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.

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Click the tabs below for more information by age group.

Newborns – pre-K

Sunday School is offered for newborns – pre-K from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. inside Founders’ Hall. When visiting for the first time, please pick up a Parent Packet located at the Welcome Window. Care is available for newborns – pre-K during all the morning worship services.

Founders’ Hall Classroom Assignments

Storks – Newborns to 12 months

Bunnies – 12 months to 24 months

Lambs – 2 year olds

Butterflies – 3 year olds

Turtles – 4 year olds

Owls – Pre-Kindergarten to 5 year olds

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.

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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 on the tables outside each room.

Grade School Curriculum Guide

Kindergarten – 2nd grade will be learning from The Jesus Storybook Bible that paints a beautiful portrait of Jesus and invites children to see that He is not only at the center of God’s great story of redemption – but He is also at the center of their story too.

3rd – 5th grade will be reading from The Children’s Illustrated Bible to help explain the stories and set them in their historical and geographical context, together with color photographs and maps of places mentioned in the Bible. In addition, these upper elementary grades will be movin’ and shakin’ throughout the year, traveling through different learning spaces such as a Prayer Room, Outreach Project Room and Gameroom, but will stay consistent with 10:10 a.m. drop-off and 11 a.m. pick-up in each of the classrooms.

Payne Education Center Classroom Assignments

Kindergarten (and Bridge) – Room 206

1st Grade – Room 201

2nd Grade – Room 203

3rd Grade – Room 216

4th Grade – Room 215

5th Grade – Room 217

At any moment during our Sunday School classes, please feel free to pop in our fellowship room (210/212) and enjoy love, laughs and coffee with other parents! Look in the Children’s Ministry e-newsletter for details. Click here to join our e-newsletter!

There are special Sundays when Sunday school does not meet. Click on the calendar tab and look in the Children’s Ministry e-newsletter for these special dates. 

2017 Events Calendar

Sunday, June 11 – Sunday, August 20*
Summer on Safari Children’s Sunday School
* Except Sunday, July 2

Sunday, July 2 
No Sunday School in observance of Independence Day

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.

Summer Sundays

Sundays, June 11 – August 13 (except July 2)
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Infants – age 4
10:15 – 11 a.m., Ages 5 – 11
Founders’ Hall
Our preschool ministry (infants – age 4) begins the “Making a Joyful Noise” series each week in the summer months. Our littlest parishioners will learn about singing, playing and worshiping joyfully in a setting designed just for them. We’ll play instruments and make some of our own too.

Children ages 5 – 11 begin a “Summer on Safari” series featuring lessons where Jesus teaches us about not having an ordinary life, but instead, having adventures in a life with him. We incorporate Bible lessons, activities and time outside as weather permits at each of our Sunday gatherings.

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 5th – 6th grades are invited to serve at our Family Table Sunday worship service at 9:15 a.m. in the Old 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

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.