Childrens’ Christian Education

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. — Proverbs 22:6

Saint James’ Church is blessed to have a dedicated group of volunteers who minister to our children, including a professionally trained staff of Nursery workers who keep the youngest members of our parish family who are too young for other activities.

Sunday Mornings

Church School Classes for children and youth (from 9:00 until 9:45, followed by a a light snack)

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children ages 4 through grade 3 may attend Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the first portion of the 10:00 Mass on Sunday. This service is conducted by a lay adult. The Liturgy of the Word is a “child friendly” service with prayers, singing and a reading of the gospel followed by a short homily. Children will be brought into church after the Prayers of the People. The Liturgy of the Word will be conducted every Sunday that Church School classes are scheduled. The children will rejoin their parents at the Peace.

Important Dates:

Fall Term

Begins Sunday, September 9th through Sunday, December 16th. No classes on November 25th

Winter/Spring Term

Begins Sunday, January 13th through Sunday, April 28th . No classes March 10th and March 31st

Sunday School Awards & Recognition of Graduates is Sunday, May 5th


Sunday Curriculum

 K/4 through Grade 5:

PowerXpress curriculum allows the children to rotate through a series of workshops over a period of 4 weeks per unit. The children explore a single Bible story each unit through stories, science, crafts, and games.

Grades 6 through 8:

Living the Good News uses Lectionary based study to emphasize:

• Christian morals and lifestyles

• Relativity to today’s world

• Perseverance in prayer

• Personal commitment to Christ

• Familiarity with The Book of Common Prayer and the Bible

Grades 9 through 12:

Faithweavers curriculum which focuses on applying God’s truth to everyday life with take home topics to inspire family discussions

First Holy Communion:

Children may be admitted to Communion before Confirmation with the consent of the parish priest, with the permission of the child’s parents and after age-appropriate instruction in the meaning of the Eucharist. First and Second grade students will receive this instruction during the regular Sunday morning classes in the New Year.

First Holy Communion will be celebrated during the Easter Vigil, March 30th, 2013.

 It is expected that those children who have not yet begun to receive Holy Communion will not begin to do so until they have received instruction and are formally admitted to Holy Communion.

Please see the Holy Communion page for more information.


Wednesday Nights (beginning September 19, 2012)

5:30 pm

6:00 pm

6:30 pm

Low Mass with Hymns in the Church

Catered Supper in the Great Hall

Children and Adult Christian Education Classes

(Nursery Care will be provided beginning at 5:30 pm)

Wednesday Curriculum:

Faithweaver Friends:

For children K/4 through 3rd grade, Faithweaver Friends relates Bible stories to everyday lives. The children experience them through skits, games, crafts, and journal keeping.

Grapple for PreTeens (grades 4&5) and Middle School(Grades 6 – 8):

This is a dynamic program that helps students discuss or “grapple” with issues with which they struggle. Those issues include such topics as bullying, peer pressure, popularity, friendships and their spiritual lives.


St. James’ EYC is preparing for a great year! Students in the 6th-12th grades will go bowling after supper on the first Wednesday night of the program year, Sept. 19th. The cost for meal and bowling will be $10 per student (this event is subsidized at 50% by the parish). Our middle school students will continue in Grapple on Wednesday nights, and the high school students will gather for teaching, service, and fellowship as well. Highlights will include lock-ins, a middle school retreat in October, Bishops’ Ball in January, a high school retreat in March, and missions work in the upcoming Summer.

For more information, contact Chuck Firmin, or Fr. Faulkner.