At St. Bart’s, we believe that children and youth are an integral part of our community, and we invite them to be actively engaged in worship, education, service and fellowship because it is in that engagement we are, all of us, continually being formed in our faith. We recognize that children are already in a relationship with God who loves them deeply, and we seek to strengthen and deepen that relationship. We understand that questions are often more important than answers, and we encourage children and youth to wrestle with those questions in a safe, caring environment, acknowledging, in Paul Tillich’s words, that “doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.”
We are committed to providing varied and rich experiences for children, youth, and families through inviting and inspiring liturgies, engaging in story, art, and song, involvement in meaningful outreach to the larger world, and opportunities for fellowship with the larger St. Bart’s community. Our program is designed to meet our children and youth where they are developmentally and spiritually, while also encouraging them to grow in confidence, faithfulness, and action in the Episcopal context.