Children's Ministries

Children's enthusiastic expressions of faith can help transform the church and everyone in it. To assist children in fully participating in their church communities and in exploring their own ministries, we provide imaginative, innovative resources for those who work with children. The Episcopal Church is serious in its call to love, shelter, protect, and defend children within its own community and in the world. The General Convention of the Episcopal Church adopted the Safe Church Resolution (B008) in 2003 to “Protect Children and Youth from Abuse.” The Safeguarding God's Children program was developed to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse in everyday life and ministry. By keeping our children safe we can empower them to grow, receiving and responding to God’s love.

Articles

Mary Perrin is the rector of St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a vital, joy-filled, generous community in the Diocese of Western Michigan. Mary also serves on the diocesan Standing Committee and on The Episcopal...

Mary Perrin is the rector of St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a vital, joy-filled, generous community in the Diocese of Western Michigan. Mary also serves on the diocesan Standing Committee and on The Episcopal...

Sunday, August 31 is Proper 17, Year A. Lesson Plans are included for both the Gospel and Old Testament. Gospel Lesson: Stumbling Block Scripture: Matthew 16:21-28 “From that time on…” this phrase signifies a shift in the Gospel of...

Today’s guest blogger is Cindy Spencer, Faith Formation Hub: Children and Family Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. She also serves on the Lifelong Formation Advisory Council. What Do Kids Really Need? Last week I noticed the first...

Sunday, June 29 is Proper 8, Year A. Lesson Plans are focused on the Gospel and Old Testament. Gospel Lesson: Welcoming Christ Scripture: Matthew 10:40-42 Whoever welcomes you, welcomes Christ. Whoever welcomes Christ, welcomes God....

Today’s guest blogger is Cindy Spencer, Coordinator for  Children and Family Ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. Summertime Faith “Summer, summer, summer. I loved and hated summer. Summers had a logic all their own, and they...

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Bulletin Inserts

This year marks the 25th annual National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths...

Forma is a grassroots association of dues-paying members, mostly Episcopalians and some kindred...

Rally Sunday is a long held tradition across the church as school year programs gear up and...

As a new school year approaches, the Episcopal Church invites teachers to download free lesson...

“This is the season to roll out new programs and test drive newly purchased curricula,” said...

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Documents

Compiled by the Office of Children's Formation in conjunction with The Episcopal Council for Christian Education

For the first time in 2012, the “generations” of the Episcopal Church gathered as one organized Booth to be represented at General Convention. This was intended to both present a new way of being church that breaks down generational...

The first section introduces some theological assumptions and tools for the design of liturgy as well as the full inclusion of all in the community of faith. Intended to be starting places, the readings, prayers, and liturgies in the...

A list of books for a basic Children's Formation library compiled in conjunction with the Episcopal Council for Christian Education and the National Association for Episcopal Christian Education Directors.

Statements of intent based on a vision for life-long formation to serve as a blueprint for the work of ECCE as they move forward in the work of formation ministries within the Episcopal Church.

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A pastoral letter, from the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, on federal policy in public education, dated May 18, 2010.

An approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium," a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use.

Forma is an association and dynamic community of Christian educators, formation professionals, and their institutional partners that celebrates and upholds the diverse ministries of Christian formation across the the Episcopal Church.

The Journey to Adulthood is a complete youth ministry program of spiritual formation for 6th-12th grades. It encourages relational ministry and uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities to underscore the two guiding principles of the program: 1) Manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God; and 2) Adulthood must be earned.

Sermons

October 20, 1996

Priest: I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."