St. Augustine's, from its very inception, has been a place that has valued children.
When we witness baptisms we promise "to do all in our power to support these persons in their life in Christ" (BCP, 303), and we mean it! We even enjoy it!
That's why on any given Sunday, you'll see children involved in the service, enjoying Sunday School, and interacting with adults who may or may not be related to them. You'll see a rocking chair in the back of the church for kids who need to be rocked rather than whisked out of the service. You'll find a complimentary Nursery staffed with trained personnel who know the kids and care about them. You'll find handouts for coloring that relate to that Sunday's scripture readings, and packets of "quiet toys" by the door as you enter church.
We also support children's faith formation through an active, scripture-based Sunday School program that meets from 9:15 am to 10:15 am during the "fall semester" (an Adult class runs simultaneously in Byrd Hall). This phase of the program concludes with the Children's Christmas Pageant as part of our Christmas Eve Mass at 6 pm.
Additionally, we sponsor multi-generational, all-parish events to begin the seasons of Advent and Lent. Details of these events can also be found on the calendar. Another popular activity for the children of the parish is the annual Vacation Bible School, usually held the first full week after Memorial Day. This half-day "camp" runs from Monday through Friday and teaches children Bible stories through storytelling, songs, plays, crafts, and incredibly creative snacks!
Other events that are particularly enjoyable for kids are the Annual Parish Picnic, the Pet Blessing, and Pumpkin Palooza. We also continue to support the children of the parish through a Youth Group Program for 6th-12th graders.
As with everything, some of these programs have been impacted by COVID restrictions, and things are changing all the time! Please feel free to contact us for further info.