Grace Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people, of all ages. Children are always welcome to worship with the congregation, and always invited into learning with the community of children.
Sunday morning programs with children and youth at 10:45 a.m., on the crypt level, for children and middle school youth. High School Youth Group meets at 10:25 near the Peet's Coffee Cart.
Visiting children & youth are welcome in all programs for children. Enter from Taylor Street or the cathedral garage and The Family Ministries Welcome Team will be there to greet you.
The number of children's sanctuaries and the specific age groupings and activities will change from time to time, in response to our community of children, their developmental stages and interests.
Children are having their own experiences of God! Godly Play invites children into the art of using religious language, and especially the language of the Christian people: sacred stories, liturgical actions, parables, and silence, in a Christian community, which honors the children’s special needs and sensibilities.
Play is children's work.
The Godly Play room is a children’s sanctuary. In this place, the two adult teachers are invited guests and fellow learners with the children they serve. In the Montessori tradition, a variety of materials are offered, for each child to choose his/her own way of responding to what s/he learns.
When our Godly Play session finishes, the community of children enters the cathedral in the Offertory procession, and joining with their families (in the family seating area) for the Holy Communion.
For the 2013-2014 program year: Godly Play 1 includes children 4-years-old through Kindergarten; Godly Play 2 is for 1st-3rd graders.
Honoring the spiritual lives of children is a life-long practice. Older children and middle school youth explore their own questions, finding food for the journey in our Christian faith, the Anglican tradition, and the Episcopal Church. GraceQuest members have options: some will choose to work on a collaborative project, some may choose to participate in a discussion group. In addition, many GraceQuest members and other children and youth choose to serve in the congregation, as ushers, lectors, hospitality volunteers and acolytes.
Children of all ages are always welcome in worship at Grace Cathedral. Some infants and toddlers prefer to play in the nursery with professional childcare attendants. Parents are provided with silent pagers, so they can be notified if they’re needed. A quiet place for nursing and a changing table are also provided, for anyone who wishes to use them. The nursery is open on Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
During the 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist, families with children and youth sit together in the first pews at the front left of the cathedral congregation. We sit together so that our children can find us when it’s time—and because we like to be together!
For more information on infant and child baptism, click here.
Inspired by Grace Cathedral's mission of transforming the world beginning with ourselves, a youth confirmation class is convened bi-annually, to explore the ways and teachings of the Episcopal Church. Youth who complete this course will be prepared to make an adult commitment to the Christian life and faith, if they feel called to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
For more information on Youth Confirmation, click here.
Your questions and feedback are always welcome. For information about Ministries with Families, Children & Youth, please contact the Rev. Carren Sheldon, Associate for Family Ministries at 415-749-6369 or send an e-mail by clicking here.
Our programs are funded through the annual financial commitments of congregants. Gifts are always welcome, but fees are never charged for regular Sunday programs, and scholarships are available for special events.
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