Children's Ministry

Children: Growing in Faith


Welcome Back, Children!

We are thrilled to be welcoming children (4 y.o. to 5th grade) back to in-person worship and Sunday school starting June 6! What a joy it will to be together in-person again. We will gather in the parish hall at 9:45 for Children’s Chapel and Sunday school. We will keep all the delight and fun, love and warmth that are hallmarks of our St. John’s children’s program while following these guidelines below to make sure all the children and Sunday school teachers are safe. It’s going to be a great summer of Bible stories, Holy Moly videos and jabberwocky, crafts, and songs! As we move through the summer, these guidelines maybe be amended to account for any changes in data.  

  • All Sunday school teachers and children will wear masks.

  • We will check temperatures of Sunday school teachers and children when they arrive. Temperatures must be below 100.4 to attend Children’s Chapel and Sunday school.

  • Social distancing will be practiced. Visual cues will be used to encourage social distancing.

  • All Sunday school teachers and children will use hand sanitizer when arriving and departing.

  • Attendance will be taken to allow for contact tracing.

  • At the passing of the peace, parents will come out to the narthex to get their children and escort them back to their seats.

  • One child at a time will go to the bathroom, hand sanitizer will be used before and after using the restroom.

  • If a Sunday school teacher or child develops Covid-19 symptoms within 48 hours of attending Children’s Chapel and Sunday school, contact Christine Mortlock, or 540-343-9341.

  • Should someone at Sunday school test positive, all children and adults that were in close proximity to the person during Children’s Chapel and Sunday school will be notified immediately.

  • Sunday school teachers and children should not attend if they have had Covid-19 or Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days. They should be symptom free for at least 24 hours.

  • Sunday School teachers and children who have been in close contact with an infected person should remain home for 14 days and be symptom free for at least 24 hours before participating in Children’s Chapel and Sunday school.  

  • Parents of children with underlying conditions that make them more likely to have a severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to contact Christine Mortlock, and she will make arrangements for alternate children’s formation opportunities for the children this summer.

  • We will keep parish hall doors open to the outside as much as possible.

We can’t wait to see our young disciples and are a looking forward to a wonderful summer!

There are so many ways for children to be involved in the life of St. John's, learning, growing and building long-lasting friendships.

Babies through fifth graders are cared for in our beautifully renovated Child Care Center on the second floor, within easy reach of the chapel, nave and parish hall. Two- and three-year-olds engage in a Bible lesson during the 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. services. All Child Care Center staff are screened and trained in First Aid, CPR and Safeguarding God's Children. Nursing mothers can use a private and comfortable room in the Child Care Center to nurse. Contact Crystal Fernatt, child care coordinator, at with questions. 

Sunday Mornings
Whirl, used in Sunday School from the fall through spring, is a lectionary-based curriculum that helps kids see the connections between the Bible and their own lives and teaches children about the church seasons. Each lesson includes a Bible story, fun animated video, discussion and an engaging craft or activity. It gives families opportunities to discuss their faith together, as children and their parents learn about the same text each Sunday. Children leave class each week with a better understanding of the Bible and how to live out their faith, take-home activities, and discussion questions for the family. Holy Moly, used in Sunday School in the summer months, brings the stories of the Old and New Testaments to life with storytelling, an animated Bible story, discussion, and crafts that ignite kids’ creativity. The stories of the Bible come to life for kids with this vibrant curriculum, that encourages children to explore and wonder, imagine and reflect.

St. John's Music Academy
The St. John's Music Academy is for children in grades K-5. Kids receive vocal/choral training, music theory, and experience with instruments and movement. There is no cost to attend. Rehearsals take place Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Contact Mike Milam, interim director of music, at

Sunday Mornings
Child Care Center open 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
9:45 a.m. Children’s Chapel 
10:00 a.m. Whirl Classroom  (preschool - 5th grade) 

Sunday Evenings
Child Care Center open 4:30-7:30 p.m. 
5 p.m. The Gathering Eucharist 
5:45 p.m. Sunday Supper 
6:30-7:30 p.m. Faith and Fun  

At St. John’s, we are committed to children’s safety. We screen all volunteers who work with children with a complete criminal background check and provide training in Safeguarding God’s Children, the Episcopal Church’s program for recognizing and preventing child abuse. 

Christine Mortlock 
Minister to Children and Families 
Look for our Facebook group, St. John’s Kids and Families!