When children are baptized into the Church, the entire community pledges to help them to know God and to follow Jesus Christ. All Souls takes that responsibility seriously!
birth through age 3 . . . during the Catechesis Hour
birth through age 1 . . . during worship services
All Souls’ Nursery provides a nurturing environment where our youngest children can feel safe and become comfortable being at church with their families. During the worship service, we sing songs and tell one of God’s stories. Providing Nursery care provides the parents of our youngest the opportunity to learn and worship with the peace of mind that their children are safe and content. Parents are encouraged to pick up their children from the Nursery to join them for Communion.
age* 4 through grade 5 . . . during the Catechesis Hour
Sunday School is an opportunity for children to explore the stories of the Bible and learn the basics of the Christian faith at an age-appropriate level. The Catechesis Hour occurs each Sunday during the school year, except for the Sundays before and after Christmas and Easter Sunday. Our pre-schoolers & Kindergartners use the Jesus Storybook Bible (by Sally Lloyd-Jones) for their stories. Our 1st – 3rd graders use Old Testament stories from The Bible Story Handbook (by John H. Walton & Kim Walton) and our 4th & 5th graders use New Testament stories from The Bible Story Handbook.
age* 2 through grade 5 . . . during the worship service
Children’s Worship allows our children the opportunity to worship by listening and responding to God’s stories, and by developing a life of prayer. We call each worship room an Atrium, because we are welcoming our children into a life of worship. With our Sprouts Atrium (2s/3s), our liturgy is music-based and surrounds a series of core biblical stories. We use the Young Children & Worship (by Sonja Stewart & Gerome Berryman) and Following Jesus (by Sonja Stewart) stories with our older children as the core of our worship time, and surround them by an abbreviated Anglican liturgy. Children’s Worship participants join their families upstairs for Communion.
grades 3- 5 . . . on Sunday evenings
Treehouse is on Sunday evenings during the school year, and provides our older elementary children an opportunity to gather for food, fun, and conversations about Kingdom work. Our motto is “Treehouse: Kids on Mission!”
vacation bible school
age* 3 through (entering) grade 5 . . . one week in the summertime
For a week each summer, VBS brings children together to create art, sing songs, play games, and hear God’s stories. A team of teens and adults joins join together to serve children from All Souls and the surrounding neighborhoods.
* All ages are as of September 1. For class placement questions, please speak to the Ministry Coordinator or Jennifer Merck, Pastor for Children.