What can children do at Saint Andrew's?
Video: Around 15 minutes before the main Sunday service, you can climb the narrow staircase to the bell tower to ring the Great Bell like these families have done.
Each Sunday morning from September to May (and a few times in the summer) from 9:45 to 10:45 all children aged four years through fifth grade are invited to join us for Godly Play.
Godly Play is based on the work of Jerome Berryman and is rooted in the Montessori tradition of education and child development. It is a method of telling Bible stories and presenting parables using beautiful, handcrafted materials. Over the years, many parents have remarked upon how much learning the stories and being in the Godly Play classroom with their children has meant to them. Whether you help out as a storyteller or as a doorperson, volunteering with Godly Play is a wonderful and gentle way to share in the nurturing and Christian formation of our children.
During each class, children gather to hear a story and then reflect on that story though self-selected work. At the end of each class, we gather together for a communal feast (snack), and then go as a group to ring the Great Bell in Saint Andrew’s tower. Godly Play is assisted each week by parents, youth, and other Saint Andrew’s parishioners. As one Godly Play Director describes, “It is a gentle way to encourage children to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering questions and open-ended response-time.”
Choristers spend their time in Voice For Life lessons with Matt Derby in the Choir Room, a large rehearsal area with a piano. They warm up their voices with scales and exercises and learn new music, occasionally using books and worksheets. Troubadours are led by Beth Littleton in about 20 minutes of music, movement, a story, vocal exercises and games. Then Troubadours are given 15 minutes of free music play time to explore the stories or music they just heard.