Children's Christian Formation
St. Francis Nursery
The nursery at St. Francis Episcopal Church welcomes babies and children up to five years of age. Supervised care is available each Sunday morning during services from 8:45 to 12:15 (9:45 to 11:15 during the summer). Parents may bring their children in during all or part of the church service, and younger children may remain in the nursery while Sunday School is in session. (Sunday School classes are open to children ages three and up.) The nursery suite is located on the main level of the church.
Our nursery staff and volunteers are trained in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Child Sexual Misconduct, a detailed program provided by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. In addition to our regular staff, we welcome and encourage parent volunteers to assist in the nursery. Please contact our parish administrator and director of Christian Education, Lynn Fallon, to learn more about this training program, which is available both in-person and online. For more information on the diocesan training, visit the diocese information page here.
Sunday School at St. Francis is offered for children ages three through high school, from September through May. Our Sunday School is staffed by a minimum of two volunteer teachers per class, under the supervision of Lynn Fallon, our director of Christian Education.
Younger children experience the Godly Play teaching method of storytelling, and elementary school age children are taught using Cokesbury's Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.
As part of our 9:00 Sunday morning service from September through May, we offer Children's Chapel in Millen Hall. Children begin the service with their parents in the sanctuary. During the Sequence hymn, children through third grade are invited to follow the Cross and gather in Millen Hall for a brief chapel service featuring a special story, music, and prayers. When we "Pass the Peace" (and before the Holy Communion), children return to their families in the sanctuary.
Your child may not feel comfortable leaving you for this brief service, and it is fine for any child to remain in the sanctuary during this time. You may also prefer to join your child in Children's Chapel.
Almighty God, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children.
Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up,
that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good,
following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.