Great Programs for Children and Youth
Sunday Programs for Children
9:30 AM and 5:30 PM
The Sycamore Tree (children’s worship)
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Children’s Sunday Discovery
The Sycamore Tree (Children’s Liturgy)
The Sycamore Tree, named after Zacchaeus, who climbed a tree to get a better view of Jesus, provides a worship experience for young children. At the 9.30 AM service each Sunday, children stay with their parents until invited to follow the crucifer to a worship room prepared for them. Children engage in the Liturgy of the Word (first half of the service) with age appropriate music and prayers, and a special Gospel message. They rejoin their parents for the Eucharist. The Sycamore Tree is offered for the entire 5:30 PM Sunday service.
In addition to the Sycamore Tree, which follows the Sunday readings and provides children with an opportunity to worship in age appropriate ways, Children’s Sunday Discovery offers a way for children to explore their faith and deepen their relationship with God. Each of the three levels provides children with age appropriate materials to deepen their Christian journey.
Pre-K to Kindergarten: Level I Sunday Discovery encourages children to experience God’s love, helping children to have a deeper sense of being a beloved child of God, and belonging to St. Anne’s faith community. Interactive materials help children engage in sacred story, Christian tradition, and prayer. Children explore and learn about the symbols of the Eucharist, prayer, Baptism and other ways they belong to the Christian family through God. Scripture readings are primarily from the New Testament in a sequence designed to encourage the certainty that they are unconditionally loved by an all-loving God.
First through third graders: Children explore Jesus’ life, they receive opportunities to explore sacred story through age appropriate moral parables, maps and timelines of creation. They work with interactive materials, maps, and readings. . They gain a deeper understanding of their relationship with God and with all creation. The foundational sacred stories of Level I are expanded to help children explore and reflect on the Kingdom of God. Children continue to explore the Eucharist, prayer, and Baptism. Children learn how to develop prayer services and engage in safe and age appropriate outreach ministries.
Fourth and Fifth graders: The 9-11 year old child begins to ask questions about who the people of God have been throughout time and how are we alike (or different from) them?” They continue to deepen their understanding of prayer, Eucharist, and Baptism and begin to explore the history of God’s people and nations. Hands-on and child-led materials such as time-lines, maps, interactive charts, and books help children explore the time and place of sacred stories and how God interacts in today’s world. By making decisions about prayer liturgies, outreach projects, and how they engage in parish life, this age group takes an active role in the direction of their learning. Our children’s program prepare children for their teen-age years when they form identity and peer groups.
Children Are a Gift From God
At St. Anne’s we believe that children are a gift from God and we strive to help our children engage in a Christian formation process that is rooted in God’s love, guided by Jesus, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Children are supported in their Christian journey and encouraged to explore and experience the mystery of God presence in their lives through:
- Sacred story
- Christian tradition
Children are Vital Members at St. Annes
Contact: Connie Saeger-Proctor, Minister for Christian Formation with Children and Youth
410-267-9333 ext. 211 firstname.lastname@example.org
Children are vital members at St. Anne’s and encouraged to participate in formation through education, mission, and ministry. Children will learn about and participate in several mission ministries.
- Heifer International
- Helping un-housed people who are sponsored by Winter Relief
- Providing food to animals at Anne Arundel County ASPCA
Social and Spiritual Events for Youth Ministry
Our young people are invited to participate in a variety of social and spiritual events including:
- Journey to Sight and Sound Play House in Lancaster, PA
- February Ski Trip
- Diocesan Happening Event
- The Bishop’s Bash
- Episcopal Youth Event in Villanova, PA
- Night Watch
- Jr. Counselor opportunities at VBS Camp
- Collecting food donations at the Blessing of the Animals
- Summer Mission Trip
- Acolyte Pilgrimage
Join us and explore the path that God has set for you!
Come to the Youth Discovery Circle on Sunday mornings from 10:45 to 11:30 AM to discover what it means to be a Christian, enjoy a snack, engage in mission projects, and explore leadership, and God’s call. St. Anne’s multi faceted youth program encourages young people to explore their spirituality (relationship with God, others, and creation) through:
- Mission and outreach
- Fellowship and social activities
- Leadership in the church
- Participation in Diocesan, ecumenical, and National events
The mission and outreach projects for this year include:
- Heifer International
- Winter Relief
- Toiletry bags for local un-housed persons
- Environmental projects
- Helping with St. Anne’s outreach projects
- Seasonal Movie Nights to support animals in shelters
Family Events & Programs
Family Events & Programs
Family Advent Night
Christ Child Liturgy
Pancake Supper and burying the Alleluia Banner
Children’s Lenten Program
Liturgy of the Light and Easter Egg Hunt
End of Year Picnic