St. Bede is home to a strong community of children that range in age from newborns to 12 years old, and it’s vital to us that they feel like the important members they are. You’ll find them throughout the worship space, including some of the very front pews. Sometimes they might make a little noise. We’re okay with that.
Sunday School: We offer Sunday school to children from 3-10, Sunday in-person during the 10:30am Sunday Service
“Train up the child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Sunday School Curriculum – This year we continued with the structured curriculum from
Resource Well – Children’s Ministry -Year 3 – Prophets & Promises The curriculum includes creative activities, games, memory verses, and stories connecting to our life.
Special church Events – Our children actively participated in the special programs in zoom and in-person services for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, family Sunday through action songs, memory verses, thankyou messages to parents, and praising God through their talents proclaiming God’s love & power for Easter service in April and choreography at Church on Dec 19th to give glory to God. All children were showered gifts by Santa, and special prizes for perfect attendance and memory verse recital for the year.
Vacation Bible School – In 2021, the VBS was conducted between July 12th – 16th, themed “Escape to Athens with Paul”, and children from Church of St. Bede and St. Claire Missionary Church participate with all enthusiasm. Volunteers from both the Church put their hands together to help Pastor Tim to organize and execute VBS.
St. Bede’s Children’s ministry has truly given our children a memorable experience and something to remember thus far, I would like to thank everyone for helping to plant and reinforce the Word of God in each child’s heart.
Ramya Merlyn Sunday School Superintendent
Children start with us in the sanctuary and after a time of praise, all children are welcomed to the steps of the altar, where the Pastor has a brief chat about the key messages we’re going to focus on when we read the Scripture. After a prayer, the kids make their way to the Sunday School room, where they hear Bible stories, learn memory verses, make crafts and play games. We have a fantastic teacher on hand, Ramya Merlin, who leads this ministry, and parents take turns each week helping out.
Nursery: Once a month, we offer a special nursery program for children who have recently been born up to four years old. This early-years experience focuses on songs, finger plays and stories, much like a drop-in program but with Christian focus. Parents are free to go back up and take part in worship, or to stay and get ideas on how to practice faith at home — even with children who aren’t yet old enough to speak.
Children’s Choir: Music is an integral part of our parish and it is no different with our children’s music ministry. There is, perhaps, no better way to teach children about Jesus than through songs and music.
Through simple songs with catchy tunes, we hope to instill and develop in them a love for music early on. We add some extra fun to the songs with action songs, rhyming words and the like. In addition, we also aim to get them interested in playing musical instruments from a young age. Our five year olds hit the drums hard or go soft on the pianos, our four year olds go to town on the shakers and our older kids of nine or ten try their hands on the Ukulele. By letting them spend time on these instruments, we introduce them to the world of rhythm and beats.
Our goal is to reveal Jesus to them through the words of the songs, the music they imbibe and the praises they sing.
Special events for children: Throughout the year we offer special progams for children, and involve our children in wider parish events. Children perform an annual Christmas pageant at our Christmas cantata as well as take the stage to show off their musical talents.
Each Summer we run a free all-day week-long childrens camp focused on a Biblical story, which is filled with songs, stories and games.
And every few months we have all ages services where the service is geared to all – children and adults alike.