Children’s Ministries

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All Saints’ is blessed with lots of children, and our offerings for them reflect the importance we place on their care — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Parents are always welcome to visit our nurseries and classrooms, and are also encouraged to participate as volunteers in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, at the two Christmas pageants, Vacation Bible School, and the Solemn Holy Communion.

Contact: Children’s Formation Director: Kathleen Busbee, kbusbee@allsaintsbirmingham.org, (239)222-8549, or Jeannie Feldman, jeanniefeldman@att.net, 769-3189.

All Saints Preschool

All Saints’ Episcopal Preschool is a ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Church. The preschool serves children ages six months to 5K Kindergarten. Our program operates during the school year from 9:00 to 1:00 Monday through Friday. A summer program is offered during the months of June and July. Our mission is to provide a positive, nurturing, Christ-centered educational environment using developmentally appropriate activities to encourage each child to reach his or her fullest potential. With 192 children enrolled in the program and 32 classroom teachers on staff we have a world of opportunities to reach and teach these children on a daily basis.

How to get involved:

* Become involved with the Preschool Parent Organization, which supports our school through several annual events and regular volunteer activities
* Volunteer to be a room parent, classroom helper, workroom volunteer, playgrounds and maintenance volunteer, Spring Fiesta Fund Raiser Representative, Book Fair volunteer and Innisbrook Gift Wrap volunteer
* Our parents also may help with our annual programs such as the Grandparents’ Day Program, Lessons and Carols Program, and Kindergarten Graduation Program

Contact: Preschool Director- Bebe Hardin, bhardin@allsaintsbirmingham.org, 879-1092

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a faith formation experience for children ages 3 years -6thgrade. It is based on the belief that young children can and do experience God. The atria, the rooms where the children meet are environments created and prepared to nurture children’s spirituality. This approach to the religious formation of children is rooted in the Holy Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. Hands on materials are used to help children and adults reflect and wonder on the great mysteries of the Christian faith. Children must be three years of age by the first day of Catechesis to begin.

How to get involved:

* Become trained as a catechist & serve in the Atrium
* Become an Atrium Hall Parent

Contact: Children’s Formation Director: Kathleen Busbee, kbusbee@allsaintsbirmingham.org, (239)222-8549

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Children’s Liturgy of the Word

A simple Liturgy of the Word is offered during the 11:00 a.m. service for 3-6 year-olds in the Yellow Door Room. Children set a table for prayer, hear one of the lectionary readings of the day, provide an offering for the church, exchange the peace and do a procession into the Eucharist.

How to get involved:

* Become a Children’s Liturgy Leader by observing a Children’s Liturgy in action. This takes thirty minutes during the 11:00 service. Volunteers for Liturgy come into the Eucharist during the Offertory.

Contact: Children’s Formation Director: Kathleen Busbee, kbusbee@allsaintsbirmingham.org, (239)222-8549

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Children’s Liturgy of the Word

A simple Liturgy of the Word is offered during the 11:00 a.m. service for 3-6 year-olds in the Yellow Door Room. Children set a table for prayer, hear one of the lectionary readings of the day, provide an offering for the church,  exchange the peace and do a procession into the Eucharist.

How to get involved:

  • Become a Children’s Liturgy Leader by observing a Children’s Liturgy in action. This takes thirty minutes during the 11:00 service. Volunteers for Liturgy come into the Eucharist during the Offertory.

Contact: All Saints’ Children’s Formation Director: Kathleen Busbee, kbusbee@allsaintsbirmingham.org, (239)222-8549

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Christmas Pageants

Each Christmas Eve, Children’s Formation organizes two Christmas Pageants. The first, held in the morning, is a pageant with Morning Prayer, and is designed for younger children. Children arrive 30 minutes early to receive their costumes and practice their songs. The second pageant is late afternoon on Christmas Eve and is followed by Holy Eucharist. The main casts of both pageants attend one of two practices the week before. There is no rehearsal for the rest of the participants.

How to get involved:

  • Volunteer to make and/or organize costumes
  • Volunteer during the rehearsals or pageants
  • Make cookies or lemonade for the reception after the first pageant

Contact: All Saints’ Children’s Formation Director: Kathleen Busbee, kbusbee@allsaintsbirmingham.org, (239)222-8549

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The Solemn Holy Communion

The Solemn Holy Communion class is offered to 3rd graders and is designed to help children more fully explore and enjoy the mystery of Christ’s gift of himself in the sacrament of Holy Communion.  The complete Solemn Communion experience includes a parent’s informational meeting, five Communion Meditation Classes for the children, a Solemn Holy Communion Retreat, and a Solemn Holy Communion Celebration on the Sunday after the retreat. The next class will begin in January 2014.

Contact: All Saints’ Children’s Formation Director: Kathleen Busbee, kbusbee@allsaintsbirmingham.org, (239)222-8549

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Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School at All Saints’ is known as “The Market Place”. Each summer for four days in June, over 120 children take a “journey” to a city in Israel. In multi-aged groups called tribes, children experience a language, songs, foods, and crafts that reflect the culture Jesus may have known as a boy. Registration begins in April.

How to get involved:

* Be a youth or adult volunteer for four days in June (9:00 a.m. -noon)
* Help with decorating or craft preparation
* Help with snack preparation
Contact: Kathleen Busbee, kbusbee@allsaintsbirmingham.org, (239)222-8549

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