- Christian Education -
Sunday School welcomes children from early childhood through
their mid-teens to join us for Christian learning and
fun with friends. Our volunteer staffed nursery is available
for our youngest members while Pre-K through elementary
grades, Rite 13 (7th-8th) and Journey to Adulthood (9th-10th)
offer age-appropriate instruction in their individual
In 2013, Weaving God’s Promises
Episcopal curriculum was used for Pre-K through 3rd grade,
while a new version of the same curriculum was purchased
that focuses on engaging our older group of students as
they begin, or approach, middle school (4th-6th grades.)
The Church School is divided into groups
(Infant to 3 years) Godly
Play (Ages 3 to 5) All
Things New (Grades K to 5)
Rite 13 (Grades 6 to 8) Journey
To Adulthood (Grades 8 to 10) E.Y.C.
Episcopal Youth Community (HS Students)
Pre-K through 6th grade
students begin Sunday in church with family and follow
the Red Wagon out to children’s service after the
Gospel. The Red Wagon Ministry is the children’s
ministry in support of St. Gregory’s Pantry. Children
and families donate canned goods for the Red Wagon each
Sunday. Once in the Jones Room, Deacon Janet conducts
an abbreviated service including Prayers for the People,
the Lord’s Prayer and Holy Communion. A rotating
team of gifted storytellers share the weekly Bible story
with the children, after which students proceed to their
classrooms for project time with their teachers.
Rite 13 and J2A begin
their Sundays in their classrooms and join the congregation
to celebrate Holy Communion. These classes focus on self,
society, sexuality and spirituality, as well as the importance
of community outreach within Christian life. Rite 13 moves
toward The Rite of Passage Ceremony and J2A toward Confirmation.
The Rite 13 class traditionally
participates in CROP Walks for hunger relief each fall.
The class also takes part in a simulated hunger experience
the week prior to volunteering at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
in NYC. The class has also raised funds for Fast-a-Thon.
In addition to taking retreats, the J2A
class travels on an Urban Adventure in NYC. Students work
as teams to decode clues to locations around the city,
and must find each location without assistance from adults.
Every two years, the youth of St. Mary’s, age 14
and older, make a week-long mission trip. Past mission
work has included Hurricane Katrina recovery; Cedar Rapids,
Iowa flood recovery; Welch, WV mission relief; and Lehigh
Valley, PA flooding relief. Closer to home, the youth
of St. Mary’s help St.
Gregory’s Food Pantry set up for its
holiday food distributions, assist in set up for the church’s
biannual rummage sales, and work to prepare the church
for its periodic overnight guests (Interfaith Hospitality
Network, Habitat for Humanity workers, and other relief