Sunday School:

Sunday School, Episcopal Church, Santa Cruz, Aptos, Seacliff, Scotts Valley, Soquel

Godly Play (Ages 5 to 7)

Godly Play is our parish’s Sunday School program for children ages  5 through 7. Dr. Jerome Berryman, an Episcopal priest, developed the program using a Montessori-based approach to nurture and grow faith in children.

Godly Play recognizes the innate spirituality of children.

Everything that happens in a Godly Play classroom—lighting of the candle, listening to stories from the Old and New Testament, stories of baptism and Eucharist, sharing in a feast—all serve to create sacred space where children can grow close to God.

Each Sunday, children are welcomed by an adult greeter and are invited to sit in a circle with the storyteller, who will share the Godly Play Story of the day. Adults involved in Godly Play recognize that this is a time of engagement and wonder that shapes and deepens the faith of our children.

Godly play begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Godly Play Room located in The Annex. Children rejoin their parents for Holy Communion.

On the first Sunday of the month instead of Godly Play all children are in church for our Family Service at 9:00 a.m.

"The Symbols of the Eucharist" Lesson

“The Symbols of the Eucharist” Lesson

God’s Kids (Ages 8 to 11)

God’s Kids is our Sunday morning program for 8 to 11 year olds.

Most Sundays, you can find us in the Kids room from 9:00 to 10:15. We read the Bible together and talk about how ancient stories can help us in our lives today. We learn about the traditions of the Episcopal Church, and explore its Book of Common Prayer. After the discussions, we enjoy fun activities together.  We might play a Bible board game, or card game, or a Christian music dance game.  We might do something creative in the church kitchen, or play a ball game outside.

On the first Sunday of the month, we join our families at the 9:00 Sunday service, serving as acolytes, ushers, and lectors. One of us leads the congregation in the Prayers of the People.

In God’s Kids, we offer our kids these tools for living:  the Bible, prayers, Episcopal traditions, and Christian community.

And the way we do it puts “church” and “fun” in the same sentence.  In the words of one of our kids, “Kids learn a lot of really fascinating things about God & have fun too.”

Godly Play FAQ