Children and youth are an integral part of our congregational life. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me… for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Matt. 19:14)
We ask parents to check-in their children upon arrival so that we can print out a name tag that includes important information such as parental contact info, food allergies, or other safety related concerns.
Sunday Morning Catechesis (9:00-9:45)
Catechesis (meaning “teaching”) is similar to what is called “Sunday School” at some churches. It’s an opportunity for children to learn the Christian faith, to be formed as disciples who live all of life in reference to Christ. In order to address age/stage differences, we offer two programs (starting January 7, 2018):
– Children’s Catechesis – ages 3-6
– Youth Catechesis – ages 7-12
Adult Catechesis is offered at the same time for parents in another room.
During Worship (10:00-11:20am)
Nursery is available during the service, as needed, for infants and nursing mothers.
We offer a special program for pre-K through elementary-aged kids (3-11 years) offering during the Word / sermon portion of the service. Our curriculum includes activities, a story, and a liturgical flow that mirrors the main service. It is designed to prepare kids to be re-integrated into the main worship service by the time they reach middle school. This reflects our “multi-generational worship” value below. If you have questions please email our lead children’s teacher: diana@eucharistSF.org
Some Important Values:
- Safety – We are committed to making Eucharist Church the safest place for children in San Francisco and the most dangerous for predators or those who might want to harm children. We require background checks and special safety training of all volunteers. Following the policies and recommendations laid out by our diocese, we have implemented a thoughtful and thorough children’s safety plan that we follow carefully.
- Holistic – We are committed to nurturing a holistic approach to Christian formation for children that includes addressing the home life, formation of parent’s faith, sustaining a vibrant social community for children that normalizes Christian faith commitment.
- Multi-Generational Worship – We are committed to working toward healthy, vibrant, multi-generational worship. In order to address the needs of families and children at young ages, we offer a nursery for very young children and age-appropriate programming for preschool and elementary age children (3-11 years) during the Word (scripture reading / sermon / creed, prayers of the people) portion of the service. We believe it is important for the whole family to worship together as much as is possible, so we invite families to begin and end the service together.
- Parental/Family Support – We are committed to supporting parents and families. Studies about children’s faith development repeatedly point out that THE most important factor (by a long shot) in a child’s faith development is actually the parent’s faith & practice and what goes on at home. As a church we want to prioritize supporting parents in their incredibly important role as the primary shepherds of their child’s heart.
In our Children’s Ministry programming, we prioritize the following values (reflected in our curriculum):
- Christ-Centered, Gospel-Focused – We want our children to know the love of God in Christ.
- Following the Lectionary – In order to foster continuity between parents and children, we want to base our curriculum offered to children during worship off of the same 3-year lectionary cycle that guides the Word portion of our worship services.
- Cultivating Wonder & Holy Curiosity – We’re not just interested in stuffing kids full of facts and information. We want them to enter into the mystery of knowing and loving God – with body, heart, and mind.
- Learning the Biblical Story – We want our children to be grounded in biblical literacy such that the Bible shapes their imagination and provides the foundation of their identity. Our children, over time, should come to know the Old and New Testament characters, treasure the Biblical stories, and memorize key verses.
- Forming Holy Habits – The ability for people to continually grow in love, build character / virtue, and mature/sustain faith over a lifetime all comes back to the habits, patterns, and rhythms that shape our life. We are all (kids especially) “ritual” creatures. We want to build on that part of our nature, not resist it.
A glimpse of our kid’s ministry room:
Link for background check application (for volunteers and staff)