Why are we here?
What do we want to be sure our children know?
How are we passing on our faith to our children?
We participate in the faith community of St. Bart’s because we find strength in raising our families together. The ecosystem of learning and worship that we foster in this place provides resources, encouragement, and fellowship as we raise our children to be grounded in the Christian story.
We want our children to know that God is love; that God created each of us uniquely and loves each of us just as we are; that Jesus was born, lived, died, and rose again for each of us; that we are followers of the Way of Jesus of Nazareth: countercultural, radically welcoming, fearlessly compassionate, focused on justice and respecting the diversity of every human being; that the call of Christ-followers is to proclaim the redeeming love of God to the world, as we work together to build God’s kingdom through worship, service, and prayer.
If you have questions about Children's Formation, please contact Alex Howard, Children's Minister.
Ages 2-5th Grade
10 a.m. in the Education Building
Classes meet during the school year, September through early June. Lessons are generally lectionary based for Preschool-aged and we also celebrate special holidays and events from the church calendar. Kindergarteners through 3rd Graders enjoy Godly Play, while 4th and 5th Graders adventure through the Bible starting with the Old Testament and then the New Testament.
Complete the Christian Formation Registration Form and return it to the church office.
Helping others is a priority in Sunday School. Children visit and sing to elderly residents at Pomerado Manor. We love to support our Vida Joven sponsor child, Daniel, who was living on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico until he found a loving home at Vida Joven. The children enjoy hearing what 5-year-old Daniel gets up to while learning to think of others on a regular basis.
Newborns-3 years old
8:45-11:30 a.m. in the Education Building, 1st floor
Our nursery staff are professional preschool teachers who have passed a background check and completed child safety training.
In the spring of each year, we offer a communion recognition class for 2nd graders and above to teach them the history and traditions of our church and why we receive communion.
3rd Grade and Older
Rehearsals: Sundays 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 5:15-6 p.m.
Young people in 3rd grade through early college learn to sing and expand their musical skills. All are welcome, regardless of music background. Students receive singing and music theory instruction and also learn musicianship skills. Choristers sing in church the first and third Sundays of the month. Contact Nathan Costa for more information.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a fun-filled week of games, crafts, snacks, and, of course, Bible lessons. We connect God's love to every activity, so children experience God in creative ways. VBS is for children age 2-5th grade. Volunteers, 6th grade to adults, are needed to decorate prior to VBS and lead groups during the week. Find out more about Vacation Bible School at St. Bart's.