Children

Our Sunday school program for children age 3 through 5th grade is offered each Sunday from 10:05-11:05 am during our program year, September through May. Our program, The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, is a Montessori-based Christian formation program based on the belief that God and the young child have a very personal relationship.

Elizabeth Nash, Director of Children’s Ministries

Our Sunday School Program

Our faith formation program for children ages 3 through 5th grade, The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), is offered Sunday mornings from 10:05-11:00am from September through May. The primary focus of CGS is the cultivation of the child’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd. Based upon Montessori principles, CGS meets in sacred, prepared rooms called atria where children hear and respond to the proclamation, through Scripture and liturgy, of God’s enduring love for all people in all times. Children are offered time to listen, wonder, pray, work, and sing. Each atrium is led by a catechist whose own faith is nourished by the way the children joyfully receive the Good News. The quiet of the atrium provides a rare opportunity for children to discover and explore their inner life and their desire to draw closer to God.

Register your child for Catechesis here.

Questions? | Elizabeth Nash, Director of Children’s Ministries, would be happy to share important information about your child’s Sunday morning experience and answer any questions you may have. Contact her at 615-385-2150 x 268 or elizabeth.nash@stgeorgesnashville.org.

Our Safe Child Policies

St. George’s has a number of policies in place to protect children while in our care.

When registering your child for faith formation at St. George’s, please read our Safe Child Policy. Any adult or youth who interacts on a regular basis with children must pass a background check and complete Safeguarding God’s Children.

If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Nash, Director of Children’s Ministries | 615-385-2150 x 268 or elizabeth.nash@stgeorgesnashville.org.

Children’s Chapel

Children ages 6-12 are invited to partipicate in Children’s Chapel at the 8:45 service. Children process behind the junior acolyte at the appointed time (indicated in the service bulletin) to Hampton Hall. Each week, children hear a story from The Jesus Storybook Bible, engage in an activity related to the story, and pray together. They return to the service during the exchange of the Peace. Parent volunteers co-lead Children’s Chapel each week, along with Laura Bruni, Children’s Ministries Program Assistant.

Junior Acolyte | Children age 8+ may serve as crucifer as the children process to Children’s Chapel

Questions about Children’s Chapel? I Contact Laura Bruni, Children’s Program Assistant | 615-385-2150 x 265or laura.bruni@stgeorgesnashville.org.

Nursey & Childcare

St. George’s welcomes children to all services. However, for our youngest children, we do offer nursery and childcare during the 8:45 service, The Table, and the 11:15 service. Childcare is also routinely offered for special services throughout the year — please call to confirm that childcare is available before you arrive. Parents are invited to pick up their children to receive Holy Eucharist during any service. Those remaining in childcare during the 8:45am or The Table will be brought to the sanctuary to receive a blessing.

Nursery

Infants | Room 102

Toddlers | Room 101

2-year-olds | Room 106

Childcare

3- & 4-year-olds | Room 113

5-year-olds | Room 114

Summer Camps

Knights of the Covenant Day Camp

For rising 1st graders - 5th graders

Monday, July 10—Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Register here.

In this exciting camp, kids meet Sir Wyvern Pugilist, author of Dragon Slayers - The Essential Guide. He’ll instruct them on how to recognize dragons and slay them by putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6). Dragon Slayers-in-Training will also learn about the Mysterious Three (the Trinity), apprentice with the Chief Dragon Slayer (Jesus) and the Dragon Slayers of Old (the Saints) as well as explore their adventures in the Ancient Manual (the Bible).

VeggieTales VBS

For children age 3 by June 1st (and potty-trained) through rising kindergarteners

Monday, July 10—Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 9:00 am - Noon

Registration is currently full.

This Vacation Bible School (VBS) program is designed for our youngest children. Children are invited to have fun with VeggieTales as they learn about God’s love for them! This year’s theme is Putting Others First. Children will hear a Bible story, enjoy crafts, and sing with Bob and Larry.

Questions about Knights of the Covenant or Veggie Tales VBS? I Contact Elizabeth Nash at 615-385-2150 x 268 or elizabeth.nash@stgeorgesnashville.org.

Special Events

Advent Fair | Families enjoy a simple lunch and make a live Advent wreath to prepare for Christ’s coming.

Christmas Pageant | Led by the 5th graders, all children ages 3 to 5th grade are invited to participate in the retelling of this important story.

Sacramental Preparation | An optional 6-week class for 2nd graders which explores themes related to reconciliation and communion. Some families may desire to use this as first communion experience, although all baptized Christians are invited to receive Holy Eucharist regardless of age.

Palm Sunday | Eeyore the donkey makes his annual visit to lead the Palm Sunday procession and visit with the children at 8:45am and The Table

Easter Sunday | Flowering of the cross and mite box collection offer children a meaningful way to participate in this celebratory service at 8:45am.

Music for Children

St. Dunstan’s Choir

St. Dunstan's Choir is for 1st and 2nd grade children. The choir gives children an education in singing technique, basic music theory, and the role that music has in the larger context of worship. St. Dunstan’s prepares students to sing with the Choristers of St. George’s when they reach 3rd grade.

The Choristers of St. George’s

The Choristers of St. George’s program is for children and youth from 3rd through 12th grades. Using the Royal School of Church Music curriculum, the program is designed to develop discipline, leadership, and focus while learning music in a friendly community environment. Choristers sing regularly during Sunday morning services, Choral Evensong, and special concerts with the adult choir. In 2019, our Choristers will be the resident choir for a week at historic Ely Cathedral in the United Kingdom. 

Questions? Contact Woosug Kang, Director of Music Ministries I 615-385-2150 x 254 or woosug.kang@stgeorgesnashville.org

Holy Baptism at St. George's

St. George’s celebrates baptism on certain holy days every year at the 8:45 service, The Table, and the 11:15 service. To celebrate their initiation into the church, children being baptized receive a copy of the book A is for Altar as a gift from Children’s Ministries.

Children’s Ministries offers a teaching on baptism for siblings ages 3+ prior to the baptism date.

Learn more about baptism at St. George's.

Volunteer

There are a myriad of ways to invest in the spiritual lives of our children:

  • Atrium Assistant
  • Special Events
  • VeggieTales VBS and Knights of the Covenant Camp
  • Children’s Chapel
  • Material Making (sewing, crafting, woodworking)
  • Photographer
  • Musician in the Atrium
  • Catechist | Join our community of catechists by attending a training course.