Children and Youth
Church school is held during our Sunday morning 10 am service, except during the summer months.
Children attend in church at the beginning of the service and leave just prior to the first reading. All children return to the sanctuary in time to take communion with their families. All children, including those visiting St. James, are welcome to join one of the classes.
Children up to the age of 9 attend Godly Play in the Anna Wilson Room. Each session has five parts: being welcomed and settled into the circle; offering a story presentation and wondering about it; leaving the circle to make an art response; returning to the circle for a snack and prayers; and then going out from the room with affirmation. The educational method came from Maria Montessori. Her method was combined with the ancient tradition of lectio divina (divine reading), which involves using one's senses, reason, and contemplative silence to dwell in scripture. Children learn through experience and inquiry.
Children ages 10 and up are invited to join the FBI (Fellowship of Bible Investigators). We use a program called Formations, which includes electronic video links to enhance fun and learning. This group also meets once a month with Rev. Kenneth Davis to plan a group presentation to be performed at the Intergenerational Service.
Junior Choristers, ages 7 to 12, practice Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The younger choristers now have their own time to shine on their own! They continue to develop their singing skills through duets, solos, and group singing, as well as their skills in sight reading, musical pitch and rhythm. Most importantly, they will experience the joy of praising God together in song.
Youth Choristers, ages 13 and up, practice Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 7:15 pm. We have a fine group of very musically talented choristers who are more than ready for some new and greater challenges. Continued training in pitch and rhythm reading, 2, 3 and 4 part singing keep their skills growing! New music written specifically for this age group will be introduced. Solos, duets, and dramatic presentations are planned, as well as opportunities to sing challenging works with the Adult choir.
Newcomers are always welcome to join a choir. Contact Val Leavitt or the office if your child is interested.
From 6 to 8 pm every Friday night from November to March, St. James's Good Shepherd Hall is transformed into a skate park. All are invited to join in the Fun, Friends, and Faith!
Please contact the Church Office at 613-267-1163 if you have any questions or require additional information about any of these programs.