Children's, youth and family ministries
 

Programs for Children and Youth at All Saints Parish

 

That which we have heard and known, and what our forebears have told us,
we will not hide from our children. We will recount to generations to come
the praiseworthy deeds and the power of God, and the wonderful works God has done.
(Psalm 78:3-4)

 

Click here for the 2012-13 Church School registration form (PDF document)

 

At All Saints Parish we celebrate the vital role of children and young people in our community of faith. Our ministries to and with children and young people tap into the unique gifts of our younger members: a sense of wonder about the sacred, a curiosity about issues of faith, a desire for ritual, and a passion for justice. From an early age, children are encouraged to become active members of the parish family.

A Prayer for the Care of Children

Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the
joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient
wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love
whatever is just and true and good, following the example of
our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer, p.829)

Church School Classes

Church School classes for the 2012-2013 ministry year begin on
Sunday, September 16th at 10:15am.

For more information, please contact Becky Taylor, 617-738-1810 Ext 104 or by email at reled@allsaintsbrookline.org.

The first Schola rehearsals are Friday, September 14, at 4:00pm
and Sunday, September 16 at 9:30am.

For more information about Schola, please contact Emily Howe, 617-738-1810 Ext 107 or by email at emilylhowe@gmail.com

To download the Children's, Youth & Family Ministry Calendar for Fall 2012
please click here. (PDF document)

 

 

Children and Worship

children worshipEach week at All Saints Parish we welcome the chance to worship God and to share the table fellowship of the Holy Eucharist. We celebrate the wonderful diversity of our community gathered as one body, in Christ's Name. Everyone is welcome to receive Holy Communion, regardless of age or baptismal status, at All Saints.

Parents may question whether their young children should receive the sacrament. The Interim or the Director of Children's, Youth & Family Ministries is available for conversation about this and other matters related to raising children in the faith. Please feel free to give them a call or reach them by email.

A 3-session Communion Preparation program will be offered to 1st and 2nd Graders and their parents in the spring: April 27, May 4 & May 11. These classes are designed to help families feel a closer connection to the sacramental life of the parish.

Baptism

baptismHoly Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. The bond established by God in Baptism is indissoluble. Anyone who is baptized at any age is marked as Christ's own forever.

Baptisms normally occur in this parish when the community gathers to worship on four liturgical feast days: All Saints Sunday (November 4, 2012); the first Sunday after the Epiphany (January 13, 2013); Holy Saturday/ Easter Eve (March 30, 2013); and Pentecost (May 19, 2013). Alternative dates for baptisms can be arranged by contacting the parish office. The Interim always meets with parents for pre-baptismal instruction.

 

Nursery Care

NurseryOur Nursery is open every Sunday morning, starting at 9:00 a.m. It is a clean, safe environment where children 3 years of age or younger can play and be cared for during choir rehearsals, Church School classes, and the worship service. Childcare is offered free of charge.

Our Nursery is staffed by 2-4 paid childcare providers, depending on how many children are using the space. While the space is stocked with toys and equipment for children who are walking and potty trained (or on their way), we have the ability to set up a port-a-crib and/or infant seats for babies who are not yet walking and/or who need to nap during the morning.

 

 

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Church School & Youth Ministry

At All Saints Parish we know that children and young people experience God in their lives. However, we also know that they may lack the scriptural knowledge and religious vocabulary that can help them describe and understand God's mysterious presence. Adult teachers and mentors guide them in this aspect of their faith formation. Our Christian education program helps children and young people to

  • Become familiar with scripture and discern its relevance to their daily lives;
  • Appreciate the sacramental life of the church as they engage fully in it;
  • Learn spiritual practices that deepen their personal connections to God; and
  • Use their unique skills and talents to respond compassionately to human need in the world.

Contact: Ms. Becky Taylor, Director of Children's, Youth & Family Ministries
Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-5:00pm, 617-738-1810 Ext. 104, reled@allsaintsbrookline.org.

Sunday Morning Schedule

  9:00am   Nursery opens for childcare
  9:30am   Schola rehearsal (Grades 2-12)
10:15am   Cherub Choir rehearsal (PreK-Grade 1)
               Youth Chapel (Grades 2-12)
10:30am   Worship begins
               Church School classes (Grades PreK-12)
11:15am   All kids join the rest of the congregation for the Holy Eucharist
11:45am   All parish social hour in Guild Room

 

youth chapelYouth Chapel

All but our youngest children begin their Sunday mornings together with a short, simple worship service. Kids and their teachers gather in the dining room for prayers and a group reflection on the gospel reading appointed for the day. This year Youth Chapel services will include prayers for our parish’s search for a new rector. Youth Chapel gives kids an opportunity to learn to lead worship, to pray spontaneously, and to get comfortable reading in front of a large group.

 

Cherubs (Pre-School to First Grade)

cherubs

We introduce our 3 to 6-year-olds to the Church School program by using Godly Play. Developed by an Episcopal priest over 30 years ago, Godly Play is a method of Christian education and spiritual direction that is especially well-suited for young children. In Godly Play sessions, children listen to and reflect on

  • Sacred stories about encounters between God and God's people;
  • Parables that Jesus told about the Kingdom of God;
  • Liturgical actions that show how Christians worship God; and
  • Silence.

All the activity in our Godly Play classroom takes place in a circle on the floor as adults and children wonder together about sacred mystery in their lives.

Scope & Sequence plan for PreK-Grade 1, 2011-2012

  • September – November: "Circle of the Church Year" followed by 6 Old Testament stories (7 sessions)
  • December: Advent stories (4 sessions)
  • January – February: "Epiphany" and "Baptism" followed by 3 parables (5 sessions)
  • February - March: "The Mystery of Easter" followed by "Faces of Easter" stories (5 sessions)
  • April: "Jesus & the Twelve,""Good Shepherd & World Communion" and "Synagogue & Upper Room" (3 sessions)
  • May: "Mystery of Pentecost" and closing class (2 sessions)

 

Grades 2-5

With children ages 7 to 11 we use Workshop Cycles, developed by LeaderResources, an Episcopal Christian education publishing house. Workshop Cycles is designed for children and adults to work together on the same story or concept for a sustained time period, using different learning approaches. Each unit of study includes workshops that use art, drama, music, storytelling, computers, movies, and cooking.

grades 2-5

Scope & Sequence plan for Grades 2-5, 2011-2012

  • September – November: "Samuel, the boy who listened to God" (6 sessions)
  • December: "Emmanuel, God with us" (4 sessions)
  • January: "The Beatitudes" (3 sessions)
  • Late February – March: Lenten mission & outreach project (4 sessions)
  • April – May: "The 12 who changed the world" (4 sessions)

 

Middle School (Grades 6-8): God Talks

god talksOur young teens meet on Sunday mornings with their adult mentors to explore issues of faith using the youth Bible study curriculum God Talks. Class sessions include fun activities designed to bring Bible readings to life, small and large group discussions, listening to music, watching movie clips, and praying and sharing a light breakfast together.

Each year we honor the middle school kids in our congregation who are reaching their 13th birthday and officially beginning their journey through the teen years towards adulthood. That celebration will take place on Sunday, February 3, 2013.

Our middle school teens also get together one Friday evening a month on Friday for supper and some sort of structured activity, either in the church or in the community. This year, those gatherings take place on October 12, November 16, January 11, February 2 (Rite-13 banquet on Saturday evening), March 8, April 5, May 3.

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High School (Grades 9-12): OMG

OMGIn our culture, and very often in teen culture, "Oh my God!" is a throw-away phrase, used in response to a variety of experiences. "OMG" is how this is conveyed when texting on cell phones – the primary way teens stay in touch with each other. But what if we appreciated "OMG" for what it really is: a prayer reminding us that God is always present, all the time, in all that we do? God's love for us and for the created order is steadfast. Always. Forever.

The steadfast love of God. This is what high school youth and their adult mentors will explore together this year during their Sunday morning class time.

Over the course of the year, through Bible study, prayer, and conversation with adults in our parish, they will wrestle with these questions of Christian faith:

When do we think or believe we hear Jesus calling us to follow him?
What are the risks and benefits of doing so?
Where do we see signs that God's love is transforming the world?
How, with God's help, can we participate in that transformation?
Who do we trust in our networks of relationship to be spiritual companions, guides, and mentors?
Why does being a Christian matter at all?

episcopal welcomes youOur high school teens also participate in the Brookline Episcopal Teen Alliance (BETA). BETA is a Friday evening program for high school youth from the three Episcopal congregations in Brookline. They gather for supper, discussion, prayer and service in the community. BETA meetings are scheduled on these dates this year: September 28, October 26, November 30, January 25, February 8, March 22, April 26, and May 17.

 

el hogar

For a week in July 2012, a team of teens and adults from our parish lived and worked at the Agricultural School & Farm in Talanga, Honduras, that is operated by El Hogar Ministries. Youth members of the team are pictured with the farm school’s director, Yony Agilera. Another mission trip to Honduras is planned for summer 2013.

 

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Confirmation

Confirmation is a sacramental rite in which baptized members of the Church make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism. The rite includes the laying on of hands by a bishop.

It is the policy of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to confirm young people and adults in multi-parish liturgical events. High school teens from All Saints Parish can be confirmed at a service in the spring of 2013. A period of instruction and preparation will take place during the winter and spring.

Acolytes

acolytes

Anyone in 4th Grade or older is welcome to become an acolyte. Acolytes lead the altar party procession into the worship space each week and assist, as needed, during worship. An acolyte training & refresher class will take place on Sunday, September 23rd. Any new acolytes who join the team during the year will receive 1:1 instruction and support.

Contact: Meg Bridge, Acolyte Coordinator, margaret.bridge@post.harvard.edu

 

Nightwatch

It is a special tradition at All Saints Parish for children and young people (Grades 3 and older) to keep an overnight vigil in the church each year from Maundy Thursday evening to Good Friday morning. Participants in Nightwatch gather for supper and fellowship before participating in the Maundy Thursday liturgy, which includes the foot washing ritual. Afterwards, for three hours, they walk the Stations of the Cross and consider the events of Jesus' trial, suffering, death, and burial. Then the sleeping bags are unrolled in the worship space, and yes, sleep eventually comes. Nightwatch ends on the morning of Good Friday with a simple Way of the Cross liturgy. Nightwatch 2013 will take place on April 5-6. Details will be available in early March.

candles
Jesus said, "...stay awake with me." (Matthew 26:38)

 

Contact Information

Becky Taylor

Becky Taylor is Director of Children's, Youth & Family Ministries. She is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School and has extensive Christian education/formation experience with children, young people and adults in parish settings. Becky can be reached Monday to Thursday at 617-738-1810, Ext. 104, or by email at reled@allsaintsbrookline.org.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Becky to learn more about the parish's ministries with children and young people, or how to get involved.

 

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