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These are the primary ways we grow together:
Sunday Morning Church School
Sunday School meets Sundays, mid-September through May, from 10:10 to 10:55 a.m. in the St. Nicholas Building, and is led by parents and volunteers in the Saint Mark's community. Children age 3 through 8 participate in Godly Play, a Montessori-based method of Episcopal faith formation. Ages 9-11 participate in Jesus and His Kingdom of Equals, a gospel-focused curriculum with hands-on activities and community-building. Parents get to know one another in the hallway suite between classrooms, or attend a Sunday forum. (Check Sundays and Beyond, the weekly newsletter, for the Sunday schedule this week!)
Monthly Children’s Chapel
On the second Sunday of the month, during the 9 a.m. Sunday sermon, children ages 3 through second grade gather at the baptismal font in the Nave and process to Thomsen Chapel for a child-specific response to the Liturgy of the Word. Join staff and parent leaders for engaging worship that supports children's need for tactile, kinesthetic and concrete learning experiences. Together we will explore our scriptures, liturgical movements, and collective prayers in child-friendly ways. Parents are always welcome! We return to the Nave at the Peace.
**NEW THIS YEAR**. During the 5:30 p.m. Eucharist (and following junior choristers), a brief 30-minute children's formation program will be offered in the St. Nicholas building for children ages 4-8. Check-in begins at 5:20 p.m. Afterward, we will walk with the senior choristers to dinner at 6 p.m. and meet our grown-ups in Bloedel Hall.
Parents' Bible Study (PBS)
5:30 p.m. on Evensong Sundays (or 1st Sunday of the month), with childcare available. Join the Rev. Cristi Chapman and Kelly Moody for an exploration of the bible in the company of others raising children with faith, hope, doubt, fear and trembling.
Playdate and Potluck for Families with Babies
Once a month, we gather in Leffler Living room at 4 p.m with a small group of supportive older parishioners, watch our babies and toddlers play, and eat an informal dinner together about 5:15. Your little one will become known and loved by a few key adults at the Cathedral, and you'll be home before bedtime! Contact Kelly with questions, and watch Sundays and Beyond for upcoming dates.
Join us for our annual Advent Event, Mardi Gras Pancake Supper, or Pentecost Run/Ride/Roll. Stay tuned for information about summer programs, including Eat, Play Love! These family centered events will be noted in the monthly Children's and Family newsletter and in Sundays and Beyond.
CHILD CARE CENTER
Saint Mark’s is a Christ-centered community that welcomes all children. We encourage families to worship with their infants and toddlers at all services. At the same time, the cathedral offers this option for young children and their parents to meet same-aged peers and provide for a variety of options for worship and study.
The Child Care Center is a warm and safe environment located in the main building of the Cathedral. This space is staffed by two loving adults, and includes large and small motor development toys, picture books, and art. Children enjoy having time to play and being read to in the comfy reading corner.
Sunday Morning Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
For children 3 months through age 5. No reservations are required for Sunday mornings.
Anyone working with children at Saint Mark’s must successfully complete the Washington State Patrol background check and specialized training.
Special Event Childcare:
Available by request for children ages 3 months through 3 years of age for Wednesday evenings or special events. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. Childcare may be cancelled for special events if sufficient reservations are not received 24 hours prior to the event.
Stay in Touch
Subscribe to the Monthly Newsletter (Select "Children and Families" from the list)
Kelly Moody, Director of Children's and Family Ministries, 206.323.0300, ext. 225
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Here are the particular hopes that guide Children’s and Family ministries at Saint Mark’s:
- To affirm each child’s belovedness and creation in the image of God.
- To recognize Jesus as God’s beloved son, and ourselves as followers of Jesus.
- To practice living as Jesus taught us to live (in community and with practical concern for those around us).
- To support and equip families as the primary pastors of children’s spiritual lives.
- To inspire in children a desire to know and love God, to seek God’s dream for the world, and to give thanks for all God has done through Christ in communion with others.
- To give children a language to speak of their experiences of God, and space to wonder about and engage with mystery.
- To connect individual spiritual experiences to the collective experiences of people of God in the past and the present through biblical stories and liturgical worship.
- To assure children they are always welcome in God’s house.