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The goal of Christian Education is to provide our children with a Christian Foundation upon which to build their lives.

Each scheduled Sunday, your K thru 8th grade child will learn about the Christian Faith and participate in fun and educational activities.

At St. James Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m.  Children go directly to their classrooms, younger ones escorted by parents.  Children K – 8 will join the congregation in the church at Peace and remain through the end of the service.  There are no classes scheduled during major holidays and MA school vacations. All of our educators are certified in the Episcopal Church’s Safe church training and Godly Play Core training.

Child Care

Child care is provided by a professional staff to care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers from 9:45 a.m. until immediately following the end of service. Creative toys, bible stories and snack are provided.  Parents are welcome to sign their children in and pick up a pager to take with them into worship services. The pager allows our caregivers the opportunity to summon parents, if necessary.

Kindergarten thru 4th Grade

Godly Play, a Montessori-related approach to learning, uses Bible stories, parables, and liturgical lessons to nourish each child’s individual spiritual development.  The program consists of story-telling, wondering, and response time. Story-tellers use hand crafted props to illustrate the sacred stories and children may use them in their story response time.  You can learn more about Godly Play by access their website at http://www.godlyplay.org

Grades 5 & 6

This class also uses the Godly Play core curriculum adding enhancements to meet the needs of older children who have developed a base of knowledge through the program, and can use more advanced reasoning skills and Christian language.  Students in these grades will be in class twice a month.

Grades 7 & 8

This class explores how the Bible can bring meaning to their lives today, using a student Bible that offers information in several formats including traditional scripture, visual aids, questions and commentary.  Students in these grades will be in class twice a month.

Grade 9 and up Rite of Confirmation

Now is the time to prepare for Confirmation in the Episcopal Church. This class prepares student through Episcopalian formation as they engage in their own faith journey using the text: My Faith, My Life – A Teen’s Guide to the Episcopal Church by Jennifer Gamber.  You can access the Leader Guide at http://www.churchpublishing.org/myfaithmylife.

Youth Group

For activities, our teens excel! From ‘Dinner & a Movie’ to traveling to the Barbara C. Harris Camp for a retreat or working to clean up the banks of the Merrimack River, this is the ‘go to’ group for the pulse of the parish! Environmentally aware, believers in God’s love and mercy for all, always ready to move with the needs of others and to help feed the hungry.

Sunday Worship Opportunities for Children and Youth

Students starting in 5th grade are a welcome addition to Sunday morning worship as readers, torch bearers and acolytes.  Training is provided for all students who are interested.

The goal of Christian Education is to provide our children with a Christian Foundation upon which to build their lives.

All of our educators are certified in the Episcopal Church’s Safe Church training.