Children's Formation, or Sunday School, meets from 9:15 am to 10:15 am on Sunday Mornings.
Children and Youth from Pre-K to Senior High have formation options during this time. Young people and students move through our classes in cohorts, fostering long term relationships and friendships while growing in faith. New children may join at any time.
Godly Play 1: PreK - K
Godly Play 2: 1 - 3
Connect: 4 - 7
J2A: 7 - 10
About Godly Play
The Godly Play program, which applies Montessori methods to children in preschool and kindergarten, creates sacred space for children and adults, provides the tools for religious language and fosters creativity and imagination. Godly Play is deeply rooted in Christian faith, language, symbols, and stories. At the same time, Godly Play offers a spacious environment in which children can wonder, explore, and encounter the Sacred on their own terms. It is a discovery method that engages the whole child-hands, heart, mind, senses and intuition. Godly Play is a way to offer children language to describe things about faith and God that they already know, and honors the questions, play, and wondering of each child. Learn More about Godly Play
Connect is a sparkhouse curriculum designed especially for tweens. It uses short videos to get kids thinking and takes them through both the Old and New Testaments by connecting stories with each other. Learn More About Connect
J2A: Journey to Adulthood
J2A is a curriculum for teens that helps them take on more responsibility for adulthood and go deeper theologically. Students explore group dynamics, the self, and begin to dig deeper into the Episcopal Church, the Christian Faith, and the Bible. At St. Matthew's, our J2A program has been adapted for our students. At the end of their J2A experience, students plan and go on a pilgrimage to a place of their choice. The J2A group occasionally meets for social events outside of the education hour, including lock-ins and other gatherings.
Upperclassmen in 11th & 12th grade are invited to adult formation, to teach Sunday School in the younger classrooms, or may hang out with their peers in the atrium with their previous J2A leaders on Sunday mornings.
Young children (and their accomanying noises) are always welcome in worship. However, if parents or kids find themselves needing a break, or not particularly ready for church today, our nursery is staffed by two childcare professionals each Sunday.
Learn more about Sunday School for Children and Youth by contacting Maggie Nancarrow, Director of Children, Youth, and Intergenerational Formation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Newcomers are always welcome at 9:15 on Sunday mornings, but if that's a little daunting, please feel free to come for worship at 10:30 to check us out first. Maggie would be happy to chat with you about your family and whether or not you'd like to begin Sunday School.