Here at St. Bart's, we want children to know from day one that they are known and loved, that they matter. We also believe that children have a natural sense of spirituality and that faith is caught more than taught. We engage our kids in the stories, teachings, and love of Jesus to help grow the faith that is already within them. Children and families of all faith backgrounds or none are welcome in our inclusive community!
St. Bartholomew’s Chorister program was founded in 1995 by reaching out to children and families throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The program consists of thorough musical education, sustained by rehearsals throughout the week, singing at the 11am service, concerts, trips, and an annual late summer choir camp. Participation in the choristers typically begins at age 8 and up. To find out if the Chorister program might help develop and support the musical interests of a young person you know, please contact Associate Organist and Choirmaster Alexander Pattavina.
Kids' Club is our children's program for grades K - 5. Our gatherings are designed to bring the stories of the Bible to life in ways that are meaningful, healthy, and fun using seasonal magazines, playbooks, and vibrant visuals designed to open kids' imaginations to the wonder of God' love. Kids' Club runs concurrent with Youth at the Center for grades 6-12 and The Forum for adults.
The 11am service includes a 25-30 minute Kids' Church program during the sermon and prayers. During the second hymn, the children are led into the chapel for an immersive and engaging time of singing, a lesson, prayers, and a snack. During the announcements, all kids to the church to receive communion with their families.
Beginning in Fall 2022, all children, youth, and their families are invited to a complementary community lunch on most Sundays. This is a time to enjoy food and fellowship together between the 11am service and the Choristers rehearsal at 1pm. However, you don't have to be involved with Choristers to attend.
In baptism, we celebrate God's unconditional love, present from the beginning. Parents and godparents commit to raising the child in the way of Christ, and the whole community pledges its support.
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