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Children's Programs

The EPISCOPAL CHURCH of ST. JAMES the LESS

A Special Place for Families

At Saint James, the Less Children are an integral part of Sunday worship. Our young people sing in the children's choir, serve at the altar, read lessons during Sunday services, and participate fully in the service. Families will find a rich tradition of worship and celebration which includes: The Blessing of the Animals; Halloween party and graveyard tour, Christmas Pageant and Epiphany Celebration, Palm Sunday Pony Rides, Easter Egg hunts and much more.

Sunday Morning

During the school year, children are welcome to attend either the 9:00 a.m. or the 10:30 service. The 9:00 a.m. service is approximately 30 minutes long and is more geared towards families. When children arrive, they will pick up their own storage folder/clipboard. Each Sunday the clipboard will feature a new Gospel lesson that coordinates with the weekly lectionary readings. Markers, stickers and supplies are provided for creative expression. 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 Sunday mornings.

After the 9:00 a.m. service, children in grades K-5th grade are invited to gather in Room 16 for Friendship Table, a 30 minute time for art, discussion and fellowship, If your child is interested in attending any of our programs, please register your child(ren) here or call our Director of Christian Education, Deacon Susie McNiff, at the parish office for more information at 914.723.6100.

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation is a two-year program beginning in 7th grade. 7th graders meet with Mother Storm weekly from October through March, the emphasis is on biblical literacy. Young people will become familiar with the books of the bible and the stories that make up their unique history, theology, and spirituality. In the fall of eighth grade, teens begin to meet with Deacon Susie and Mr. Loftus. They learn about the sacraments, church history, Episcopal identity and much more. Confirmation takes place in March or April of that year.

Classes meet weekly following the 5 pm Sunday service. Please contact Susie McNiff to register your confirmand.

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Exploring Holy Communion Classes

While some parents prefer that their children be prepared for this sacrament, it is not required in the Episcopal Church. In 1970, the General Convention resolved that “children be admitted to communion without confirmation.” Once a child is born into God’s family through baptism, they are welcome to receive communion.

That being said, many parents still desire a formal time of preparation for their children. Some parishioners come from other denominations and some simply want more education and explanation surrounding the sacrament.

For four weeks in the spring, children in 2nd grade and up meet to explore Holy Communion. This class is for both children who are already receiving communion as well as those who are receiving for the first time. The class meets on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. We read the stories in the Bible about the Exodus and Last Supper; bake communion bread and take part in an instructed Eucharist. In early May, we celebrate all of the children who have completed the class, at designated 9:00 service. Please contact Deacon Susie with questions or if you are interested.

Junior Youth Group

All young people in grades 6th through 8th are invited to take part in this Monthly gathering. Kids will meet on the first Sunday of every month after the 5:00 p.m. service. On some evenings, Kids will gather for pizza and a short bible study or conversation about important issues relevant to tweens. Other Sundays we go off site. Past field trips this year, have included Boundless Adventures Zip Lining; Mini-Golf; Ice Skating at Bryant Park; Snow-tubing at Mountain Creek and much more!

Senior Youth Group

Older youth (grades 9th through 12th) will also meet the first Sunday of each month for dinner and fellowship. Youth Group provides a wonderful way for teens to just relax and be together. Social Activities include a visit to the 9/11 Museum in NYC, a bowling party with friends from Children’s Village, ice-skating, barbecues, and more. Senior Youth take part in Midnight Run, a special ministry for the homeless. 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.

Sunday Morning Ministries for Kids

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Young people in grades 4th grade and up are invited to read lessons during the service or serve as an acolyte. Please indicate your interest on the registration form or talk to Deacon Susie.