Children & Family Ministry

 Upcoming Children and Youth Family Events

Join your friends from St. Pauls for an evening picnic and bible activities at one of York Counties local parks. Each family is asked to bring their own picnic dinner to enjoy as we gather. The evening will include an interactive bible story along with a family activity and craft. All pavilions are located close to the park playground so your
children can enjoy time playing with their friends. Restrooms and parking are located within walking distance.

5:30 Picnic
6:00 7:00 Bible Story, Camp Songs, Activity and Craft

May 17th
Kain Park
Perch Pavilion

God Creates the Sky and Light

June 21st

Rocky Ridge Park
Grey Squirrel Pavilion

God Creates the Land and Plants

July 19th

John Rudy Park
Blue Spruce Pavilion

God Creates the Animals

August 16th

Kain Park
Perch Pavilion

God Creates the Creatures in the Sea

Children’s Sunday Morning Education 9:15 a.m.

Children from preschool through grade 6 will be gathering on Sunday mornings in May to discover and learn about some early Apostles from the book of Acts. These first Apostles helped to spread the message about Jesus Resurrection across the world. All ages meet in the nave at 9:15 where we will join in some singing and story. Children then move to their classrooms with their teachers. Come and join us anytime. Class size ranges between 410 children in each age group; InfantPreschool, Grades K3, Grades 46. The last class is Sunday May 22.

Spark family magazine provides ways for you to talk about God and Jesus with your children. St. Pauls subscribes to this magazine for our families with young children sending it directly to your home.  Take time to read the stories with your children and try out some of the activities. Enjoy growing in faith together. (If you are not receiving this magazine, simply call the church office and asked to be added to the subscription list.)

Gods Work our HandsSeptember 12, 2021

Annually the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) observes Gods Work our Handson the second Sunday of September.  Over the years we have used our hands to; clean up trash and debris littering the neighborhood, prepare health kits to give aid to those in disaster struck regions, and assemble school kits for children in developing nations. This year our focus is on the need for water, especially drinkable water, to sustain communities in places that are suffering from drought and lack infrastructure. In the spirit of water and wells and baptismal grace, a variety of water activities will comprise the Sunday school time (9:1510:15 AM) on September 12. We will be receiving special offerings for the work of Lutheran World Relief and their efforts to supply water, wells, and irrigation so that people, communities, flocks and crops can flourish. Please plan to attend this special outdoor Sunday school session. You may wish to bring a towel to dry off or absorb any excess water you may encounter along the way! Activities are planned for children and their parents. A combination of water relays, balloon toss and water games will center us on the importance of water in  our lives and how important water is for daily life. The Fellowship Committee will serve refreshments. All offerings received will be given to the work of Lutheran World Relief. Plan on taking part in Gods Work our Handseven if it means you get a little bit wet!

Presentation of BiblesSunday September 12, 2021
The Christian Education Committee will present children and youth with Bibles on Sunday September 12 during the Sunday Liturgy. Infants new to the congregation will receive the First Stories of Jesus, a beginning Bible board book. Students entering First grade will be presented the Paraclete Bible for Kids. Students entering Fourth grade will be presented the Adventure Bible. Students entering Seventh grade will be presented the NRSV Student Bible. Our hope as a faith community is that by placing in the hands of our children versions of the Bible that are age appropriate, we may get our young people more engaged in reading and discussing Bible stories. It is important for us to honestly use our Bibles. They should show signs of wear and use. The
Reformation of the 16th century encouraged Christian people to read and study the Bible. Please be present in worship on Sunday September 12 to show your support and to give your encouragement to the children and youth of our congregation as they learn and grow in Gods grace.

Worship Resources

Are you worshiping at home alone or with your family? Here is a way to involve your children.  When the bulletin is sent each week in an email from church, a copy of the Children’s Bulletin is included.  There is an older and younger version.  The resource supports the Bible lessons heard in church each week.  Print enough for each of your children and have them ready for when you worship together at home.  Use them as discussion starters about the Bible lessons and living as Christian.