Children, Youth and Family Ministry

Grace Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people, and that means all ages! Young people are always welcome to worship with the congregation and to take part in our Sunday morning programs. We offer Sunday School and youth groups at 10:45 am and special seating for families at the 11 am service. Nursery care is available from 8 am to 1 pm.

24826010102_776aebf4fd_kSunday Morning Programs

All children have a place at Grace Cathedral.

Infants and toddlers under 5 – Nursery
Kindergarten-3rd Grade – Godly Play
4th Grade-5th Grade – Grace Quest
6th Grade-8th Grade – Middle school youth group
9th Grade-12th Grade – High school youth group

Sunday School classes and the nursery are located on the lower level of the cathedral. Programs for children and teens begin at 10:45 am starting September 10. All are welcome. Preregistration is not required.

24316990983_7abc13bb18_kGodly Play

Children from preschool through 3rd grade are invited to Godly Play. Developed by an Episcopal priest and based on Montessori principles, Godly Play introduces children to key stories of the Bible in a way that nurtures their imagination, creativity and relationship with God.

Trained storytellers encourage children to “wonder” about the meaning of the stories for themselves through discussion and individual play. Avoiding doctrine or absolute truths, Godly Play helps children explore God’s presence in our lives.

Grace Quest

Children in 4th and 5th grade are part of Grace Quest. The program uses a fun, interactive curriculum developed by the Episcopal Church and based on the weekly lectionary choices. Children in Grace Quest engage with the same lessons that their parents hear in church, which encourages conversations in the family after services.

Youth Group

Middle school and high school youth groups meet for food, friends, fun and faith. This includes special events in the cathedral and community, games and retreats, open-ended and provocative discussions on the big questions in life as well as volunteer projects.

24917630396_8253b51de2_oFamily Seating & Coffee

Pews at the front of the nave, left of the center aisle, are reserved for parents and families. We sit together so that our children can find us. At the presentation of the gifts of bread and wine, children and teens in the Sunday School programs enter in procession and reunite with their families for the rest of the service. A special fellowship for families, with coffee for adults and snacks for children, opens at 10 am next door to the Sunday School classrooms.

SP-Family-childcareChild Care (for children age 5 and younger)

We have a well-equipped nursery for infants and toddlers under age five, with professional attendants. The nursery is open on Sundays from 8 am to 1 pm.

Baptism

Grace Cathedral baptizes children on four Sundays each year: All Saints in autumn, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord after Christmas, the second Sunday of Easter and the Feast of Pentecost in late spring. Parents can register online.

See more information on infant and child baptism.

Confirmation

In the Episcopal Church, those baptized at an early age are invited to make a mature public affirmation of their faith at a later age through confirmation. Marking the move into spiritual adulthood, confirmation usually takes place in late middle school or in high school. Preparation classes are scheduled regularly.

See more information on Youth Confirmation.

Communion

All baptized children are welcome to receive communion. There is no rite of “first communion” in the Episcopal Church because baptism is considered to be full and complete initiation into the Body of Christ.

 

For More Information

The Rev. Mary Carter Greene, leads our Children, Youth and Family Ministry. She would love to hear from you with questions or suggestions. Look for Rev. Mary Carter’s contact info below.

 

Contact Information

Telephone: 415-749-6369

Email: maryg@gracecathedral.org

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