Youth Christian Formation
St. Francis In-The-Fields has several opportunities for youth to be involved in the parish and growing as young Christians.
We are currently developing a variety of new ways for youth to be involved at St. Francis. We are focusing on ways to allow the youth to be more a diverse in their Christian growth, focusing on involvement in the liturgy, fellowship, Christian education, and both inward and outward service.
Co-op Child Care
Co-op 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 Godly Play 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.
A Montessori-based religion formation program, Godly Play I starts out with a story told with wooden props. Then the instructor and the children explore together what parts of the story interests the children and why. There is an art project which highlights what each child finds interesting about the story. This program allows the child to ask questions and seek answers on their faith journey. Godly Play is divided into two sections: Godly Play I (Pre-K–1st Grade) and Godly Play II (2nd–3rd Grade). The kindergarteners through fourth graders meet in the Godly Play classrooms in the Parish Hall at the beginning of the 10:00 am Sunday Service. The children enjoy a Godly Play lesson and activities, and then they rejoin the congregation in the service at the passing of the peace.
Godly Play I
Who: Pre-K through 1st graders
Where: New Parish Hall - North Classroom
Godly Play II
Who: 2nd and 3rd graders
Where: New Parish Hall - South Classroom
Each of our Godly Play classes is co-taught by two volunteers. All volunteers have completed the Safeguarding God's Children program and lead teachers receive training in the Godly Play curriculum. We encourage all elementary school children to attend Godly Play and encourage members, whether parents or not, to volunteer. Please email the Parish Office if you would be willing to help on a Sunday.
Fourth through sixth graders are encouraged to participate in our Middle School Youth Group. This group typically meets on the second Sunday of each month after the 10 a.m. service for Christian education as well as to plan that month's social or service activity. The group then meets again, at an agreed upon time and date, for the planned activity.
Just some of the fun things we do:
Movie Nights, Game Nights, Canoe Trip, Food Collection - over 130 bags went to Zionsville Food Pantry, Pumpkin Centerpiece Fundraiser, Diocesan Youth Retreats (Fall & Spring), Stockings for Dayspring Center for Homeless Families, Night skiing at Perfect North, Ice Skating, Laser Tag, Bowling, Climbing Wall, Carnival Games for younger kids on Shrove Tuesday, Easter Egg Hunt for younger kids, Country Market, End of the Year Pool Party & Cookout!
High School Youth Group
The High School Youth Group meets twice a month for Christian education and to plan that month's service or social activity. The group gets again later that month for its activity at the agreed upon date and time.
Just some of the fun things we've done:
- Canoe Trip
- Food Collection - over 130 bags went to Zionsville Food Pantry
- Fall and Spring Diocesan Youth Retreat
- Decorated & filled stockings for Dayspring Center for Homeless Families
- Night skiing trip to Perfect North
- Ran Carnival Games for younger kids on Shrove Tuesday
- Easter Egg Hunt for younger kids
- Country Market
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.
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.