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. Watch the video below or sign up to receive our e-newsletter 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.

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. When visiting for the first time, please pick up a Parent Packet at the Connection Corner table located near the Noah’s ark statue in Founders’ Hall.

Founders’ Hall Classroom Assignments
Storks – infants to 12 months
Bunnies – 12 months to 24 months
Lambs – 2 years old
Turtles – 3 years old
Butterflies – 4 years old
Owls – pre-K (all levels through bridge)

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

We offer Sunday School for children Kindergarten – 5th grade from 10:15 – 11 a.m. in the Payne Education Center, second floor. When visiting for the first time, please pick up a Parent Packet located in the Connection Corner in Payne Education Center, Room 215.

Grade School Curriculum Guide
All grades enjoy lessons designed just for them. Classes are led by parent volunteers where friendships and community time are encouraged. Contact Holli Kight at 713-985-3816 or email hidden; JavaScript is required for information about being a volunteer.

Payne Education Center Classroom Assignments
Kindergarten (and Bridge) – Room 206
1st Grade – Room 201
2nd Grade – Room 203
3rd Grade – Room 216
4th and 5th Grades – Room 217

Preteen Ministry

We’re excited to incorporate a new branch under the Children’s Ministry umbrella designed specifically for 4th and 5th graders.  The new Preteen Ministry program is a very strategic and targeted curriculum unique to this age group. The mission of preteen ministry is to gracefully and slowly lay groundwork as they grow out of childhood and into the next phase of their journey. The lessons or teaching series are designed to cover a two-year scope and sequence as the 4th and 5th graders meet together. By creating a different environment for them on Sunday mornings, preteens are treated less like children and more like mini-students who are beginning to ponder life and being given the freedom to do so! We also will have some special outings throughout the year.

Sunday School Holidays

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

  • November 26
  • December 17
  • December 24
  • December 31
  • February 25
  • April 1
  • May 27
  • June 3
  • July 1
  • Thanksgiving weekend
  • Choristers Christmas Celebration
  • Christmas Eve
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Outreach Sunday
  • Easter Day
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Fourth of July weekend

Communion Class

Sundays, October 1, 15 and 22
10:15 a.m.
Payne Education Center, Room 210/212
Join us for the three-week series teaching children about the Eucharist sacraments as the basis of our Christian faith. The class is designed for children 2nd grade and older, but all ages are invited to attend. Parent or significant adult participation is necessary to help children continue learning at home.

2017/2018 Activities

Communion Class
Sundays, October 1, 15 and 22
10:15 a.m.
Payne Education Center, Room 210/212

Communion Recognition Service and Reception
Sunday, October 29
9 a.m.
The Church

Choristers and Young Choir Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 17
9:15 a.m., Family Table worship service
Old Church

Family Christmas Celebration
Sunday, December 17
10:15 a.m.
Bagby Parish Hall

Rising 5th Graders Parent Meeting
Sunday, April 8
10:15 – 11 a.m.
Activity Center Gym

Rising 5th Graders Welcome Party
Sunday, April 15
10:15 – 11 a.m.
The Island Main Hall

Vacation Bible School
Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 8

Vacation Bible School

Hear Us Roar During Vacation Bible School!
Nearly 300 children gathered for a week in mid June for a fun-filled time of friendship, fellowship, activities and lessons during The Living King Vacation Bible School. Led by many parents and more than 40 middle and high school students, the children enjoyed crafts and games, going on a picnic, visiting with a monkey and doing the chicken dance. Donations for their special outreach project benefited Oasis for Orphans, which helped buy chickens for an orphanage in Kenya, Africa.

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 flags, banners, torches and crosses during the service, acolytes also assist the Clergy of St. Martin’s with preparing the altar for Holy Communion. 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 4th – 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.

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
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.