Children at Saint Anne's
Children are part of Saint Anne's
Saint Anne's celebrates children in our midst. We believe that children are an essential part of the Christian community, and we look for ways to include them fully in every aspect of the church's life. When a child is baptized, we promise do "do all in our power to support this person in his/her life in Christ" - and we seek to do that by ministering TO the child, WITH the child, and advocating FOR the child (as outlined in the Children's Charter for the Church.) Below is a sampling of events and groups for children. Details about planned events and meetings can be found in the weekly announcements (on the home page) and on the Saint Anne's Calendar.
The Nursery is available for children five and younger during the education hour and the 10:30 service on Sundays. It's staffed with a caregiver and volunteers.
Sunday Club is Saint Anne's version of Sunday school for children age 3 to 14. See the Sunday Club page.
Middle School and High School students have movie nights, bowling, and other activities. See the Youth & Children Blog for the latest.
Confirmation Class is a unique two-year program of study and preparation for students in 9th and 10th grades, and for older students who have not yet been confirmed. See the Confirmation page.
Teens Encounter Christ is a weekend of learning about God and ourselves, making life-long friends, and having an unforgettable experience held in the spring and fall at St. John's Episcopal Church in St. Paul. The program is teen-led, for teens.
Summer Stretch is a week-long camp, usually held the first week of August. Summer Stretch Junior is for children age 4 through 5th grade. Summer Stretch is for grade 5 through senior high.
Safe ChurchSince 1995, the Episcopal Church in Minnesota has taken a proactive stance in the prevention of child sexual abuse and sexual harassment, by instituting mandatory Safe Church training for all ordained clergy, all lay employees and leaders, and all who work in churches with children, youth, and vulnerable adults – whether paid or volunteer. Safe Church is about our covenant relationships, with God and with one another. It is about providing a healthy, safe environment for all of God’s children. Safe Church implies a faith community that takes seriously its promise to do all in our power to support one another in our life in Christ. It is about all of us being aware of potentially compromising situations, daring to address them in healthy ways before they become problems, and living together in ways that prevent abuse from happening.
All teachers and helpers in Saint Anne’s children’s ministries are Safe Church trained.