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
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 our youth in the Episcopal Church. At St. David’s, it is a time marked by deep exploration of the faith and how they can personally live into the mission of the church. The Confirmation journey consists of four components: Instruction, Mentoring, Worship, and Outreach. This year a new curriculum is being implemented, called Confirm, not Conform. Parents will have opportunity to learn about this curriculum at the Wine and Cheese Event on September 15.
- Instruction – After the 9:15 a.m. worship service in the Undercroft
- Worship – Confirmands will attend worship and participate in designated services on November 27, 2019 and February 23, 2020.
- Confirmands will meet with one of St. David’s clergy at the end of their confirmation journey to share their experience.
- Outreach – Confirmands will have the opportunity to work cooperatively on local outreach projects over the course of the year.
- Mentors – Each student will be given a mentor to be his/her companion for the journey. Mentors will be active members of St. David’s. Families will be contacted in August for suggestions of possible mentors, and those preferences will be taken into consideration when assignments are made.
If you would like to register your child(ren) for Confirmation, please read each question carefully and fill out the form below.
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
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
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
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
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
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 Trip to Wise County, Virginia
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.
This year, the group will be driving down to the Appalachia region to do home repair work in Wise Co, Virginia. They will be doing a variety of construction projects in different homes around the area while they stay at the Grace House on the Mountain retreat center.
Worship with Young Families
This is a service of Holy Eucharist held two Fridays per month from 5:30-7:00pm. This service is especially for our youngest children, toddlers through age six, and their families, preceded by a simple meal in the Undercroft. It is highly interactive with roles for all the children. We sing, we pray and we draw! There is a quiet corner so the youngest participants can interact as is age appropriate for them, and then take time out in quiet play.
Becoming an acolyte at St. David’s is a wonderful way for our young people to grow in their faith and assist in worship. They typically serve about one Sunday a month in a variety of roles, from carrying the processional cross to holding torches. Our acolytes love to be part of the service and we accept new members at any time of the year.
Would you like to volunteer or get involved with one of these ministries?
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