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
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!
On the first, third and fourth Sunday of each month (and beginning 6 October 2019), our pre-K through second grade young ones worship with the congregation in the West Transept of the Sanctuary. There, Shepherds lead the children in quiet prayer activities and help them engage in the meaning and movement of the liturgy. During the Offertory, the children enter the chancel 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!
Saint Philip’s Nursery
Saint Philip’s offers nursery and childcare services every Sunday from 8:30am until 12:30pm. Children in the nursery participate in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for infants and toddlers, led by our trained professional staff.