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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 the Reverend Jeanne at rector@stpaulsbenicia.org 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 godlyplaybenicia@outlook.com.
 
 

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
 
Teens ‘n Tweens for children ages 11 to 15 meets during the school year.  Join us for dinner, fun and fellowship coupled with activities centered around service, leadership and arts and crafts.  Our middle school group meets monthly during the school year.   For more information, please contact Beckie Pelkey, Teens ‘n Tweens Coordinator, at teensntweens@stpaulsbenicia.org.  
 
 
 
Sierra Service Project
 

St. Paul’s has been involved in mission work with the Sierra Service Project for 23 years.  Each year we send 24 youth and counselors to Native American or urban communities to better the lives of the underserved.  At the end of June 2016, our SSP trip took us to Smith River just south of the Oregon border on the coast.  Our group worked with three other church groups building disabled access ramps, making a dog run for the Crescent City Animal Control Shelter and helping to re-build a community garden for Family Services.  Contact the church office for details.  Learn more about Sierra Service Project at www.sierraserviceproject.org.

 
 
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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. Jeanne at rector@stpaulsbenicia.org to participate.
 
 
Acolyte mentoring
 

 All Ages: Kids’ Vacation Academy (KVA)

Not your ordinary Vacation Bible School, but with all the summer discoveries of faith and friends. Plans for KVA 2017 are already underway–our 11th year of fun. Star Wars  is the theme, and The Force is definitely with us!   Student counselors in middle and high school as well as many adult Ewoks, Wookies, light-saber-wielding helpers are needed to flesh out a wonderful week of fun. Join us by contacting the Rev. Jeanne at rector@stpaulsbenicia.org. Dates for KVA – June 19-23, 2017.

 
   
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