Raising children of faith
View the monthly Children and Youth activity schedule: November 2019-Schedule
Anyone in grades 5-12 is invited to join our youth groups. The Youth Groups meet twice a month on Sundays for fun, friendship, games, silliness, Jesus, and of course snacks! Junior Group is for grades 5-8; Senior Youth group is for grades 9-12. Sometimes our main event is a project, like purchasing and wrapping presents for the Highlands students, and sometimes its an evening of sledding! Or getting lost in a corn maze. Or playing whole-church hide and seek, capture the flag, or pew aerobics. Or leading the church in a contest to bring in the most goodies for the mariners of the Seaman’s Center at the Port of Wilmington.
Some of our youth activities include Movie Night, Lent Lock In, Stuffing Easter Eggs for the annual hunt, Labyrinth, Work Day at Urban Promise, etcetera!
Report from Workcamp
Fifteen enthusiastic youth and three adults traveled to Wintersville, Ohio on July 19 – 25 to serve the body of Christ. Here is the trip in their own words:
STBYG is led by Sandy Witman and is assisted each week by a “FOBY” (Friends of Barnabas’ Youth) adult. Contact Sandy if you would like to know more: 302-668-6302, or email her.
Our time is precious and short as children will be joining families following or during “the Peace.” One week is not dependent on another so please feel free to participate whenever you are in attendance throughout the year at St. Barnabas.
Classes are divided into three classrooms located downstairs. Classroom divisions are
- 3 years through Grade 1
- Grades 2 through 4
The first Sunday of every month is designated as First Sunday and children are part of the entire service in the Church with Youth Choir singing and a message geared to all ages.
The second Sunday of the month is designated as traditional Godly Play Sunday School. Wooden figures are used to tell the stories followed by wondering time and art response time. Grades 5 through 8 use a lectionary-based curriculum as their guide and work on a community-based project during the program year.
Third Sunday of the month: Children’s Chapel – Children ages 3 years and up are invited to meet in the chapel for a child-oriented service of songs, music, readings, prayers, and liturgy. Grade 5 and up students are encouraged and invited to participate by helping out with music, readings, and liturgy for this monthly chapel experience.
Fourth Sunday of the month is designated as “mission work” Sunday. Children of all ages will join us in the Great Hall to experience a ministry, craft, and participate in a “mission” to use their talents to reach out to others.
Acolytes help lead the worship at the 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist. Acolytes serve in teams of three or four and range from fifth grade through high school. Each fall, there is training for new acolytes and refresher training for current or previous acolytes.
All children and youth ages 3 through 17 are welcome to sing in either the Youth Choir. No singing experience is necessary. No audition is required. We sing the first Sunday of each month and the children’s Christmas Eve Service. We practice on Sundays immediately after the 10:00 a.m. service. All that is required is a love of singing and a desire to make a joyful noise for Jesus. Contact Sandy Witman for more information.
The Christmas Pageant is performed on the Fourth Sunday of Advent and a Children’s Musical is performed each year in May.