During the academic year, Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs to 10:15 a.m. For grades K-6, the children learn about the stories of the Bible in a variety of ways: drama, music, video clips, food, games, crafts and story-telling. Sometimes the children will learn short skits of Bible stories that they then will perform during coffee hour after church. This Fall, we will be using “13 Very Awesome Promises and How God Always Keeps Them” by Standard Publishing.
God’s Kids (Children’s Chapel)
Children come to church with their families but shortly after the beginning of the service, an altar boy will lead them
out to go to God’s Kids (a special chapel for kids aged 5 years through fifth grade). God’s Kids chapel uses puppets, music, videos, prayer, drama and story-telling for an age-appropriate worship emphasizing the Bible story for that day. At the end, children rejoin their families in regular church in time for communion. This autumn we will be using “All in One Bible Fun” by Abdingdon Press. Please speak to Jessica Fischer, our Christian Education Director if you have any questions
Older youth participate in regular worship as acolytes/altar boys and girls, as readers for the passages of Scripture, as leaders of the Psalms, as musicians. On occasion, at special youth services, some youth even may give a talk about their faith. The YOUTH MINISTRY takes place in a series of special events. In 2017, there is planned a special event with the visit of the Presiding Bishop (Feb. 4), Pizza party with the acolytes, taking a meal to the homeless at Shepherd’s Heart, a pool party with the acolytes as well as other activities. Look on the long range calendar of the parish or speak to the priests for more information. Teenagers from 7th grade through 12th grade are welcome, whether they are members of St. Thomas or not. Come check us out!
The Pittsburgh Youth Initiative, of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, has special events every month. Soon we will post an updated list of monthly activities. All are invited.