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  • Welcome to St. Thomas Episcopal Church!

    Our vision is of a community where lay people and clergy share in the ministry of Jesus Christ through worship and service.
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    Our vision is of a community where lay people and clergy share in the ministry of Jesus Christ through worship and service.
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  • Welcome to St. Thomas Episcopal Church!

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  • Welcome to St. Thomas Episcopal Church!

    Our vision is of a community where lay people and clergy share in the ministry of Jesus Christ through worship and service.
  • Welcome

    Our vision is of a community where lay people and clergy share in the ministry of Jesus Christ through worship and service.
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    Christian Education for Children & Youth

    Because Christian Education is a priority at St. Thomas, we have Sunday morning study opportunities for ALL age groups at 9:00am.  There are also opportunities for daytime and evening Bible studies and book studies for adults.

    Our heart-felt hope is that the St. Thomas community will be a place where we come to know the love of God in Christ Jesus, and that both as a spiritual community and as individual Christians, we might be Christ-like for each other and for the world outside our church walls.

    Nursery care is available for infants and toddlers up to age 3 during the 9:00am Sunday School hour and for the 10:00am Holy Eucharist church service.

    The Youth Christian Education classes meet in the Christian Education building, adjacent to the Parish Hall, at 9am by grade:
    Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
    1st-3rd grades
    4th-6th grades
    Teens

    Children’s Chapel is for Pre-K through 3rd grade children, we offer younger Youth simplified liturgy, filled with a stories, songs, crafts, and prayers for a portion of the 10am Eucharist Service. Children sit with their parents at the beginning of church, and join a Children’s Chapel leader during the homily and Intercessory Prayers for the People.  Children return at the Sharing of the Peace.

    Acolyte Training is scheduled periodically for new acolytes and “refresher” classes are also offered.  Call the church office (355-3110) for information about training dates.

    First Communion Classes for children who are reading.  These classes are for children who either are already receiving Communion but have not had the class; or for children who are preparing to receive their First Communion.   

    Youth Confirmation classes are offered yearly, concluding during a visit by Bishop Benhase at the 10:00am service.

    Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 28-August 1, 2013 from 5:15pm-7:30pm.  Youth starting kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome to participate, and Youth from 7th grade through high school are encouraged to volunteer as staff.  This year’s theme is Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stay Strong for God.  All friends of the St. Thomas Youth Ministry are welcome to participate!

    Children’s Christmas Pageant is scheduled for Sunday evening, December 15, 2013 at 5pm, with a family holiday reception immediately following.

    Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

    On Wednesday evenings, the EYC gathers to establish or nurture relationships by sharing supper prepared by various ministries at St. Thomas, games, and concludes with Evening Prayer lead by Youth. The Youth Program at St. Thomas draws teens and their friends from high schools and middle schools across the Savannah area. Our teens learn from building relationships with each other and how to live Christ-centered lives. We also participate in outreach and volunteer projects, such as volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and feeding the hungry in Tent City.

    JAMers (Jesus and Me) is the Youth 1st-6th grades.  We meet at least monthly and play organized games, go on field trips (such as Oatland Island, Monkey Joe’s, Frames & Games, etc.), and participate in outreach and social justice projects.

    Our children are valuable participants in the life of our parish and a very present resource, known TODAY and treasured for the FUTURE!

    Please let us know if you would like more information about our children’s education program by contacting Misty Graham at 355-3110.

     

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    “The ABC’s of Worship for Children”

    (reprinted with permission St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.)

    Arrive in time to use the restroom, get water, and find a good place to sit – a place where your child can really watch what is happening.  When possible, let children sit near the front or on the aisle so they can see.  Don’t feel you must resign yourself to the back pew!

    Bring quiet toys or books for young children and gradually increase the amount of time you ask them to pay attention.  We also have children’s bulletins and crayons in the narthex (entrance) of the church.

    Create some family rituals about going to church.  Spend some “playing church” at home, practicing periods of silence, singing the doxology, etc.  Consider using the Lord’s Prayer at home before meals or at bedtime.

    Decide on a family signal to let children know when to settle down.  Go over the service with your child or softly whisper hints about what happens next.  Children like to be ready, so help them mark pages.

    Express joy at having children here!  During the Peace, welcome any children near you.  Include them in conversation before or after the service and try to send an occasional smile their way.  Children might not remember every word of a service, but they’ll retain the experience of being a valued part of a faith community!

    Feel free to leave the service at any time if your child becomes restless, but also know you can come back in at any time.  Taking a break in the back of the church is often a good alternative to leaving the service completely.  Times that are particularly easy to move with a child might be during a hymn, during the Peace, or when we stand to say the Nicene Creed.

    Give  your child a chance to explore the church with you after the service is over.  Although there is a holy mystery surrounding the Altar, familiarity with physical setting may make your child more at east.  You can also ask your priest or deacon to give you a tour of the church!

    REMEMBER, some days you will find that bringing a young child to church may be a real test of your patience!  Many facets of parenting can be aggravating, but when something is important, we keep trying.  Of course we don’t want to be disruptive or hinder the worship service in any way, but we must also remind ourselves that children are an essential part of our church community.

    Children may have difficult moments during a service, but it is their birthright as Christians to worship in our church.  Remember in Baptism, we vow to “do all in our power to support these persons in their life in Christ.”  Being welcomed into the church and learning about liturgy helps establish lifelong habits that will help children develop a strong faith of their own.  AND, Fr. Richard and Deacon Geri LOVE the sounds of children out in the pews of this congregation!

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