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:

  • April 1
  • May 27
  • June 3
  • July 1
  • Easter Day
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Fourth of July weekend

Joy Story Vacation Bible School

You Have a Friend in Jesus

Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 8
9:30 a.m. – noon
, Preschool program, age 3 – pre-K (Children must be 3 as of 12/31/17 and potty-trained in order to participate.)
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Grade school program, K – 5th grade

Registration for all classes is now full and closed.

Cost per child
$30  Early registration January 22 – February 28
$40  Regular registration March 1 – April 30
$50  Late registration May 1 – June 1

As summer begins, join us for a fun-filled, action packed week of fellowship during our Joy Story: You Have a Friend in Jesus Vacation Bible School (VBS). The Children’s Ministry  team looks forward to VBS every year as we channel our inner child and start the summer months in the right way – learning more about God and having a blast. Join us all week as we look at best friends in the Bible, such as James and John, Mary and Martha, and more. We will learn about what being a good friend means, as well as find out more about our best friend of all – Jesus! Our verse for the week is Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times.”

Register early, especially in the youngest age groups since they fill up quickly and space is limited. The preschool program is now full and closed. Registration will be open through Sunday, April 15, or sooner when age groups fill up. Parent involvement is imperative to the success of Vacation Bible School. Parents are asked to think about how they can help and indicate their interests on the registration link.

Jesus loves us – to infinity and beyond!

Triumph Sports: After Vacation Bible School Sports Camp

Monday, June 4 – Thursday, June 7
12:30 – 4 p.m.
St. Martin’s Activity Center

This multi-sport camp for children ages 5 – 12 consists of fun games, such as dodge ball, kickball, capture the flag and other games revolving around classic sports like basketball, flag football and soccer. This is an after Vacation Bible School (VBS) program. Parents can drop their children off for VBS in the morning and when VBS is over, children are escorted to the sports camp where Triumph staff will have lunch with them before age-appropriate games at camp begin. Children must be 5 years old by June 1 to register.

Cost:  $100
Please pack a lunch, water and snacks for your child.

Maximum 60 children

Camp Allen Summer Camp

For Children Going into 3rd or 4th Grade

Sunday, July 29 – Saturday, August 4 (Session V)

Cost per child
$651 per week

St. Martin’s Children’s Ministry team will host a week of fun-filled activities at Camp Allen, one of the largest summer camp programs  in the Episcopal Church. Rising 3rd and 4th graders will get to refocus, relax and have a blast with fellow St. Martin’s kids while having  fun in a faith-based camp and continuing to learn about our Vacation Bible School theme of Joy Story: You Have a Friend in Jesus. Some of the latest and greatest camp activities will include blobbing, archery, horseback riding, chute slide, disc golf, arts and crafts,  field games and environmental education. Click the link below to register.

For more information, contact Holli Kight at 713-985-3816 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

2018 Activities

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


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

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.