Youth Christian Formation

St. Francis In-The-Fields has several opportunities for youth to be involved in the parish and growing a


Child Care

 

Child Care is available for young children during the 10 a.m. service on most Sundays.  Younger Godly Play 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.


Sunday School

An age-appropriate place for children 1st through 3rd grade to experience their faith during the 10:00am Holy Eucharist on Sundays during the program year, August to May. 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 4. 

  • 8/19/18   Registration, Backpack Blessing, and Popsicle Party
  • 8/26/18  Noah
  • 9/2/18 Labor Day: no Sunday School or EYC
  • 9/9/18   Children and Youth Sunday
  • 9/16/18   Parish Retreat to Waycross: no Sunday School or EYC
  • 9/23/18   Abraham, Sarah, Issac/Rebekkah's twins, and Jacob
  • 9/30/18   Joseph; Joseph and the Pharoah
  • 10/7/18   Children and Youth Sunday, Children invited to help with Pet Blessing
  • 10/14/18   Fall Break: no Sunday School or EYC
  • 10/21/18   Fall Break: no Sunday School or EYC
  • 10/28/18   Moses
  • 11/4/18   Children and Youth Sunday, All Saints Day event 5-6pm
  • 11/11/18   Jesus changes water into wine; Jesus heals a blind man
  • 11/17/18  Family Game and Movie Night at Boys & Girls Club, 6-9pm
  • 11/18/18   Jesus heals Peter's relative; Jesus raises Jairus' daughter
  • 11/25/18   Thanksgiving Break: No Sunday School or EYC
  • 12/2/18  Children and Youth Sunday
  • 12/9/18   Elizabeth and Zechariah; John the Baptist
  • 12/16/18   Mary and Joseph; Shepherds glorify God
  • 12/23/18  Greening of the Church and Chili Cook-off: No Sunday School or EYC
  • 12/24/18   Christmas Eve Children's Pageant

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)  

Youth of the Parish gather to learn and share generously following the 10am Holy Eucharist. Each meeting focuses on formation, with numerous service and fellowship opportunities throughout the year, including an annual lock-in, service projects, Fall and Spring Diocesan Youth Retreats, and a Game Night. Ages: Grade 4 and older.   

  • 8/19/18   Registration, Backpack Blessing, and Popsicle Party
  • 8/26/18  Spiritual Disciplines
  • 9/2/18 Labor Day: no Sunday School or EYC
  • 9/9/18   Children and Youth Sunday
  • 9/16/18   Parish Retreat to Waycross: no Sunday School or EYC
  • 9/23/18   Spiritual Disciplines
  • 9/30/18   Spiritual Disciplines
  • 10/7/18   Children and Youth Sunday, Children invited to help with Pet Blessing
  • 10/14/18   Fall Break: no Sunday School or EYC
  • 10/21/18   Fall Break: no Sunday School or EYC
  • 10/28/18   Stewardship
  • 11/4/18   Children and Youth Sunday, All Saints Day event 5-6pm
  • 11/11/18   Stewardship
  • 11/17/18  Family Game and Movie Night at Boys & Girls Club, 6-9pm
  • 11/18/18   Stewardship
  • 11/25/18   Thanksgiving Break: No Sunday School or EYC
  • 12/2/18  Diocesan Youth Retreat at Waycross Camp and Conference Center
  • 12/9/18   Stewardship
  • 12/16/18   Stewardship
  • 12/23/18  Greening of the Church and Chili Cook-off: No Sunday School or EYC
  • 12/24/18   Christmas Eve Children's Pageant

Preparatory Classes 

We also offer instruction on a continuing basis for children to prepare them for 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 in the bulletin and newsletter.  


Safety

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.