Great Programs for Children and Youth
The Sycamore Tree (Children's Liturgy)
The Sycamore Tree is offered every Sunday at the 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM services. Based on Luke 19: 1-10 when Zacchaeus, a small man, climbs a Sycamore tree to see Jesus, the Sycamore Tree children’s worship is a place and time for young children to engage in an interactive worship designed just for them. We offer an age-appropriate lesson, joyful music, and interactive prayer. At the 9:30 AM service, children are invited to the follow the acolyte to worship. Children rejoin their parents in time for the Eucharist. At the 5:30 PM service, children may be dropped off and picked up in the Sycamore Tree. Parents are always welcome to accompany their child! Questions? Contact Connie Saeger, Minister for Christian Formation with Children and Youth at 443-808-1361 or *protected email*.
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.
Join us and explore the path that God has set for you!
Middle and high school youth may participate in our Youth Ministry Program on the first and third Sunday of the month from 4:00-5:15 PM 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
- Serve as Junior Counselors for Very Big Story Camp
Mission and Outreach Projects
The mission and outreach projects for this year include:
- Appalachia Service Project
- Winter Relief
- Toiletry bags for Good Samaritan House
- Helping with St. Anne’s outreach projects
- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
- Cookie baking for first responders
Harrison Sayre Award
The Harrison Sayre Award is given every spring to a high school graduating senior planning to attend a 2 or 4 year university or college the following fall. The $500 award is to help with the cost of textbooks.The award is presented at a service in May when we honor all our high school graduating seniors.The recipient should be active in St. Anne’s and the community. Click here for application. Please ask an adult with whom you have served for a brief recommendation. The recommendation form can be found here. Applications and recommendations need to be completed by April 30, 2019. For questions or more information, contact Nancy Greeley at *protected email*
VBS (Very Big Story) Camp
Join First Presbyterian and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church for the Very Big Story Camp!
This year First Presbyterian Church and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church are offering an early registration for VBS Camp. We are excited to announce that the dates will be July 8 to 12 from 9:00 AM to noon. Camp will begin at First Presbyterian and will end at St. Anne’s. For more information and for early registration, please follow the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FACAC23A1F85-early .
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 at 443-808-1361 or *protected email*
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.