Children are very welcome at St. Chrysostom’s church! We are guided by Jesus’ invitation to children “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15) 

Adults have much to learn about God from children. Little ones often express a openness to God and a sense of wonder that adults struggle to regain. So not only do we hope to serve children, but we need them to teach us adults. There are many ways we bring children into the life of our parish. Some events are yearlong like joining a Sunday School class, and others are seasonal events, special formation programs, or just the chance to play together in our great gym. We hope you find a place for your family. Please contact Director of Children’s Ministries Will Bouvel to talk more about what programs might be right for you.


Children’s Chapel

  • During 9am Sunday worship all year long
  • All children are invited to follow the banner to chapel before the sermon

Free Play in the Gym

  • 10 am Sundays with all the children of the parish all year long

Sunday School for ages 3-12 (Learn more here)

  • Meets at 10:10 in the undercroft classrooms and includes a snack     
  • Led by fantastic teachers who are Keeping God’s Children Safe trained     
  • Classes meet from September to May (Check current schedule here)     
  • Registration is not required but is encouraged (Register here)     
  • Drop in any Sunday! Just come to the gym after the 9:00 service to find your class

Special Children’s Formation Programs      

  • First Solemn Communion: Classes April 13th, May 4th, Culminates Sunday May 5th (9am)     
  • Vacation Bible School, August 5-9th, 2019 (9am-12pm)     
  • Adult and teen volunteers are welcome and needed for these large outreach ministries!     
  • Email to sign up for these special programs

Children’s Choir (Learn more here)   

  • Thursday afternoon rehearsals at 4:15   
  • Occasional Sunday morning performances    
  • Email to learn more

Children’s Worship leadership needed!      

  • Children lead us in worship regularly at our 9:00 Sunday service      
  • They can serve as acolytes, ushers, readers, cantors, or musicians     
  • Email to sign up your child

Parents Night Out Dinners (Register here)     

  • October 19th, December 14th      
  • Drop the kids off in the gym and meet other parents in the parish over a simple dinner     
  • Childcare provided

Beach Sundays

  • Occasional trips to the lakefront beaches throughout the summer

Children and Family Events Schedule 2018-19

Throughout the year, we gather for formative events which provide a holistic approach to the spiritual growth and engagement of our young people.

>Blessing of the backpacks, Sunday September 16th (9am)

>Sunday school registration and kick off, Sunday September 16th (10am)

>St. Francis Day Pet Blessing, Sunday October 7th (afternoon)

>Harvest Festival, Saturday October 13th (evening)

>Trick or Treat, Wednesday October 31st (meet at church at 4:30 to travel as a group)

>Advent Wreath workshop, Sunday December 2nd (10am)

>Carols by Candlelight and gingerbread houses, Friday December 7th (5pm)

>Christmas Pageant, Sunday December 16th (9am)

>Caroling with the Carillon, Sunday December 16th (3pm)

>Christmas Eve Family Service, Monday December 24th (4pm)

>King Day of Service, Monday January 21st (all day)

>Children and Family Pizza lunch and trip to Trampoline Park March 3rd  (11am-3pm)

>Pancake Palooza Mardi Gras dinner, Tuesday March 5th (evening)

>Palm Sunday Procession with Donkey, Sunday April 14th (10am)

>Maundy Thursday foot washing (7pm), Thursday April 18th

 >Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday April 21st (10am)

>Youth Sunday, Sunday May 12th (9am)

>Family Retreat, June 1-2nd 2019 - White Pines State Park (Book by January 2019)