Children and Youth Christian Education
This age group participates in a curriculum called “Godly Play.” They receive an educational experience that creates a sacred space and encourages students to be themselves, learn to live in community, come closer to the mystery of God’s presence, and learn the Christian language. They will be challenged to wonder deeper into the stories, parables and liturgical actions.
Grades 3-5: SPIES (St. Paul’s Ivy Explorers)
We are introducing a Lectionary-based curriculum published by the Episcopal Church for the children in these grade levels. The curriculum is designed to allow the students to explore Bible stories through thematic harmony with the Gospel of the day, in which readings from the Old Testament and the New Testament are chosen in relationship to the Gospel.
Grades 6-8: SPIMS (St. Paul’s Ivy Middle Schoolers)
We are integrating our Acolyte, Outreach, and Sunday School experiences, so middle school students can get more out of the central experiences of church: worship and service. We hope you will help us make this program successful by regularly bringing your middle school students to church. We’ll even have snacks for them! Our middle school students will meet in Neve Hall at 9:3oam.
Grades 9-12: SPISH (St. Paul’s Ivy Senior High)
Beginning in Fall 2019, the St. Paul’s, Ivy clergy will give special focus to the high school youth of our parish. Meeting in a newly renovated room just below Neve Hall, these teens will gather during the formation hour, 9:30-10:15, to talk about some of the great tenets of Christianity: who is Jesus and why does he matter? What does it mean to live a good life? In the first year of this two-part series, high schoolers will focus on learning about their place within the Christian worldview, and in the second year, Christian history and practice. We hope that by regularly participating in these sessions, youth can come away with a robust understanding of what it means to live a life faithful to Christ and to the church.
To read more about these classes, please click here to view a letter from our Rector, the Rev. Justin McIntosh, as he outlines the clergy goals of these new youth classes. Below are links to this two-year program.