Children's Programs

The EPISCOPAL CHURCH of ST. JAMES the LESS

Welcome to our Children's Programs

One of the highlights of coming to St. James the Less is seeing (and hearing) all the children — in the children's choirs, serving at the altar, reading at Sunday services, and participating with us in the last half of the worship service. We have many activities available for children and families, under the leadership of our priest, Mother Storm, and Christian Education Director, Deacon Susie McNiff.  Read about some of them here, and please contact Deacon Susie if you have any questions. Your children will feel right at home in St. James family!

Childcare Available

Childcare is available for infants and toddlers in the Nursery every Sunday during the 10:00 AM service.

Church School

Whether your family is new to St. James the Less or already a part of our community, we invite you to be a part of our church school on Sunday mornings. Church school children begin in the church at 10 am with their parents, leave just after the opening prayer for instruction and fellowship, and join us again at the Eucharist.

St. James the Less Church School offers classes that incorporate bible lessons, art projects, drama and celebration. Young people build friendships and explore their faith in an exciting way.

If you are interested in having your child attend church school, please register here or call our Director of Christian Education, Deacon Susie McNiff, at the parish office for more information at 914.723.6100 .

Confirmation Classes

Typically, young people begin to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the fall of  Eighth Grade. Confirmation takes place in March or April of that year. Classes meet twice month on Wednesday evenings.

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Junior Youth Group

Senior Youth Group

The junior youth group meets for dinner and conversation on the first Sunday of every month, starting with an informal 20-minute Eucharist with Mother Storm in the church.

In addition, they have occasional outings, such as ice skating at Rockefeller Center; a Bowlathon to raise money for the food bank; biking along the Bronx River and more!

Older youth meet the first Sunday of each month at the Rectory (Mother Storm's home) for dinner and fellowship, starting an informal Eucharist with Mother Storm in the Church.

Between 12-20 kids regularly attend, and this is a wonderful way to just relax and be together. Midnight Run, a special ministry for the homeless, is offered to the Senior Youth Group. Various adult leaders drive with the youth into New York City to offer food, clothing, and other essentials to the homeless. Midnight Runs take place once a month during the year.

Additional social activities include a visit to the 911 Museum in NYC, a bowling party with friends from Children’s Village, barbecues, and more.

Sunday Morning Ministries for Kids

Make Sunday morning worship more meaningful! Become a Reader or Acolyte!

Young people in grades 4th grade and up are invited to read lessons during the service or serve as an acolyte. Is your teen a budding professor?

The church school needs helpers in the classroom to assist teachers on Sunday mornings. Please indicate your interest on the registration form or talk to Deacon Susie.