Children and Youth Programs
Church School and Youth Programs are now underway!
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Children and Youth Programs
Our awesome Church School for children and youth from Pre-K through Twelfth Grade is now in session. Church School meets on Sunday mornings from 10:10 am to 11:00 am. Our program builds on, and invites a response to, the primary Biblical and theological theme: “God loves us – no matter what!” If we believe “God loves us – no matter what!” (and yes, that is a promise from God that we can rely on), then our natural, God-given response becomes a life-long journey of exploration to learn and experience more and more over time how to: love God, love our self, love our neighbor (beside us and beyond us), and even love our Church (the gathering together of God’s people as the diverse but united Body of Christ). And, isn’t this the life of faith that we want all of our children and youth to know?
All members of our Church School staff are committed to helping our children and youth grow in their relationships with each other, neighbors, self, and God in a Christian atmosphere of love, acceptance, and welcome. The curricula we use are Scripturally-based and consistent with Episcopal theological principles and spiritual practices. And, they reflect a toolbox approach (i.e., DVDs, digital downloads, printed leader guides and learner packs) for greater flexibility.
Children from Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade are invited to participate in one of our two Children’s Choirs.
One choir is for children in Pre-Kindergarten through First Grade; they rehearse on Sunday mornings from 11:00 am to 11:20 am, on the Lower Level of Rittenhouse.
The Second choir is for children in Second through Fifth Grades; they rehearse on Sunday mornings from 11:20 am to 12 noon, on the Second Level of Parish House.
To learn more, contact the Church Office.
JAM/Joy and Music
If your child is in Sixth through Twelfth Grade and likes singing and/or playing music, our Joy and Music (JAM) program is for them! JAM offers contemporary music at our 9:00 am worship once each month, and rehearses on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the worship space. We are always looking for creative new members who like to sing or play instruments–or both! Want to find out more? Contact Ara Bagdasarian at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 973-2480.
Want to learn more? Contact the Church Office.
Middle School and Senior High Youth Groups
Our Middle School and Senior High Youth Groups meet regularly for fun, fellowship, Bible study, and service.
Middle School Youth Group (MSYG) explores how our relationship with God, self and one another shapes our decisions, friendships, and encounters at school, home and the community. Gathering feature games, lessons, and various activities. MSYG meets monthly on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for fellowship, service projects, and fun. To learn more contact Michelle Jones at email@example.com or (703) 626-4888, or Sarah Kilbey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 994-5512.
Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) builds connections and fosters Christian leadership through youth-led activities emphasizing fellowship, faith, and service. An inclusive environment provides a safe place for teens to ask questions and seek God in their daily lives. SHYG meets on the first Sunday of the month in the Janney Parlor for the “Senior High Forum” which deals with current issues relevant to high school students. We also meet for fellowship, outings, and outreach on the third weekend of the month. Times vary for those events. To learn more, contact Carolyn Briles at email@example.com or (703) 775-7599, Katie Aber at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 822-3362, or Ken Moulton at email@example.com or (703) 675-4506
For more information, contact the Church Office.
Check out the Youth Calendar for the up-to-date schedule!
Download the PYM Registration Packet Here:
Teen Bible Study Groups
The Episcopal Church takes reading the Bible very seriously. Approximately 70% of The Book of Common Prayer comes directly from the Bible, and Episcopalians read more Holy Scripture in Sunday worship than almost any other denomination in Christianity.
In addition, we can engage with the Scriptures in a deeper and more intentional way in small groups. Those groups offer the opportunity to study the Bible in an intimate and safe setting, exploring ways in which we can apply Scripture to the joys and challenges of our daily lives.
Two groups of Senior High Girls of mixed ages and grades meet weekly for Bible study. One group meets on Friday mornings before school- Contact Denny Farrington at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (917) 434-3493. Another group meets on Thursday mornings before school- Contact Rebecca Alliss at email@example.com or (703) 862-1510.
Senior High Boys Bible Study meets every Friday morning at 7:30 am in the Youth Room – Contact David Downer at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (202) 285-1996.
For more information on Senior High Bible study, please contact the Church Office.
St. James’ Preschool
For over fifty years St. James’ Church has offered a Preschool for children within our parish and the wider community. Our Preschool provides a holistic program for children ages 2 through 5 years of age, designed to enable each child to be involved in a creative learning experience in a Christian atmosphere of love and acceptance. We give every child the opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, and spiritually, experiencing growth, fun and learning – about themselves and God’s world.
We seek to cultivate self-expression, improve language skills, teach respect for the rights and property of others, improve large and small muscle coordination, explore new art and science media, and develop music and listening appreciation.