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 for 2017-18.

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. 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 Elizabeth Nash, Director of Children’s Ministries | 615-385-2150 x 268 or elizabeth.nash@stgeorgesnashville.org.

Children’s Chapel

Children's Chapel is held for children ages 6-12 during the 8:45am service and The Table at 9:00am services during the program year. Each week, children hear a story from The Jesus Storybook Bible, engage in an activity related to the story, and pray together. Parent 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 Elizabeth Nash, Director of Children’s Ministries | 615-385-2150 x 268 or elizabeth.nash@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, singing, and prayer 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 year-olds | Room 113

4 & 5-year-olds | Room 114

Questions about childcare? Contact Elizabeth Nash, Director of Children’s Ministries | 615-385-2150 x 268 or elizabeth.nash@stgeorgesnashville.org

Summer Camp

Knights of the Covenant Day Camp

For rising 1st graders - 5th graders

2018 dates to be announced. Registration opens spring 2018.

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 Summer Sundays

For children age 3 through rising kindergarteners

Sundays, June 3-24, 2018, 9:00-11:00am

In lieu of childcare during June, we offer a special VeggieTales program designed with our youngest children in mind. Children will have fun visiting VeggieLand, singing along with Bob and Larry, and learning about God's great love for them.

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.

St. Dunstan's Online Registration for 2017-18

Parent Permission Form 2017-18

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. 

Choristers Online Registration for 2017-18

Parent Permission Form 2017-18

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 Summer Sundays
  • 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.