St. Stephen offers a vibrant and engaging children and youth program.
For the summer of 2022, we will be pausing our Sunday School classes as teachers take vacations.
Beginning Sept. 11 will we be be back with Sunday School for all ages, from pre-school through high school. A nursery is available for babies and toddlers.
In July and December we also host week-long camps for our children that is facilitated by our Youth Group, staff and member-volunteers.
Learn more about our youth music programs below.
Children’s Sunday School. Meet teachers Grace Kim & Tammy Hille in Godly Play and Science Room (2nd floor) at 9:30 a.m. (On hold during the summer, until Sept. 11, 2022.)
Children’s Church is available during the 11 a.m. worship during the Sermon. Beth will lead the children through a Bible Story in the chapel; join her in the Narthex after the Gospel Reading. They return during the 2nd Hymn. (On hold during the summer, until Aug. 14, 2022.)
Child care is offered every Sunday morning 9:25 am through noon during the Sunday School hour and 11:00 am worship. Our dedicated nursery workers, Miss Beatriz and Miss Maria, have years of experience with the children of St. Stephen. They welcome children 5 years and younger to the Pre-K Room (#136) or Nursery Room (#117).
For more information about our youth programs, please contact our Director of Education, Beth Fultz;
Godly Play During 11am Service:
St. Stephen values children’s attendance of regular worship. During the 11:00 worship service, children aged pre-school to 4th grade are invited to attend Godly Play during the period the sermon is preached.
Children gather during the gospel reading in the “mini” crossing then follow the adult leaders to the education building for a Godly Play Bible lessons. They return during the middle hymn of the service and continue to participate in prayers, offertory, communion and music.
The St. Stephen Choristers is a choir for children grades 4–8 that rehearses weekly and follows a training program using the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) curriculum. This rewarding program not only includes rehearsal of church music and basic music training, it also encourages leadership, achievement, and faith formation.
Rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening during the academic year from 5:00–6:00 pm in the Choral Rehearsal Room (upper level of the Education Building).
If you’re interested in registering your child for choristers, email Organist & Director of Music Ministries Jordan Smith:
Throughout the year, St. Stephen focuses on providing special holy worship services for children and families to help them understand the liturgical importance of Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and birth of Christ on Christmas Eve. It is our hope that children will learn to grasp the meaning of penitence, communion used in the Last Supper and birth of the messiah at these events.
Christmas Eve at 5:00 p.m. is our annual children and family service. The Children’s Choir sings and all children are invited to be a part of the nativity play in costume during the service. “Silent Night” is sung in candlelight at the end. Hot Chocolate and cookies are offered after the worship service.
The Children’s Choir is for children Pre-K–3rd grade. This choir is led by our talented Director of Christian Education, Beth Fultz, who has extensive experience working with children and music. Songs learned by rote along with fun and games can be expected in this choir. The Children’s Choir sings once a month during worship.
Rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening during the academic year from 5:00–5:45 pm in the Children’s Choir Room (upper level of the Education Building).
Interested in registering your child in the Children’s Choir? Click here to register or email Jordan Smith, Organist & Director of Music Ministries (email@example.com) for more information.