It is the desire of St. Thomas Episcopal to create opportunities for all our members to deepen in their communion with Christ and each other. For our children, participating in our services and special celebrations creates a meaningful involvement that communicates that they are just as much a member a their parents, grandparents, friends, and fellow members. Every season brings new ways for your little one to participate.
The Feast of Epiphany
Annually on January 6th we celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord. Since this is a service that does not move to the closest Sunday, our celebration day may look different from year to year but the focus on children and families remain. In the past the children have presented an Epiphany Pageant complete with Wise Men and the Holy Family Processing during the homily. We’ve also held an intimate Aprés Ski Service that had a family focus on sharing what Ephiphany means to each of us. It is also one of the four feasts that Baptism is offered.
Every year our congregation hosts a special event which includes a feast of pancakes and bacon followed by a Talent Show. Children are welcome to join us for dinner and entertainment by participating as an audience member or as a talent show participant.
St. Thomas hosts two services to observe Ash Wednesday. One at Noon and another at 5:30pm. The evening service offers nursery care so the whole family can attend and receive ashes.
Family Ministries will often provide all members, big and small, a lenten activity aimed at helping our families be mindful of their spiritual preparations for Easter morning. These have typically been a mite box to collect offerings dedicated to a special outreach ministry along side an activity such as Lenten Madness or family activity cards.
Maundy Thursday – Services are held at 7:30 pm in the evening. All are welcome to attend a meditative and prayerful Christian Yoga Practice downstairs in the fellowship hall.
Good Friday – Every year our interfaith community shares an ecumenical service at noon. St. Thomas also hosts our own Good Friday service at 7:30 pm. This powerful service is an essential lenten preparation.
Easter Vigil – A beautiful service at 8:30 pm that begins in the darkness of Good Friday and then ends in the symbolic dawning light of Easter. Baptisms are offered at this service. When children are being baptized nursery care is offered.
Easter – Our Lord is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed! Easter is celebration that we as Episcopalians look forward to all year. Children have a special role, flowering the cross, in the 10:00am service. The children will either bring a cut flower or receive one when they arrive. Father Ken then shares a short Easter message with the children and then dismisses for Sunday School where they will participate in an Easter Egg Hunt, Crafts, and Snacks throughout the lower level of the church. Children and families are reunited after the service ends.
Day of Pentecost
Celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the people of His church. This is one of the four opportunities for baptism within the church year. We celebrate with a congregation wide breakfast hosted by family ministries.
A very special day at St. Thomas, which often lands on or near Father’s Day. It is the celebration of the trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our Sunday School children present a showcase that they have been preparing over the past four weeks with during the Artist in Residence Sunday school program.
Blessing of the Animals
In honor of St. Francis of Assisi the animal members of our family are brought to church to be blessed. Children are welcome to bring their pets for a blessing.
Our family ministry offers all families either an advent calendar or advent wreath to take home, depending on the year. The advent calendars were hand sewn by loving volunteers of our congregation. New activities and prayerful devotions are added for either the calendar or wreath each year. Calendars or Wreaths are available the week few weeks leading up and through the Advent season. They can be found in the parish hall after services or in the office during the week.
Christmas Eve Holy Nativity Pageant
We invite all children to participate in our Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant, which is shared at both the 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. services. Parents are also encouraged to become involved by volunteering.