Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
— The Book of Common Prayer, p 829

Children’s Formation

As full members of the family of God, children occupy an important place in the life of Saint Philip’s Parish. Our Children’s Center offers many Christian education and music programs as well as a fully staffed nursery. We provide settings in which the children can explore and discover their spirituality; where they will learn, play, worship, and enjoy one another as part of the larger Saint Philip’s community.

Good Shepherd Atriums

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Children’s formation at Saint Philip’s begins with an acknowledgement of the intensely full and active religious life already present in every child. We desire to nurture and deepen that life in community through engagement with the living Jesus in the stories and parables of the Gospel and through a gradual understanding of God’s gentle but powerful desire to bring all people into loving relationship with God through Christ. 

Using the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd — a hands-on, sensory-rich Montessori-based curriculum — experienced catechists facilitate each child’s encounter with Christ the Good Shepherd and true Teacher. 

At 10:15am during the school year, children in preschool through the fifth grade meet in one of three lovingly prepared atriums in the Children’s Center to hear and tell stories, and to engage in response activities as they grow in their knowledge about and relationship with Jesus, themselves, and each other.

Comfy Space Service

On the second Sunday of each month, children and families are invited to join a celebration of the Eucharist in a relaxed setting in the Children’s Chapel at 9:15am. Sermon activities, prayer, Gospel readings, and songs are designed to engage children in an encounter with the Holy One who loves them as they are, invites them into relationship, and gives them grace to grow in faith, hope, and love. Parents and friends will discover themselves engaged as well!

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Children’s Worship Service

On the first, third and fourth Sunday of each month during the school year, we offer a worship service at 9:00am in the Children's Chapel designed for pre-K through 2nd grade children. Patterned after the Liturgy of the Word, the Children's Worship Service provides young seekers and believers with the opportunity to worship the God of Love who loves them dearly, to learn and sing simple songs of praise and thanksgiving, to pray, and to explore together one of the scripture lessons from the day's lectionary, discovering its message for them and its meaning in their lives. Worshipers will eventually process to the Sanctuary (during the Offertory) to stand directly in front of the altar for a close-up view of the Mysteries, then return to their families to receive the Eucharist!

Childcare

Saint Philip’s offers nursery and childcare service every Sunday from 8:30 until 12:30. Toddlers and infants are provided separate spaces with age-appropriate activities and a highly trained, professional staff.