00 am service of worship in the sanctuary, where their time in worship is supported with special children’s materials and a children’s sermon. Children are also invited to participate in meaningful ways: doing readings, collecting the offering, and acting as acolytes. On the second, third, and fourth Sundays of each month, Church School classes for children in PreK through fifth grade are offered during the 10:00 am service of worship.

Sunday School: September - June 
In Church School, children are invited to explore and deepen their faith by immersing themselves in stories from the Bible. During our hands-on classes, we hear these stories in creative ways, explore and make art, learn fun facts, practice ways of prayer, and explore our own feelings and responses to these stories all within a loving and supportive community of teachers and children. 

Godly Play: Church School for Children in PreK through First Grade
Godly Play uses story telling, play, and wondering to invite young children into spiritual practice, and into the knowledge and traditions of the church. The lessons, presented as stories with tactile props, value imagination and children are invited to work with these stories in various ways — drawing, clay, play — as they make these stories their own. 

Godly Play is held in Upper Parish Hall, a spacious and window-filled hall on the second floor of our church building. Parents are always welcome to stay with their child, and many of our littlest children (including toddlers) participate with a parent. We ask that children who are ready to be dropped off be bathroom independent and able to stay with the group for 45 minutes.  

Storymakers: Church School for Children in Second through Fifth Grade
Our Storymakers curriculum creatively retells stories from the Old and New Testaments through “zines,” which are a beautifully illustrated combination guide, magazine, and workbook. Storymakers uses scripture and art to tell the core stories of our faith, and to invite children to connect their world and experiences with God’s big story. Join us as the Bible comes alive through art, play, and personal connection. 

Storymakers is held in the Sutter Room and Hadley Hall. Both Sutter and Hadley have large walls of windows, offering good ventilation. The children like the comfy chairs and the space to move!

Our next Church School year runs from September 18, 2022 through June 18, 2023.

Midweek
Every first and third Wednesday of the month, September through May, our whole church gathers together in community. We begin at 6:15 pm with an intergenerational dinner, followed by fellowship and children’s programming for those in preschool and elementary school. Children are invited to a time of musical enrichment with our Music Director, including a fun introduction to handbells, and a time of creative, hands-on art and STEM exploration with our Director of Children’s Ministry. During this time, adults and youth are invited to gather for a clergy-led Bible study that is rooted in asking questions, exploring answers, and growing in faith. 

Please reach out to Jeremy and Bryn with any questions. 

Find nourishment at Midweek.

Worship
Children are a joyful and integral part of our community. Children of all ages are always invited to every worship service, and the natural energy and sounds of children are welcome here on Sunday mornings. Special children’s bulletins are available from ushers, as well as materials to help guide children’s worship experience. All people, including children of every age, are invited to partake of communion.

Location & Contact

70 Church Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781.729.1922
office@3crowns.org

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