Children and Youth

Christian Education for Children and Youth

Children and Youth Christian Formation Calendar 2018-2019

St. Thomas joyfully celebrates children, welcoming all families to our open and affirming congregation. Through our Christian education programs at St. Thomas we rejoice in the diversity of God’s creation: our church, kids, teachers, parents and babysitters, reflect a wide array of ages, economic, religious, cultural, ethnic, racial backgrounds, abilities and family structures–all gathered to explore our faith in a safe, fun, creative and friendly environment. All of our regular programs are free of charge, and scholarships are available as needed for special activities and trips.

At St. Thomas, children of all ages are always welcome in worship and encouraged to actively participate in all aspects of church life from acolyting, to community service, to teaching Sunday School. There’s also time for fellowship to encourage our kids to develop meaningful relationships with their peers and grown-up members of the congregation. St. Thomas strives to be a special place for our children, to provide our young members with a lifelong spiritual foundation–a place where seekers, searchers and doubters of all ages are welcome and encouraged in their faith.  Our central goal is to help our children understand for themselves what it means to follow Jesus.

To serve our children, youth and families, St. Thomas offers a number of age-appropriate programs for toddlers, elementary school students, teenagers and young adults which include: Second Sundays–Kids in Church, Nursery,  Godly Play for Pre-K through grade 2, Sunday School for grades 3-4-5, Junior Youth Group (middle school grades), Senior Youth, Confirmation, Children’s Choir, and special activities.  Sunday classes and nursery begin at 9:45 am.

Check out our calendar for children, youth and families here.

St. Thomas, and the Episcopal Church, take seriously our responsibilities to love and protect children.  To this end, St. Thomas regularly hosts, for all its clergy, staff, babysitters and Sunday School teachers and youth leaders, the Episcopal Church’s Safeguarding God’s Children program, a workshop designed to protect children and youth from abuse.

From baptisms, to backpack blessings, to graduation send-offs, St. Thomas seeks to meet the spiritual needs of our children, to help them grow, as they grow up, in Christ each day.   Please join us!

Questions? Contact our Director of Children’s Christian Education, Kate Beeby, katebeeby@optonline.net.

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Links

DioceseThe Episcopal Diocese of New York

The home page for the Episcopal Diocese of New York, a diocese with around 200 congregations encompassing Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island in New York City, and the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. This page offers news, background information and many resources.


The Episcopal Church

The home page for the Episcopal Church; includes information and resources available from the Episcopal Church Center, 815 Second Avenue, NYC; from the Presiding Bishop’s Office; and from the National Convention of the Episcopal Church.


Episcopal New Yorker

The bimonthly newspaper of the Diocese of New York.  Read it to find out what’s going on in the diocese, with a list of concerts, special worship services and more.


Episcopal JournalEpiscopal Journal

The mission statement of Episcopal Journal is to inform, involve and inspire Episcopalians in their daily life by sharing the good news of our church’s life and its ministry. The publication strives to report accurately and fairly, without bias or prejudice, activities within the national church and the Anglican Communion. It offers stories that both support and encourage the activities of Episcopalians in their neighborhoods, their diocese, their country and the world — stories that illuminate the faith and tradition that bind us together.


The Society of Saint John the Evangelist

A community of men giving their whole selves over to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rooted in the ancient monastic traditions of prayer and community life, and critically engaged with contemporary culture, they seek to know and share an authentic experience of God’s love and mercy. On their website they offer daily devotionals.


d365.org A daily online devotional series that was created and is produced by  Passport, Inc.  Passport is a student ministry organization focused on creating meaningful experiences and resources for students.