All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children!
Church of the Advent offers many opportunities for families with children to worship and learn together. Our Family Focused Simple Service at 8:45 am, Children's Chapel during the 10:15 am Service, Formation Classes, and St. Mary's Nursery are all programs that make sharing Christian life with your children easy to do. Formation classes run from 9:15-10:05 a.m. This allows parents and guardians to participate in Adult Formation forums, Scripture discussion sessions, or Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall.
But formation classes are just the beginning of our programs for young ones. The Acolyte Program and Youth Choir offer children the chance to learn about participation and service while having fun. And most all of our parish events include a component that focuses on the kids and their growth in Christ!
Church Services- What we offer our families
Family Focused Simple Service
We have a what we term a "Simple Service" every Sunday at 8:45 am. It is 30 minutes long, and includes less readings, simpler and shorter musical selections, and a chance for exposure to the elements of a full service. Our Parishioners found that this service is ideal both for young children with short attention spans and for families who have sports commitments on a Sunday, but still wish to attend a service.
10:15 am Festival Service With Music
What we term our Festival Service is officially known as Eucharistic Rite II in the Episcopal Church. It has all readings (Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament, Gospel) and a full Choir (during the school year). We offer a "Word for the Children" during this service, so children can go right up to the alter and Clergy will explain the readings to them. We offer two additional child-friendly options during this time: St. Mary's Nursery and Children's Chapel. (please see descriptions below)
Our Child Care and Church options for our Youngest parishioners
St. Mary's Nursery
Infants and children as old as 3-years are welcome in our St. Mary's Nursery. Mrs. Irma Vasquez provides a loving and caring environment for our tiniest lambs. Pagers are provided for your peace of mind. Simply sign-in with your full name and that of your child. The nursery is open 8:30am-11:00am each Sunday so that parents may partake in sermon discussion, Fellowship hour, and 10:00 am Eucharist, too.
Children of all ages are invited to attend Children’s Chapel So while you're attending the first part of the 10:15 am services, your child can be with other young ones beginning to learn about the gospel and liturgy in this child-friendly introduction to worship. This is not baby-sitting or child care so please, no toys.
Sunday School for all children
Our Sunday School time occurs from 9:15-10:05. This is in-between the Simple Family Service and our 10:15 Am service. Parents are welcome to participate in Adult Formation forums, Scripture discussion sessions, or Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall while their children are in Sunday School. We also welcome new volunteers to teach our Sunday School. Please contact our Church office (610) 444-4624 for details.
We ask all families who wish their children to attend Sunday School register. This allows us to be aware of all needs children have and to ensure we plan enough materials for all children. Registration is online and will be available beginning in mid-August. We will post details on both this website and on Facebook. Thank you!
Angels- Pre K-2nd Grade
Angels includes children ages 3-8 years, preschool through second grade . We use the Godly Play Curriculum for this age group. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, and to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. After they have completed the lesson, the children say grace before receiving their snack and being picked up by a parent.
The goal for the elementary levels is for the children to become familiar with the major Bible stories that teach them about God's works and Jesus' love for them. We use the Living the Good News Curriculum. Living the Good News is an online supported, lectionary-based, fully-graded Christian education curriculum with interactive and arts components. We also work to teach children the major prayers and practices of the Episcopal faith.
6th Grade and Above
Please view our Youth Formation page under the Education Link above to see our offerings for Youth in Middle and High School.
Children and youth Choir
We offer a wonderful Children and Youth Choir program at Advent!
Children of all ages are welcome!
We try to perform around one time per month at the 10 am Service!
We generally meet on Tuesdays for about an hour or so!
Please check our Facebook page and Calendar for more information!
Show Your Thankfulness for Your Children- Add Their Names to a Bench
Our Children’s Chapel has a new addition: 15 specially designed handcrafted benches are now competed. Show your love and thankfulness for your children and/or grandchildren by ordering a name plate with your family name and your children’s names that will be attached to a bench.
Please click here to compete the form, and print out. The donation is $50.00 per name plate. Your family can be a part of this wonderful addition.
Make checks out to The Church of the Advent/CC Benches. Drop in Offering plate or drop off at the office.