Grace Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people, and that means all ages! Young people are always welcome to worship with the congregation and to take part in our Sunday morning programs. We offer Sunday morning programs for children and special seating for families at the 11 a.m. service. Nursery care is available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us online at our Zoom Time for Families with Children. Click here for more info.
Sunday Morning Programs
All children have a place at Grace Cathedral.
Infants and toddlers under 5 – Nursery
Pre-K-3rd Grade – Godly Play
4th Grade-5th Grade – Grace Quest
6th Grade-8th Grade – youth group
9th Grade-12th Grade – youth group
Families are invited to gather and sign in children and youth between 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the South transept of the nave, near the California Street doors, where there is a family area. Children and teachers process to their classrooms after the opening prayer. All are welcome. Preregistration is not required.
Children from preschool through 3rd grade learn and play together in Godly Play. Developed by an Episcopal priest and based on Montessori principles, Godly Play introduces children to key stories of the Bible in a way that nurtures their imagination, creativity and relationship with God.
In Grace Cathedral’s Godly Play classes, trained storytellers encourage children to “wonder” about the meaning of the stories for themselves through discussion and individual play. Avoiding doctrine or absolute truths, Godly Play helps children explore God’s presence in our lives and in the ancient and living stories of our tradition.
After-School Program with Little Opera
Starting Monday, September 21, 2020, Little Opera will be pioneering the world of virtual opera in our after school program where K-8 students write, compose, act, sing, design and perform their very own 3 act mini-operas. With the help of professional teaching artists and in partnership with Grace Cathedral, students will work from September to May on this ambitious project that challenges their imaginations and dives into the world of recorded and live virtual performance. Register here.
Children in 4th and 5th grade are part of Grace Quest. The program uses a fun, interactive curriculum developed by the Episcopal Church and based on the weekly lectionary choices. Children in Grace Quest engage with the same lessons that their parents hear in church, which encourages conversations in the family after services.
Middle school and high school youth groups meet for food, friends, fun and faith. This includes special events in the cathedral and community, games and retreats, open-ended and provocative discussions on the big questions in life as well as volunteer projects.
Seats near the California Street entrance in the south transept and pews in the front, left of the center aisle are reserved for parents and families. At the presentation of the gifts of bread and wine, children and teens in the Sunday morning programs enter in procession and reunite with their families for the rest of the service.
Child Care (for children under 5)
We have a well-equipped nursery for infants and toddlers under age five, with professional attendants. The nursery is open on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grace Cathedral baptizes infants and children on five Sundays each year: All Saints in autumn, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord after Christmas, the second Sunday of Easter, the Feast of Pentecost in late spring and one date in August. Parents can register online.
In the Episcopal Church, those baptized at an early age are invited to make a mature public affirmation of their faith at a later age through confirmation. Marking the move into spiritual adulthood, confirmation often takes place in late middle school or in high school. Preparation classes are scheduled regularly.
All baptized children are welcome to receive communion as baptism is considered to be full and complete initiation into the Body of Christ.
For More Information
The Rev. Mary Carter Greene, leads our Children, Youth and Family Ministry. She would love to hear from you with questions or suggestions. Look for the Rev. Mary Carter’s contact info below.