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 Temporarily Suspended
Due to COVID-19, Childcare is unavailable at this time for infants and toddlers in the Nursery every Sunday during the 10:00 AM service.
For the fall, children will attend the 9 am service with their parents. And their christian education will be integrated into the service itself. On arrival, each child will pick up his or her own storage folder/clipboard. The clipboards, which will be left at the church and made ready during the week, will feature different activities related to the readings for the day and/or the service. Mother Storm and Deacon Susie will include at the beginning of each week's sermon a small summary for the children. When the children arrive at the service, a large poster announcing that week's story or lesson will be visible as they pick up their clipboards and materials.
Whether your family is new to St. James the Less or already a part of our community, we invite you to be a part our Sunday mornings.
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.
Please register your child(ren) here or call our Director of Christian Education, Deacon Susie McNiff, at the parish office for more information at
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 weekly following the 5 pm Sunday service. Please contact Susie McNiff to register your confirmand.
Register for Sunday School
Children's Ministries at St. James the Less
Junior Youth Group
Senior Youth Group
The junior youth group meets for dinner and conversation or a special event every month.
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 for dinner and fellowship, starting with an informal Eucharist 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 9/11 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.