Children’s Ministry

We consider ministering to your children not only a calling, but also an honor and a blessing. Our belief is based on Deuteronomy 32:2,

“Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.”

We don’t underestimate the importance of a child’s spiritual life and look forward to nurturing that all year long. Please join us, serve with us, and watch the children grow in God’s love with us.

For more information about Children’s Ministry, contact Holli Kight, Lay Minister for Children’s Christian Education at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Email Holli to subscribe to the Children’s Ministry electronic newsletter – it’s the best way to learn about events particular to preschool and grade-school children, and upcoming events specific to younger families.

St. Martin’s Children’s Ministry has so many opportunities for fun, fellowship and faith as we nurture the spiritual growth of our kids. Sign up to receive our e-newsletter and follow our Facebook page to learn more about why growing kids’ hearts in the knowledge of Christ is not a job duty; rather it’s a privilege that we share together.

New KidCheck Sign-in System

We know Sunday mornings can be hectic and we want to make checking in your children at St. Martin’s is as simple as possible.  If this is your first time to visit or if you have not set up a KidCheck account yet, we recommend that you do that before coming on a Sunday.   Signing up is free and easy!   If you don’t have time to do it ahead of time, it can be done at any of the kiosks.  These step-by-step videos will get you started:

2019/2020 Sunday School

Sundays September through May
9 – 11 a.m., Founders’ Hall, Children in preschool
10:15 – 11 a.m., Payne Education Center, Children in elementary grades

Our lessons and curriculum for all ages draw on the grand narrative of the Bible. We hope this provides the entire family with topics to enjoy continuing conversations that deepen children’s faith.
* Exceptions listed below

Age Groups

Infants – Pre-K

Child care is offered for infants – two years old from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. inside Founders’ Hall. Sunday School is offered for two-year-old to pre-K at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., which includes both a music component and an activity section.

Founders’ Hall Classroom Assignments
Infants to 12 months
12 months to 24 months
2 years old
3 years old
4 years old
Pre-K (all levels)

Classroom promotion takes place every August; however, babies and toddlers may be promoted quarterly.

For more information or questions, please contact Ursella Rylander at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

10:15 – 11 a.m., Sunday School for children kindergarten – 5th grade
Payne Education Center
We use the Hearts Alive program, and include activities, crafts and stories to reinforce the liturgical scripture.

Sunday School Holidays

Sunday School for children will not be offered on the following dates:

September 1Labor Day weekend
November 10St. Martin’s Day (Parish Family Picture Day)
December 1Thanksgiving weekend
December 15Family Christmas Celebration
December 22Christmas break
December 29New Year’s break
February 23Outreach Sunday
March 15Spring Break
April 12Easter Sunday
May 24Memorial Day weekend
May 31Vacation Bible School Sunday

Acolytes

The order of acolytes is one of the most ancient ministries in the church. The word “acolyte” means “follower” or “one who helps.” In addition to carrying a cross and banners during the service, acolytes also read lessons and prayers, serve as chalice bearers and assist with the offertory. These are important and vital roles that are central to our worship at St. Martin’s, and help to develop a sense of reverence and understanding for the tradition of the Episcopal worship service.

The St. Martin’s Acolyte Ministry requires a one-year commitment. Depending on the number of acolytes, you will serve one to two times per month.

Students in 3rd – 5th grades are invited to serve at our Family Table Sunday worship service at 9:15 a.m. in the Old Church. Students in 6th grade may choose to serve at the Family Table worship service in the Old Church, as well as the 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. or 6 p.m. Sunday worship services in The Church.

If you would like to serve as an acolyte, click the button below to sign up.
(must be filled out on a computer)

For more information about being an acolyte, contact Beth Ollenburger at 713-830-4146 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Choristers and Youth Choir

Sundays during the school year
8:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Payne Education Center, Room 207/209
St. Martin’s Choristers for children K– 5th grade and Youth Choir for children 6th – 12th grade offer the opportunity for children of all ages to make joyful, beautiful music while holding a special place in worship services. Click here for more information.

Join us Sunday, December 15 for the annual Christmas presentation and gathering for families.