At St. Augustine's, our hope is to create a sacred space which deepens the child's sense of love, joy, and wonder about God. Children are invited to attend our weekly worship services and children's church, as well as participate in our children's choir, Sunday School hour (Labor day through Mid-May) and Vacation Bible School (2nd full week of June).
If you and your child are new to St. A's, please email Susan Ferguson at email@example.com
9:30am Children's Nursery and Church
A Nursery is available for infants age birth to 3 years old during the 9:30AM Sunday service at Benton Chapel. Sarah Yandell manages the nursery. Look for her in room G28 on the first floor of the Divinity School before heading upstairs to Benton Chapel. All workers have completed the "Safeguarding God's Children" training required by the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee. Click here to open a document summarizing the safeguarding guidelines at St. Augustine's Chapel.
Children ages 3 to 9 years old are invited to attend Children's Church. After the reading of the gospel, the children process to the church narthex (front door area) where they will meet Susan Ferguson, who leads them downstairs for a special child-friendly worship service. Snacks are provided. The children return to their parents during the Offertory. Parents are asked to volunteer once a quarter to assist with Children's Church, please email Susan Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org about volunteering.
Children's Choir is for 1st-6th graders. We meet during the 9:30AM service at Benton between the Gospel and the Eucharist. No experience required, just come have fun and sing! For more information, email Hannah Meyers at email@example.com.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Ages 3 to 12 years old)
St. Augustine's uses Catachesis of the Good Shepherd during the 11AM Sunday School hour at the A-Frame. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd offers a hands-on learning experience in classrooms called Atriums. Begun by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew scholar, and her co-worker, Gianna Gobbi, the curriculum uses the Montessori method while being rooted in the Bible and liturgy of the church. To learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, click here.
If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, please email Susan Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to see a road map for Children's & Youth Education for the next several years.
LITURGY OF LIGHT Service
The Liturgy of Light follows the liturgical structure of the Great Vigil of Easter and helps initiate the children into the rich Easter Liturgy of the Church. The last Sunday of our Sunday School series, the children fill many of the lay leadership roles; reading the lesson, prayers of the people, provide music, etc. During communion, every child receives a small votive candle lit from the Paschal candle, which symbolizes the risen Christ, and we will walk forward in darkness to follow its light. We hope you and your child will be able to join us!
Vacation Bible School (VBS) / Creation Care Camp
Children ages 4-12 are invited to join us the 2nd full week of June from 9:00 a.m. - noon at Edwin Warner Park. Using a curriculum from A Rocha we meet each day to learn how all of the animals, plants and world are a gift from God and have been designed to benefit each other and us.
For information about any of the children’s programs, email Susan Ferguson at email@example.com.
St. Augustine's Ministry, Staff, Volunteers, and Advisory Board members all undergo "Safeguarding God's Children" training. Click here to open a document summarizing the safeguarding guidelines at St. Augustine's Chapel.