Children, Youth & Family Formation


Children, Youth & Family Formation

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 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.

St. Bart’s offers a number of opportunities for children, youth, and families to participate on Sundays.  At the 9 am service, a shorter and more informal liturgy, children and youth are invited to participate as readers, acolytes, or ushers, to join our Chorister program, or to simply gather around the altar with the larger community for Eucharist.  At 10 am a variety of activities are offered; children K-grade 5 are invited to be part of Quest at the Chapel, a time for prayer, singing, art, and stories, all designed to nourish our relationship with God. Youth grades 6-12 meet upstairs in Room 44 for Youth @ the Center, where they explore how their faith intersects with real life in a setting that allows for contemplative, reflective, and interactive experiences.  

Periodically during the year, families (as well as the larger St. Bart’s Community) are invited to participate in intergenerational events on Sunday mornings: family breakfasts, an Advent Fair with wreath making, Epiphany fun, burning of the palms as we begin Lent, and more.

If you have questions or would like more information about any of our offerings, please email 

**St. Bartholomew’s Children, Youth, and Family Formation is a nut-free and allergy- aware program. Learn more.

CYF Programs

Child Care 6 months-Kindergarten  Childcare is provided for infants through five-year-olds from 8:45-12:30 every Sunday in Room 51, a spacious and colorful classroom on the fifth floor of the Community House. Children are always welcome in the liturgy, but you are welcome to take your little one to our childcare program at any point during the service you attend. Just ask an usher to point the way to the elevators to the 5th floor. 

Kids in Church  Children are always welcome in our services. To make this easier for kids and their parents we provide a kid-friendly zone -- our “prayground” -- under the south gallery, on the right side of the church. Here you will find comfy rockers, a carpeted space where kids can move around, books, and art supplies. Just being present during the liturgy allows our littlest ones to soak up our music and prayers. Children are also welcome to receive communion at the discretion of their parents. Activity bags are available at the front entrance as well.

Chorister Program  The Chorister program is available to boys and girls grades 2-12. Choristers sing at the Sunday 9 am service as well as special events at St. Bart’s. For more information on St. Bart’s Chorister Program please email Dent Davidson at

Acolyte Program  Acolytes (grades 6-12) assist in the liturgy by carrying the cross or torches; senior acolytes may take on additional responsibility as Youth Verger, leading the procession and assisting the clergy in setting the altar. Children in grades 2-5 may train as junior acolytes. Once trained, acolytes commit to join our acolyte rota for the 9 am service.

Lectors (Readers) + Ushers  Children of all ages are invited to sign up to be lectors or ushers! Lectors read one of the two readings preceding the Gospel. Children who love theater or who are working on building confidence will find our reading program boosts self-esteem and trains them well for finding and shaping their voice. The congregation loves to hear the lectionary interpreted by young voices! Children of all ages may also serve as ushers during our services, offering hospitality and inviting all to feel welcomed and invited into the St. Bart’s community each Sunday.

Quest Children K-grade 5 are invited to be part of Quest, a time for prayer, singing, art, and stories, all designed to nourish our relationship with God, 10-10:45 Sundays.

Youth @the Center Youth grades 6-12 are invited to join Youth @ the Center, upstairs in Room 44, where they explore how their faith intersects with real life in a setting that allows for contemplative, reflective, and interactive experiences.  10:00-10:45 Sundays. 

Youth Confirmation  Confirmation is an opportunity for young people to affirm for themselves the promises parents and godparents made for them at their baptism. Confirmation preparation is open to all youth ages 13 and older. The only commitment we ask the youth to make when they register is to participate in all the classes. The decision of whether or not to be confirmed comes later and is up to each individual.

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