Our youth are not merely the "future of the Church." They are the Church today, and they will be Christ's eyes, ears, and hands in the coming years. We foster programs that will challenge them to consider the Christian life seriously, test their faith, and provide them with the fun and support of a Christian fellowship.
St. Timothy's is pursuing a grant to bring Godly Play to our parish. The matching grant will allow us to support Godly Play leaders and participants (our kids from about age 3 to 6) with training and refreshed spaces for experiencing God through stories, questioning, and "work." What is Godly Play? Godly Play is a unique, Montessori-inspired curriculum designed by an Episcopal Priest that is based on the knowledge that all children feel the presence of God but lack the language to identify, explore, and express their experience.
Through storytelling and the encouragement of wondering, St. Timothy's children will learn about old and new testament stories and church traditions in a way that encourages them to have their own unique experiences of God while also having a shared experience in the community of other children and developing the ability to know and share the stories and traditions of the church with others.
The Godly Play classroom is a child-centric space and the stories are meant to be told in that environment with small props that capture the imagination. Children listen and watch, wonder about the store, and do "work" to communicate with God through are, storytelling, and imaginative play.
We'll be bringing one of the stories a bit out of context and into the sanctuary for Children and Youth Sunday on June 1st so that everyone in the congregation can get an idea of what is ahead.
We hope you'll consider being involved in the transition - we'll need trained Godly Play storytellers/doorkeeper, of course, but will also be looking for one-time help from the congregation's woodworkers. crafters, and second-hand store enthusiasts as we put together a Godly Play classroom.
Sunday Pre-K Sunday School
THE YOUTH GROUP:
The Youth Group of St. Timothy's Church consists primarily of high school age teens. They meet in the Youth room on Sundays following the 9:00 A.M. Service and plan a variety of programs and activities throughout the year. This program is currently on hold because we have no high school age teens.
DIOCESAN YOUTH MINISTRY:
WAYCROSS CAMP & CONFERENCE CENTER: