Children & Families

All of God's children are welcome.

       

 

Francis is a family-friendly church where all of God's children are welcome. Holy Eucharist is the primary gathering of the faith community, and we look forward to Sunday mornings as a time for intergenerational worship. It is with a great sense of joy and delight that we invite your whole family to worship with us.

Our programs for children "at a glance."

Here is an overview of the current church programs for children:

Each Sunday:

  • Acolytes
  • Childcare
  • "Godly Play" Sunday School

Seasonally:

  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Nativity Pageant
  • Children's Choir
 

Details about our children's programs.

  • Acolytes.  Two children are torch bearers for the procession and recession. Children aged five and up can be Acolytes.
  • Childcare.  Since July of 2017, we have been offering childcare for our youngest parishioners aged 1 - 4 each Sunday from 9:30 – 11:30AM.  We have either one volunteer and one paid employee or two paid employees to provide childcare.
  • Godly Play.  We enjoy the Godly Play lessons as a way of sharing the liturgy with our children in an age-appropriate way and of planting the seeds for future faith formation.  The volunteer leaders from the congregation have also shared that the Godly Play method has deepened their understanding and appreciation of the bible stories in ways they did not anticipate.  Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language - parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action - helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.
  • Children’s Choir.  The Music Director leads children’s choir performances on Christmas, Easter, and other special occasions.
  • Family “Get Togethers.”  There is an irregular cadence of seasonal gatherings (ice cream socials, BBQ’s, other get togethers).  
  • Easter Egg Hunt.  Each Easter Sunday, we have an Easter Egg Hunt for young children in the area to the West of Block Hall. 
  • Nativity Pageant. Since 2015, we have had a Christmas Eve service where the children, families, and other parishioners act out the classic story of Jesus’ birth. 

Introducing our “Sunday School Team”

If you joined the St. Francis community in the past 5 years, you have witnessed a major change in our children’s ministry. Five plus years ago, our “children’s program” consisted of patting pregnant bellies and being patient with the sounds and messes in the back pews. A couple of years later, and we had a fledgling Godly Play program taught by tired parents and saintly volunteers. And now, thanks to the generosity of time, talent, and treasure of our congregation and childcare staff, we have a robust, well-attended program where children of all ages explore the wonder of the bible through stories and art projects. We hope you’ll take the time to meet these incredibly gentle and gifted teachers.

We offer Child Care, which includes Toddler Time for the young ones and Godly Play for the older ones every Sunday.  To get on the Godly Play and Child Care newsletter, contact Will Taylor (willeverywhere@hotmail.com) or our Administrator, Kristine Fretz (admin@stfrancisnovato.org)

Jeannie Mathews has worked in early childhood education for over 40 years and owned a successful childcare facility in Oregon part of that time. She also owned Artskool, a teaching art program for children and loves putting bible-based art projects together.

She was born into the Episcopal church, a "cradle Episcopalian" as they say. She is very excited to help rebuild the children's program at St. Francis so that new young families will feel welcome and included.

 

 

Hi I’m Jenny Copeland, I’ve been working in the field of early care and education for more than 30 years. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the Sunday School and work with the children at St Francis. I so enjoy watching children learn and grow. I believe children can teach us more than we can teach them!

 

Hello, My name is Elena Wagner. I am a College of Marin student. I am currently taking ECE (Early Childhood Education) classes. Now, I am working at a pre-school part time while going to school as a teachers assistant. I work with 3, 4 and 5 year olds. I love working with kids. I am working towards getting my certification so I can be a certified teacher.

 

The reason I love working with kids is that they always make me smile. They look at the world so differently. I love how kids are so unique in their own way. I have been working with kids for 5 years now. I have babysat, taught preschool classes, helped with summer camp at another church, I participated in an internship over the summer of 2017 at Kaiser Permanente as a Medical Assistant in the Pediatric Department and many more!

 

 

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