At St. Dunstan's there are many meaningful and fun ways for children to become involved in church life from a very early age! Starting as toddlers, children are encouraged to begin Faith Formation each Sunday at 9:45 (between services) and also get involved with Children's Chapel during the regular service. Faith Formation continues on through adulthood, so that all of us, no matter our age, continue to grow in wisdom and understanding of our fatih.
In faith formation classes, children will develop their faith through art projects, storytelling, crafts, and songs. It's a great way for children to get to know their peers and become familiar with Bible stories and the readings they will hear in church. In Children's Chapel, the children will follow along with the lessons of the day in the 'big church,' but the readings and discussing will be done more on their level. They will also learn simple prayers, vocabulary, the rhythm of the liturgy and liturgical year. However, children will still be part of the regular church service and will return to take communion with their family and friends as members of the Body of Christ.
As our parish children grow older, they have the opportunity to take on the important role of Acolyte in our services. An acolyte is an assistant to the priest and is an integral part of the liturgy. Acolytes care for the candles and crucifix that are part of our procession at the beginning of our service and recession at the end. Acolytes are also trusted to hold the sacred text during readings and help the priest prepare for communion. This very important job not only invites our children to be part of the liturgy but is a wonderful way to help them discover their own personal faith. If your child is interested in becoming an acolyte, please contact the main office at 918-492-7140 or attend our acolyte training each autumn when school starts. Acolytes can be both boys and girls who are eight years or older.
A new opportunity for the kids at St. Dunstan's is participation in our Chorister Program, taught by our choirmaster, Eliot Glaser. Children from about second grade up are encouraged to not only sing and take part in services and special events, they will also learn the fundamentals of reading music and basic performance skills. The choristers will begin classes in the fall and meet on Wednesday evenings.
In addition to many special events held each year for our children, such as St. Nicholas Day, Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Church School in the summer and other holiday events, our teens are to get together for social events, volunteering opportunities, community outreach and just being together.
We would love to have you or your children join us in these activities, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about what's going on around the parish. Regular updates are published in our weekly Bell (given out at Sunday services or via email for those on our email list) so be sure to check in to see what's going on!
WHAT WE DREAM OF
Our desire is to help kids understand God’s unfolding story about the world and to understand their love and worth within that story. We do this by:
• Connecting them to a transformed life through Jesus,
• Creating an environment where they can learn about God’s great Story in a…
• God-centered, child-friendly and family-focused Community.
HOURS & INFO
Sunday - Holy Eucharist at 8:30am and 11am
Sunday - Holy Eucharist Spanish at 1pm
Wednesday - Holy Eucharist and Prayers for Healing 5:30pm
Be sure to join us for coffee hour after each Sunday service!