Youth Christian Formation
St. Francis In-The-Fields has several opportunities for youth to be involved in the parish and growing their personal understanding of their faith.
Child Care is available for young children beginning at 9:00 am and ending at 11:30am on most Sundays. Sunday School students may also go to child care (escorted by their parents or Sunday School teacher) when their classes end at 10:30 a.m.
St. Francis-in-the-Fields has a qualified nursery care provider who is in the nursery each week. Our nursery care provider is supported by volunteers, so there are always at least two caregivers in the nursery. We ask families with child care needs to sign up for shifts as occasional caregivers. Email for more information!
An age-appropriate place for children entering Kindergarten through 3rd grade to experience their faith during the 10:00am Holy Eucharist on Sundays during the program year, August 18th, 2019 to May 2020. We use curriculum from Virginia Theological Seminary that focuses on sharing the stories of God’s acts that have always been important to the people of God. Once a month we have a Children and Youth Sunday, where the children and youth of the parish serve as the assistants in the Holy Eucharist and there is a special children message sermon.
Ages: Kindergarten to Grade 3.
Episcopal Youth Community Junior (EYC Jrs)
This group meets in the SundaySchool/EYC Jrs room after the 10:00 service through noon, starting Sept. 8, 2019. They have two dedicated teachers for each Sunday with many other assistants, and they are using a curriculum for this age group that is an extension of the program used by the Sunday School group.
Ages: Grades 4 - 6.
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
EYC will meet in the newly dedicated EYC room (off of the dining room) after the 10:00 service through noon, starting Sept. 8, 2019. They will have two to three dedicated teachers with many other assistants, and they are using a curriculum called Rite 13/ J2A, with numerous service and fellowship opportunities throughout the year, including service projects and Fall and Spring Diocesan Youth Retreats.
Ages: Grades 7 and older.
We also offer instruction on a continuing basis for children to prepare them for receiving communion. In addition, we provide classes for inquirers (those wishing to be baptized, confirmed or received) and for the incorporation of new members into the Episcopal Church. Note that membership in the parish requires baptism, attendance, and support, but not prior Confirmation or Reception. The schedules for these series are available by contacting the Church Office at 317-873-4377 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We at St. Francis-in-the-Fields are honored to have the children and youth of our congregation entrusted to our care. Please know that the safety and well-being of your children is our highest priority. We work to provide safe spaces for play and learning, and we continuously look for ways to improve our programming. Everyone working with children and youth is required to have a background check and complete the "Safeguarding God's Children" on-line course.