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.

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:

VBS 2020 IS ON!

Monday–Thursday, July 27–30

St. Martin’s is teaming up with St. John the Divine and Christ Church Cathedral to offer a free, online VBS that will be open to everyone in the Diocese July 27-30. Holli Kight, Lay Minister for Children’s Christian Education at St. Martin’s, says the collaborative approach will provide an exciting way for children to enjoy the best of VBS at home. “Our new theme is FOCUS–Take a Closer Look and we will look at why we believe in things that we cannot see because of things that we can see–the essence of faith,” she explained.

Families who registered for the original program will receive kits containing inexpensive materials for crafts and lessons to use at home before the program starts.

2020 Sunday School

Sundays 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

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:

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 Bagby Parish Hall.

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

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 offers the opportunity for children to make joyful, beautiful music while holding a special place in worship services. Click here for more information.