- On Sundays our nursery cares for children aged three and younger. Infants and toddlers are welcomed by our Nursery Care Provider and assistants from the parish. Parents may exchange their child for a pager, or they can stay with their child in the nursery. The nursery is open from 9.30am to Noon giving parents time to worship at the 10am and enjoy coffee hour afterward.
- Godly Play
- Children aged 3 and older enjoy a specially designed children's learning experience at Godly Play, starting on Sundays at 9.45am during term time.
Based on a Montessori interpretation of religious education, Godly Play uses a multi-sensory approach to telling Bible stories with three-dimensional materials. This imaginative method serves to support, challenge, empower, and guide children along on their spiritual journey.
Godly Play assumes children have some experience of the Mystery of God's presence in their lives, but that they lack the language, permission, and understanding to express and enjoy this experience in our secular and materialistic culture. During Godly Play, children enter into the sacred stories of the people of God, into the parables Jesus told, into the Christian sacramental and liturgical tradition. Through "entering in," participants discover God, themselves, one another, and the world around them; it's much like what happens to grown-ups when we attend a church service that moves us.
The Godly Play classroom is a place for children to be themselves, to come closer to the mystery of God's presence, to learn the language of Christian people, to form community and take care of one another. Sacred stories, symbols, and liturgical actions are invitations to enter into the work of discovering God.
For more information contact The Rev. Guy Collins.
- Children's Choir
- Children of all ages are welcome to come sing with the St. Thomas Children's Choir! Children are taught the fundamentals of singing in a warm, welcoming and fun environment. The choir meets every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the Choir Room, and sings once a month at the 10:00 a.m. service. The Children's Choir sings on all major festival Sundays, as well as at Lessons and Carols, and the Christmas Eve Christingle service. In addition, the choir celebrates Sankta Lucia every December, singing "Sankta Lucia" in Swedish, and providing a full smorgasbord for coffee hour! All children are welcome to come and be a part of the Children's Choir, or just stop in and listen to rehearsal!
For more information contact Sarah Slater.
- Tots and Tea
- Young children and their carers come to the St Thomas Parish Hall every Tuesday afternoon for fun activities, stories and refreshments. Different parishioners take turns to read the stories, and we are always happy to introduce new story-tellers. Tots and Tea, like all St Thomas events, is open to the wider community, and membership of the growing group consists of both parishioners and those from the wider community.
No 'Tots and Tea' would be complete without our signature hot English breakfast tea, which is served along with juice and other child-friendly refreshments.
For more information contact Kristin Bornholdt Collins or Christine Bailey-Kellogg.