Sunday Mornings at St. Stephen’s (September through May)
Community Gathering at 9:30 AM
Children, parents, teachers, and clergy gather in the Auditorium (2nd floor) for a quiet gathering activity such as learning a song, offering prayers, or telling a story.
In Our Learning Spaces – 9:45 to 10:30 AM
Children pre-K – 6th Grade
St. Stephen’s uses an age-appropriate, lectionary-based curriculum to explore the rhythms of the church year.
Learning spaces are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Parish House, easily accessed through the Allen Street Entrance.
Procession into the Church at 10:30 AM
At approximately 10:30 am, ALL children gather in the Guild Room and enter the sanctuary, often singing a song they’ve learned together.The procession of children and youth is lead by our acolytes and crucifer to the steps in front of the altar.
Children are invited to attend the entire 10:00 AM service on All-In-Church Sundays. Church School will not be in session on these Sundays.
Infants and Toddlers up to 36 months of age
Our bright and spacious nursery facility is available every Sunday from 9:00 am through the end of the 10:00 am service and is located in the lower level of the Parish House. Parents rotate as hosts to assist our skilled caregivers. Please consider signing up to share in the rotation. Lower Level, next to Dining Room
Baptism is the sacrament of Christian initiation and welcome. It is available to any infant, child, or adult. Please speak with our clergy to assist you in making this holy decision. Baptism occurs throughout the year (except in Lent) in the context of a worship service.
At St. Stephen’s, children of any age may receive communion. Each year during Lent, St. Stephen’s offers a four-session course for children of second grade and above and their parents, to help them to understand more fully the meaning of the Holy Eucharist.
Safe Chuch Standards
St. Stephen’s is a safe church trained parish…
The Parish complies with the standards set by the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts for clergy, employees, and any volunteer who works with our children and youth. Among those standards: each person working with children or young people has completed a CORI background check and has participated in a Diocesan-sponsored Safe Church Training.