“…Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16
At St. Mark’s, we value our youngest members and are deeply committed to the spiritual development of our children and families.
Through weekly programming, as well as special events and activities throughout the year, we strive to provide a loving, safe environment in which children can grow in faith and in their relationships with others. Our Children and Family Ministries serve children from birth to 5th grade.
Vacation Bible School 2018
All children rising Kindergarten to rising 6th grade are invited to join us for a fun-filled week as we learn all about one of God’s faithful followers, Daniel. Each day, the children will become part of history as they see, hear, touch, and even taste what it was like to live in Babylon! They’ll explore the Marketplace, visit Daniel, take part in games, dance to lively Bible songs, and sample tasty tidbits as they discover more about Daniel’s adventures in Babylon. Along with these exciting experiences, our daily themes will teach the children important and lifelong lessons about how God is always with us:
Day 1: When things change, God is with you.
Day 2: When you need help, God is with you.
Day 3: When you’re afraid and lonely, God is with you.
Day 4: When you’re thankful, God is with you.
One of the children’s favorite parts each year is the Celebration time at the beginning and end of each day. They love to learn the different songs and motions, and then come up to the front to help lead the others! During this time, we also talk about “God Sightings” - ways that we see God at work in our lives. It’s a wonderful practice for the children to learn to look for God, both during VBS week and in their regular lives.
We hope you’ll make plans to be involved in VBS this year - we would love to have your children and you! Childcare will be available all week for any volunteers, including a special group led by our nursery staff, for children of volunteers, ages 2-4. Volunteer positions are open to anyone Middle School and up! Please consider being a part of this special week.
- Sundays 8.30am -12.30pm
- Located in the Parish House on the 1st floor
- Age 6 weeks - 5 yrs old
Children of all ages are always welcome in our worship services. They are a vital part of our St. Mark’s family, and it’s wonderful to hear their voices while we worship. However, the Nursery is provided for parents who would like to leave their child in a loving, nurturing, and safe environment while they participate in Christian Formation and/or the worship services. The nursery is staffed by highly qualified caregivers who provide playtime, activities, and a place to rest for the littlest parishioners at St. Mark’s.
- Gathers just before the 9.00am service
- Located in the Parish House on the 2nd floor
- Recommended for children age 3 years old through 5th grade
Children’s Chapel at St. Mark’s is a chance for the children to attend their own liturgy during the first part of the 9.00am service. We will begin each Sunday with Miss Abby in Jerusalem Chapel. Here we will pray, sing, and learn about the current week’s Gospel lesson. Then, we will head over to our activity tables for a craft that will reinforce our lesson. After our time in Children’s Chapel has come to an end, the children will be led to the Sanctuary and back to their parents during the Peace, where they can either find their parents in the pew or parents of small children can meet us in the back. We hope you will make Children’s Chapel a regular part of your Sunday morning routine!
- Sundays 10.10am-11.00am
- Located in the Parish House in classrooms on the 2nd floor
- Available for children 3 years old through 5th grade
Children’s Sunday School at St. Mark’s will continue to use the Spark curriculum for the upcoming 2017-2018 year. This creative and engaging curriculum provides opportunities for the children to interact with God, with the scriptures, and with each other through games, activities, questions, and conversations. The children will bring home a Learner Leaflet each Sunday with activities and readings for families to do together during the week.
We're Here For You
Do you have questions about Children's Christian Formation (Sunday School) at St. Mark's? Contact Abby Richards at 210-226-2426 or