Family & Youth

Christian Formation for our children and youth is one of the most important ways we live into our mission as a church. St. David’s seeks to provide a variety of developmentally appropriate ways for our children, youth and their families to grow in their faith and make a difference in the world. This is accomplished in a number of different programs including: infants in the nursery, children and youth in Sunday morning education, weekly youth ministry activities, as well as outreach and service work in the broader community and the world.

The success of our Family Ministries program is only made possible with volunteers. To get involved, please contact one of our Family Ministries staff members.

Sunday Morning Youth Education

There are several options for children and youth to worship and learn on Sundays. Children and youth of all ages are welcome to participate in services. Interactive coloring bulletins are available in the Chapel Narthex for the 9:15am service, if your child would like to be a part of worship. Children (grades 5 and under) and parents are invited to the join the Children’s Sermon during the 9:15am service in the Choir Room, which takes place right before the Gospel reading in the Chapel.

Childcare (3 Months – 4 Years Old)

Childcare is provided during worship and other events that will benefit parents, including: fellowship activities, community groups, and other special events. On Sunday mornings, childcare is available from 8:45 am to 12:15 pm. Drop off and pick up is in the Childcare Nursery (Chapel lower level), where you will receive a beeper in the case you need to be reached.

Primary Education (Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1)

Join us Sunday mornings in the Undercroft (Chapel Lower-level) from 9:00am to 11:15am (with an early pick up at 10:40am for those not staying for Adult Education hour) as we rotate through the following classes: Godly Play (a Montessori-based Sunday School curriculum), Arts & Crafts, Park Play and story time, with snacks and a music lesson with Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg. Drop off and pick up in Undercroft C.

Children’s Sermon (Grades 5 and Younger)

From September through May, during the 9:15 am service, children join one of our priests as they present a child-friendly sermon, using the daily Gospel as inspiration. The children will be led out to the Choir Room and then returned to the Chapel.

Elementary Education (Grades 2-5)

After the 9:15 am service, children in grades two through five gather on the St. David’s Hallway to be led to one of our Sunday School classrooms. Each month one Bible story is explored through a variety of multimedia workshops; art, cooking, theater or drama. Pick up is on the St. David’s Hall stage at 11:15 am.

Middle School Education (Grades 6-7)

After the 9:15 am service in the Chapel, children in grades six and seven meet on the St. David’s Hallway to be led to their Sunday School classroom – Conference Room 1. The Sunday School program for this age engages Biblical narrative using storytelling (video), creative reflection and communal conversation. They will have a personal journal to capture their interpretation through writing or drawing. Children will return to St. David’s Hallway at 11:15 am.

Confirmation (Grade 8)

Confirmation is the beginning of the spiritual journey to adult membership for the youth in the Episcopal Church. It is a time marked by deep exploration of the faith and how they can personally live into the mission of St. David’s Church.

The Confirmation journey consists of five components:

  1. Instruction: After the 9:15 am worship, confirmands will meet in the Undercroft for education.
  2. Worship: Confirmands will attend worship and participate in Family Ministries Sunday.
  3. Rule of Life: Confirmands will prepare a Rule of Life. More information to follow.
  4. Outreach: Confirmands will have the opportunity to work cooperatively on a local outreach project.
  5. Mentors: Each student selects a mentor to be their companion for the journey.

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High School Education (Grades 9-12)

Our High School youth meet in the Youth Lounge each Sunday morning at 10:30 am over coffee and doughnuts to discuss how their faith helps them interpret the Biblical readings of the day as well as the front-page news of the week.

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St. David’s Youth Groups

The EDGE Youth Group

Grades 4-5
Bi-monthly

This is the youngest and first youth group experience for children. We meet bimonthly to start building community beyond the Sunday School classroom setting. In the past, trips have included: bowling, movies, iFly, pumpkin picking, and SkyZone.

Middle School Youth Group

Grades 6-8
Wednesdays
} 7:00pm-8:00pm

Youth in grade six through eight are welcome to join the Middle School Youth Group every Wednesday evening in the youth lounge (Chapel Lower Level). During our regular meetings, we play games, share our faith, and build community. We also have several outings throughout the year. In the past, trips have included: Roller Skating, Apple Picking, Beach Trips, and much more!

High School Youth Group

Grades 9-12
Sundays
} 7:00pm-8:30pm

In High School Youth Group, we discuss the issues facing students and how God is at work in our day-to-day lives. Community building, service, and fun are the pillars of our weekly gatherings, with larger special events planned for fall and spring, including a Haunted House visit, an MLK Day of Service, a Ski Retreat weekend, and more!

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Growing in Faith

High School Breakfast

Grades 9-12
2nd + 4th Fridays
} 6:00am

Students in grades 9 through 12 are welcome to join us on the second and fourth Fridays each month at 6:00am for fellowship and breakfast at Minella’s Diner in Wayne – our treat!

Youth Feeding Ministry

1st Sunday of Each Month

A feeding ministry that prepares and serves breakfast to area residents at St. Augustine in Norristown. Previously known as “Hip Hop Hippo,” this ministry meets the first Sunday of each month.

Mission Trips

Grades 9-12 and Adults
Yearly

These take place yearly for youth grades 9-12 and adults. Our trips join with several goodwill organizations, including Habitat for Humanity. The trips are usually one week long and we try to rotate between domestic work trips and working with our international partners.

We seek to share the heart of God with all peoples of the world. Our mission trips are working and stretching opportunities to learn about God’s love & grace.

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