Sundays for Children (Ages 3 - Grade 5)

Godly Play, SOWHAT, and Children's Chapel are back! All children must be registered for the 2017-18 year. For more information about any of our programs, please contact our Christian Education Administrator, John Putnam.

 

Godly Play Core Training: Saturdays, November 18 & December 2

St. John's has an urgent need for Godly Play Story Tellers and Door People! Please consider making this wonderful ministry apart of your ministry! We are also excited to welcome others from the larger Christian community in Colorado.

Godly Play is Montessori based model of Sunday School that helps children explore their faith through story while valuing process, openness, discovery, community, relationships, creativity, and imagination. Learning how to share sacred stories with children through Godly Play is a powerful experience that will help you engage more fully with the children in your ministry. Click here for more information about training content. 

Each session will be held at St. John's Cathedral (1350 N Washington St Denver, CO 80203). The cost is $155 a session, but please reach out to the Godly Play Foundation about scholarship information if needed. Lunch and snacks will be provided by St. John's. 


Sign up quickly because there are only 14 spaces! Registration for the remaining two sessions can be found here: Parables and Liturgical Action.


 

Children's Chapel 

We offer Children’s Chapel for the first part of the 9:00 am service for children ages 3 and up, in Saint Francis Chapel (2nd floor, up the stairs from the Welcome Center).  This is a child-friendly version of the Liturgy of the Word. Children come into the Cathedral in time to join parents for Communion. Parents are welcome to stay or sign in their children.

Godly Play, (Ages 3 - 3rd Grade)

In Godly Play, we create a safe and beautiful space where children are deeply respected as they see, hear and wonder about stories from the Bible or another part of our Episcopal tradition. Using hands-on  materials and “wondering questions” to reflect on the story together, children then choose from a variety of materials—art supplies, building materials, books, etc —to make their own creative responses, and to help make the stories truly their own. Prayers and a feast (snack) round out the session.  

• 3-4 year olds: Preschool Godly Play, Room 103
• K-1st Grades: Godly Play Class, Room 101
• 2nd-3rd Grades: Godly Play for Older Kids, Room 202

Godly Play Volunteers

"It has been a profoundly spiritual experience for me."
"I thought I had to know the Bible better...but that's not true, it is all laid out for you."

"I feel deeply connected to Saint John's because of my work with Godly Play - volunteering to teach has been the opposite of isolating."

"I've made my closest friends here through my work with Godly Play."

"The children are incredible."

These are just a few of the comments from current Godly Play volunteers. Godly Play, a Montessori-based curriculum, begins with the understanding that children have an innate sense of the presence of God and helps them explore their faith through story while enhancing their spiritual experience through wonder and play.  Won't you start praying about whether you feel called to serve Saint John's in this important ministry? More information HERE.

Questions?  john@sjcathedral.org


 

SOWHAT, (4th - 5th Grade)

SOWHAT stands for: Stories, Outreach, Wonder, HOLY SPIRIT, Arts, & Theology. At this age, children are ready for more…more insight, more activities, and more sophisticated art projects. Now that the Bible stories learned in Godly Play are part of their experience, they can delve more deeply. This year, the SOWHAT class will ponder questions about sacred spaces or 'thin places'.and how people have found God in places around the world. They will learn together how their own impact on the world as  followers of Christ can make a difference. This class will deeply engage in wondering, finding meaning, and reaching out to people in need. SOWHAT meets in room 204 (in the hallway off of St. Francis Chapel).

Acolytes 

4th - 12th graders can further participate in Sunday worship by becoming an acolyte or usher. These roles are highly interactive, which makes them a great way for children to transition from our Children's Chapel program to participating in our communities sacred Eucharist. We provide training so that children will feel comfortable with their assigned tasks. For more information, please contact David Barr at DavidLBarr@msn.com.


Cathedral Nite

Children are a very welcome part of our Cathedral Nite offerings. Cathedral Nite's are family events. The nursery will be open from 5:00 to 8:30 pm for children of all ages. Additionally, children are invited to join us for Holy Eucharist in St. Martin's Chapel at 5:30 pm, dinner in Dagwell Hall at 6:00 pm, and we highly encourage one of our excellent children's choirs that rehearse on Wednesday evenings.
1350 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80203