St. Mark's Episcopal Church
       111 West Shore Road ~ Warwick, RI ~ 401.737.3127










Christian Formation for Youth  Grades K-5        New for 2018-19
We have exciting new programs for our youth this year. You can read about our reasoning by clicking the link to our parent letter below.

Research tells us that the more our children are in church, the more likely they will be in church as adults. So we want our kids in church, and we provide age appropriate activities for them: Rector's Reporters for our elementary aged kids and the Sunday Paper Junior for younger kids with the gospel story to color and an explanation on the back for parents to discuss with their children.

Please take advantage of the special Saturday offerings described in the boxes below. All children are welcome!
KIDS DO CHURCH!

Saturday, October 13

9- 11 am


Using stories, songs, games, crafts, and exploration youth learn what goes on in church and how they can participate.

 

They will learn the names of the items and areas in the church, the rhythm of the Sunday service, and the ways they can participate actively in worship.

 

Parents join in the last 15 minutes to experience what their kids have learned. Opportunities will be provided on Sundays for children who want to participate in specific ways in the worship service.

 

Taught by Mother Susan with support from volunteers. ALL youth K-5 are welcome to attend. This is the first of 4 offerings for our youth during 2018-19.

DO I HAVE TO GIVE UP CHOCOLATE?

Saturday, March 2, 2019

9 – 11 am

 

Lent is a special season set aside by the church to give us time to prepare for the Easter miracle. There are many ways to keep a holy Lent.

 

Children will explore the season of Lent and Holy Week as a way to understand more fully what it is we celebrate at Easter. They will be encouraged to find ways to keep their own version of a holy Lent through stories and activities.

 

Parents are encouraged to join in the last 15 minutes and hear what these children have learned.

 

Taught by Mother Susan with support from volunteers. ALL youth K-5 are welcome to attend.

Advent

A New Season and a New Adventure

Featuring wreaths, secret gifts, and

St. Nicholas


Saturday, December 1

11 am -1pm (includes lunch!)

 

Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus and there are many ways kids can prepare. This morning workshop includes stories, games, crafts, and a visit to the nursing home next door. Children will also bring home an activity that will help them keep focused on Advent preparation and the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus.

 

Parents join in the last 15 minutes to experience what their kids have learned. Opportunities will be provided on Sundays for children who want to participate in specific ways in the worship service.

 

Taught by Mother Susan with support from volunteers. ALL youth K-5 are welcome to attend.

Rogation Sunday -
Stewardship of the Earth

Saturday, May 4, 2019

9-11 am


We are ALL called to care for the earth as God’s creation and gift to us. Children will explore the ways they can be good stewards of creation through stories, songs, and hands-on activities. This Saturday is sandwiched between Earth Day 2019 and Rogation Sunday, May 26, 2019 when we intentionally pray for the earth during the service.

 

Parents are encouraged to join in the last 15 minutes and hear what these children have learned.

 

Mother Susan will teach this class assisted by volunteers. ALL children K-5 are welcome to attend.

Nursery
Over the years we have discovered that most parents of our youngest children are happiest when they are in church rather than in a space set apart. So are we. To make things easier we have soft toys and books in the back. Parents should feel free to walk restless children around. But don't worry about noise! We love to hear the voices of our littlest members chime in during the service!
Christmas Eve
Tuesday, Dec. 24

This is our Family Christmas Eve service where children participate in the telling of the Christmas story and help fill the creche.
Feast of the Epiphany
Sunday,
January 6, 2019
with pageant at 10 am

Pot luck lunch and 3-Kings cake follows

Rehearsal - Sat., Jan. 5, 9-11 am
Flat Jesus!
Did you take Flat Jesus with you this summer? Be sure to send Mother Susan a picture here.