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Children’s Programs

Sunday School and Playgroup

Sunday School and the Playgroup meet from 10:15 am to 11:00 am, following the 9:30 am Early Church service. Classes are free and all are welcome, so bring a friend!

Making bird puppets

At St. Ann’s Sunday School, K-6 children enjoy Bible stories and creative projects that are part of the journey toward faith. Mo. Kate Salisbury creates a lively curriculum that includes reading, praying, singing, and hand-on projects.

Over the first four weeks of the fall 2019 season, children explored the legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi as part of “Instruments of Peace,” an original curriculum created by the clergy for parish and community members alike.  The focus of Sunday School was on the Franciscan tradition of peace making through puppet-making, songwriting, painting and more. Children practiced songwriting and learned about composition as they created an original Song of Francis for the conclusion of the program on the Feast of St. Francis (see video below).

The rest of the fall topics are as follows:

October 20: All about angels

October 27: The Bible’s Oldest Book (hint: it rhymes with robe)

November 3: Name that Saint!

November 10: Money in the Bible

November 17: Popularity in the Bible

November 24: Hospitality in the Bible

December 1: Pageant Sign-Up (Pageant and Family Service is at 4:30 pm on Christmas Eve)


The Sunday Playgroup for newborn-Pre-K, meets at the same time as Sunday School and is led by led by parent Tasha Richards. The group meets upstairs in the Community Room where young children and their parents are invited to enjoy stories, songs and projects just for them. The format includes open play and a weekly reading and craft project that focuses on the Sunday School theme in an age appropriate way.


Children’s Music

The Sunday School program includes musical activities, often for special performances at Early Church and other occasions. On October 6, 2019, the children presented their original “Song of Francis,”  during the St. Francis Day celebrations, which concluded the “Instruments of Peace” series devoted to St. Francis and his concerns for peace. The singers flew the bird puppets they made during the program. The words of the song follow:

We care for everyone, and everything
We care for the earth for the earth has everything.

Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Let me spread kindness on the wings of a dove.

If someone needs shelter, let me receive.
Make me an instrument of your peace.

Adult Education Opportunity for Parents

On selected Sundays from 10:15 am to 11:00 am, while children attend Sunday School, adults are invited to an in-depth exploration of the season’s Gospel readings and themes.


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