childrens-sunday-schoolChildren’s Classes

We learn, pray, play, serve, create, and make a joyful noise together. These classes are for all children, ages 3-11. Adults are invited to learn with us as teachers and assistants. We study the Bible stories on our wonderful wall mural painted in Hiers Hall. Once we were no people, but now we are God’s people.

All children, kindergarten to 3rd grade, are invited to Children’s Chapel. At the 10:30 AM service, during the Gloria, all children follow the cross out of the church to Children’s Chapel. We have instruction based on the day’s lessons presented in a way suited to our youngest members’ understanding. After Children’s Chapel, the children will be brought back into “big church” during the Peace to enjoy the remainder of the service with their families.

Middle and High School

Middle Schoolers (6-8th grade) learn about the Old and New Testaments through videos, hands-on interaction, and conversation.

Our Youth Director leads the High Schoolers (9-12th grade) as they discuss the Episcopal Faith and discover new things about the history of the church, our traditions, and our faith in an engaging way specifically geared for teens.

Adults

The Synthesis Bible Study explores the appointed Sunday Bible readings, seeking ways to incorporate the lessons into today’s context. Participants may choose simply to listen or to share in the discussion. Some students drop in, while others choose to attend every week.

The Centering Prayer Class guides students through silent prayer that goes beyond our words, thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Centering Prayer does not replace other kinds of prayer, but invites us to open our awareness to God who we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. Centering Prayer is prayer with the aim of deepening our relationship with God. This group also meets for prayer and contemplative discussions on Thursday evenings at 5:00 PM in the Parlor.

Theological Gumbo offers weekly opportunities to explore different issues and reflect upon the implications for our spiritual journeys. Topics for discussion might include current events, the liturgical calendar, parish life, or any of a broad number of topics. No preparation is required for this class, and it’s crafted specifically so people can drop-in as they are interested. Watch “The Epistle” newsletter for a schedule of upcoming topics.

Nursery

St. Thomas is blessed to have a devoted nursery staff. The nursery is open Sunday mornings from 7:45 until Noon, on Wednesdays from 9:30 AM until 1:00 PM and for special events (i.e. Lenten Services, Lobsterfest, the Seder Supper, and others).