Children and Family Ministries

Making the message of Jesus irresistible to children and youth is the work of every single member of St. Paul’s. From the cradle through college, we offer opportunities for learning and fun.
Below is our calendar of activities; scroll down to read descriptions of some of our ministries.
Contact Reverend Annie Mertz at to learn more!
Nursery Care: For children ages 4 and under
We have nursery care available downstairs in the undercroft every Sunday during the 11 a.m. service, though children of all ages are always welcome to stay with their parents in church. We love children at St. Paul’s: noise, questions, energy and all!
Preschool and Elementary Age: Sunday School/Godly Play
Preschool and elementary school-aged children can learn about God and living a life of faith in a safe, loving environment. We are using a Sunday School program called Godly Play. Godly Play uses active storytelling and children’s innate sense of wonder to help children explore their faith.  To support or participate in this program, or with any questions, contact Andria Reid at

Confirmation Classes – Confirm not Conform

Confirm not Conform provides a safe place for people to explore the breadth of the Christian tradition, to ask questions and express their doubts, and to discover what they truly believe.
Confirm not Conform:
  • is a 15-week program for Confirmation
  • encourages active participation in class sessions, worship, and service
  • pairs youth with adult mentors
  • uses visual, aural, and embodied learning
  • emphasizes being able to ask the questions and find out the answers rather than providing the answers
  • challenges youth to take the lead in projects of significance
Middle and High School:  Monthly Activities
Youth Activities League is an all ages youth group which meets once a month for fun and fellowship with a purpose. Children will work together in age appropriate groups on projects and crafts to serve the church,  the needy, and the community at large. Each month will have a different faith-based theme and activity, followed by a chance for discussion while enjoying a healthy snack.  For more information, please contact Beckie Pelkey, Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator, at 
Pathways Pilgrimage (Diocese of Northern California Pilgrimage)

Pathways 2019 is an event open to all youth finishing grades 7-12. Dates and location will be posted at a later date. 

Please click on the links below to view a story on Pathways 2017, reflections and more.

Sierra Service Project

St. Paul’s has been involved in mission work with the Sierra Service Project for 25 years.  Each year we sent 24 youth and counselors to Native American or urban communities to better the lives of the underserved. 


All Ages: Acolytes

Kids of all ages are invited to be acolytes.  No matter your age or experience, we have a place for you! Please contact the Rev. Annie Mertz at to participate.
Acolyte mentoring

 All Ages: Kids’ Vacation Academy (KVA)

Plans continue for KVA 2019. Student counselors in middle and high school as well as many adults are needed to flesh out a wonderful week of fun.  Join us if you can!  Contact the church office if you are interested. 

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