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.

2018 Vacation Bible School

More than 300 children had a great time looking at friendships in the Bible – from David and Jonathan to James and John – and the best friendship of all, us with Jesus. Click the link below to watch our new video!

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 11St. Martin’s Day
November 25Thanksgiving weekend
December 23Christmas break
December 30New Year’s break
February 24Outreach Sunday
March 10Spring Break
April 21Easter Day
May 26Memorial Day weekend
June 2Vacation Bible School Sunday
July 7Fourth of July weekend

Sunday School Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 9
10 a.m.
Old Church
Children in our elementary school classes (K – 5th grade) are invited to participate in the Christmas Pageant presented by Children’s Ministry Sunday School. All classes will focus on Advent and incorporate the Christmas drama as part of their Sunday school lessons throughout the months of November and December.

Choristers and Youth Choir Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 16
9:15 a.m. Family Table worship service
Old Church
Join us at the Family Table service as the Choristers Children’s Choir and Youth Choir presents their annual Christmas concert. Told through anthems and narratives, the choirs bring the traditional Christmas story to life.

Family Christmas Celebration

Sunday, December 16
10:15 a.m.
Bagby Parish Hall
Immediately following the Choristers and Youth Choir Christmas Concert, Children’s Ministry will host a reception for all children and families. We look forward to another wonderful year bringing in the Christmas season together.

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 4th – 6th 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
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.