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.


November 4, 2010

Lori and Tom Ferazzi were out of options. For years, they searched for the best educational opportunities for their son, Eric, who has Down syndrome, but every road was a dead end. Their journey eventually led home to their church, Good...

September 7, 2010

St. James' Episcopal School third-year student Imani becomes very upset if she arrives to school late because she feels the tardiness will "interrupt her work," reports her mother Brook Davis. Entering her kindergarten year at St. James...

September 1, 2010

Shortly after passing the peace and starting the Prayer of Thanksgiving over the bread and wine, two-year-old Chris walked up to the child-size altar and said, "I want to help." I watched and waited as Chris picked up the paten (plate)...

August 10, 2010

Lamenting to my spiritual director one day that my prayer practice lacked the discipline I would prefer -- after all, most of Sunday school teaching stems from modeling a deepening spirituality from the inside out -- she suggested I try a...

June 1, 2010

In metropolitan areas, many Episcopal churches struggle with building and maintaining a healthy Sunday school. For such churches, resources are few, space is scarce, and parents are unclear about what they want for their children. Most...

September 14, 2009

Two things one can expect to encounter in cities and towns nationwide are the familiar "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You" sign and a public school – and now the Church has a plan to bring the two together. "Most Episcopal congregations...


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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.


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.


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."