St. Martin’s offers wonderful, life-giving, and fun spiritual growth opportunities for our children. We feel that the moral and ethical formation of our children must be the cornerstone of their development. Our method in achieving that aim is never to try to impose morals and ethics, but to explore goodness, kindness and love through scripture, tradition and reason at an age appropriate level. The foundation of Christian formation at St. Martin’s is found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
After the children’s sermon at the 10:15 service, children are invited to follow the Sunday School Coordinator to the Sunday School area downstairs. Children will sing, hear and discuss the Bible story, discuss what the adults are learning about in worship, do a craft, have a snack and return upstairs to church to participate in the communion portion of our worship.
Our nursery is available for infants through 4-year old toddlers every Sunday. It is located in Lower Laird, down the stairs in the corridor which leads from the main lobby. The nursery is staffed with trained caregivers on Sunday mornings 9:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Children in Worship Space
We recognize that with crunched and busy schedules many families only have one day in the week to spend a lot of time together and that sending a child to the nursery during worship curtails more of that time. We have created a space for families with toddlers and infants at the front of the church for those who prefer to stay together during worship. There are books and rocking chairs and a clear view of everything that will happen during the service. We believe that children who can see what is happening in worship will be more engaged in the worship experience. However, you are also always free to sit anywhere that you are most comfortable.
Children of all ages come forward to the steps in front of the altar and hear a brief special sermon at the 10:15 Eucharist on Sunday mornings.
Everybody’s Story Children’s Library
The newly created “Everybody’s Story Children’s Library” contains board books and beautiful picture books which address diversity. Books are chosen that will include all races and abilities to help us realize that the world is full of diverse people who are all children of God. These books, telling “Everybody’s Story” are for preschool and elementary aged children to check out, take home and bring back the next week, or to use while in church, but are also available for all (grandparents included).