Children & Youth
The Mission of the Children’s and Youth Ministries is to love, engage, inspire, and support the children and youth in the parish, in order to nurture their growth as individuals and as members of the parish and greater community.
We welcome all just as they are and wherever they are in the exploration of their faith.
We embrace and celebrate diversity and different perspectives.
We believe learning and faith formation should be fun for the students, teachers, and leaders.
Faith formation for children ages PreK-5th grade is offered during the 10:00AM worship service in the form of Godly Play.
The Godly Play® method is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives. The Godly Play curriculum engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience. Godly Play® practice teaches us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives.
Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation
and spiritual guidance.
Godly Play has a Montessori foundation with 40+ years of research and practice.
Godly Play values process, openness, discovery, community, and relationships.
Godly Play models the worship life, stories, symbols,
and rituals of Christian congregations.
Godly Play allows practitioners to make relevant and personal theological meaning.
Godly Play nurtures participants to larger dimensions of belief and faith
through wondering and play.
Tweens/teens from 6th-12th grade experience formation and fellowship through C.H.A.O.S., Emmanuel’s youth group.
CHAOS meets twice a month on Sunday evenings:
On the second Sunday of each month, the group gathers to share a meal, then breaks off into middle school and high school small groups for discussion and formation.
The fourth Sunday of each month is dedicated to service and fellowship, as the group as a whole participates in either an outreach project or a recreational opportunity through which relationships are built and fostered