10:15 a.m. Children’s Chapel 10:30 a.m. until the Peace Whirl Classroom
Childcare provided 5:00-7:15 p.m. first floor
5:00 p.m. The Gathering Eucharist 6:00 p.m. The Gathering Meal 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Whirl Classroom
Children’s Chapel and Whirl Classroom are for
children in PreK-5th grade.
Children ages 2-3 will learn a Sunday school lesson with our staff on the first floor, where childcare is
provided for ages 0-3.
The service will introduce children to the week’s lesson and allow them to sing together and practice aspects of Episcopal worship. Each month, we will explore one topic in-depth.
Communion: the meaning of the sacrament, the names of the items used during the
Baptism: the meaning of the
sacrament, the items used during Holy Baptism
The Advent Wreath: how to use the Advent Wreath to
observe the season as a
Giving: tithes and offerings, outreach
Ash Wednesday, Lent
Physical Worship: when and why we stand, kneel, and bow
People in worship: acolytes, vergers, beadles, etc.
Whirl is a lectionary-based curriculum that helps kids see the connections between the Bible and their own lives. Whirl uses short videos featuring characters who learn about the text, ask questions, and discover modern applications for the Bible’s teachings.
Whirl will give families opportunities to discuss the Bible together, as children and their parents will be learning about the same text each Sunday. Children will also leave class each week with extension activities and discussion questions for the family.
Another feature of the Whirl curriculum is that it teaches children about the church seasons. Each lesson relates to the church calendar, and the lesson materials are color-coded to match the seasons of Pentecost, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. Children will not only study the Bible, but they will also learn about the church and how we worship together.
At St. John’s, we are committed to children’s safety. We screen all volunteers who work with children with a complete criminal background check and provide training in Safeguarding God’s Children, the Episcopal Church’s program for recognizing and preventing child abuse.