Children

Staying Connected while Staying at Home

Dear St. George's Parents,

While we are not able to gather in person, we'd like to offer some suggestions of continued connection to Jesus right from your home. Please find ideas below that we will update periodically during this time. 

The Good Shepherd literally dwells within us, as we have long celebrated here each Sunday at the Eucharist meal. My prayer is that you will find His Presence to be strong in new and powerful ways, opening your eyes to His Beauty all around us. 

Pam Palmer, Interim Leader of Children’s Ministries

Resources for Children & Families

Prayer for a Pandemic

Make this beautiful prayer a part of your family rhythm each day to remind us of God's bountiful provision.

 

Sunday School Lessons

Holy Week Lessons from St. George's

Watch videos together from The Jesus Storybook Bible.

Maundy Thursday 

Bible Studies: The Last Supper and The Mount of Olives

Video: A Dark Night in the Garden

Video: The Servant King

Good Friday

Bible Studies: Jesus Before Caiaphas and Jesus before Pilate

Video: The Sun Stops Shining

Easter Sunday

Bible Study: The Resurrection

Video: God's Wonderful Surprise

 

Weekly Lessons from LifeWay

LifeWay has free online resources, including material for Sunday School lessons you can do together at home. After registering online here, input code VZMD4SSQ38. Then you'll find resources for Kids and Preschoolers on their home page. Each week there will be a new series of short videos with scripture references. Additionally, if you scroll up the page on the right and click on "downloads," you can print off an activity sheet and a conversation sheet for a lively discussion of the Bible story. Make this a family time! Check back each Sunday for a new lesson.

 

The Wesley Show

The Rev. Margery Kennelly has a special furry friend named Wesley, and they are going to share some short videos during the week! Find their videos on our YouTube channel.

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Meeting God in Our Creations

Crafts are a wonderful way to inspire individual creativity, we all are so wonderfully made in the very image of God. 

Resurrection Garden: Celebrate the Season by using the natural items in your own backyard to create a resurrection garden and let your family's imagination soar. 

Praise Music: Okay, families, you want to have some fun? Play this music video by Leeland and let your kids see you praising God, right here in the midst of hardship. 

Sketching Nature: Print off this drawing page for your children to learn how to draw different bird types. Use for a prayer card or just to enter into some quiet time where one's creative side can take flight!

Lent & Holy Week Crafts: Available online, you can purchase crafts to do at home with your kids. If they come in sets, you might consider sharing them with your neighbors.

Coloring Pages: Download here from Jen Norton Art Studio

Craft Corner: View this document for ideas on here for setting up an art corner.

Prayer Cards: View this document for ideas on how to create your own prayer cards.

Chalk the Walk: Inspire your neighborhood with love to encourage people during this time of isolation. Follow this link for inspiration, then gather your children and colorful chalk to draw pictures and words of hope on your driveway and street. Share photos of your handiwork online and don't forget to tag St. George's!

 

Write Cards for our Seniors

We would like to send encouraging letters to our seniors at home. If you feel led, ask your child to create a work of art on a paper that can be folded into a letter-sized envelope. You can help them write a simple happy greeting, along with their name. Then, either mail to Martha Rodes, Director of Lay Ministry, at 404 Ellendale Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205 or email them to her at martha.rodes@stgeorgesnashville.org . Martha will send them out to our homebound senior friends.

 

Reading Aloud

Make reading aloud a part of your child's daily rhythm with Save with Stories on Facebook or Instagram. You may be led to contribute to the fund to help No Kids Hungry, the program that feeds children who depend on school for many of their meals. This would be a great Lenten talk with the whole family of giving to children who are not assured even of three meals a day.

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Activities and Resources from Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, including a daily read-aloud from her works.

The Easter Story Egg Book: Available online, this book book comes with a nesting egg that tells the Easter story.

Storyline Online: Listen to your favorite children's stories and look for fun activities at the Storyline website.

 

Create a Sacred Space at Home

Follow this link to learn how to create a sacred space for worship and prayer in your home. (See the Joseph family's prayer table below.) Invite your children to help you bring items from around the house to make your new space, and then talk about ways you can use it together or as individuals. Looking for more ideas? Watch the videos from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd website.

Our Sunday School Program

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.

Children’s Chapel

Children's Chapel is held for children ages 6 through 5th grade during the 8:45am service and The Table at 9:00am services during the program year. Each week, children sing, hear a story from The Jesus Storybook Bible, and engage in an activity related to the story. Volunteers co-lead Children’s Chapel each week along with a member of the Children's Ministries Staff.

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

Questions about Children’s Chapel? I Contact Pam Palmer, Interim Leader of Children’s Ministries | 615-385-2150 x 243 or pam.palmer@stgeorgesnashville.org.

Questions?

Pam Palmer, Interim Leader 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 243 or pam.palmer@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, the 11:15 service, and the 10:00am service offered during the summer months. Nursery and childcare remain open during the Sunday school hour and for special services throughout the year. Nursery and childcare open 15 minutes prior to the service.

During the program year, children in childcare enjoy a Bible story during a portion of the hour.

Parents are invited to pick up their children to receive Holy Eucharist during the worship service. Those remaining in childcare during the 8:45am service and The Table will be brought to the sanctuary for a blessing and then taken back to their classroom.

Nursery

Infants | Room 102

Toddlers | Room 101

2-year-olds | Room 106

Questions about nursery? Contact Sandra Sarratt, Nursery Coordinator | 615-385-2150 x 229 or sandra.sarratt@stgeorgesnashville.org.

Childcare

3-5 year-olds | Room 112

Questions about childcare? Contact Pam Palmer, Interim Leader of Children’s Ministries | 615-385-2150 x 243 or pam.palmer@stgeorgesnashville.org.

Our Safe Child Policies

St. George’s has a number of policies in place to protect children while in our care. Any adult or youth who interacts on a regular basis with children must pass a background check and complete Safeguarding God’s Children.

When registering your child for faith formation at St. George’s, please read our Safe Child Policy.

If you have questions, please contact Pam Palmer, Interim Leader of Children’s Ministries | 615-385-2150 x 243 or pam.palmer@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.

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.

Questions about any of our special events? I Contact Pam Palmer, Interim Leader of Children’s Ministries | 615-385-2150 x 243 or pam.palmer@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.

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.

The Choristers of St. George’s

The Choristers of St. George’s program is for children and youth from 3rd through 12th grades. Choristers sing regularly during Sunday morning services, Choral Evensong, and special concerts with the adult choir.

Additional information and registration for both choirs can be found on our Music page.

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