St. Bartholomew’s Family Ministry Programs
Our children follow the St. Bart’s Mission Statement: “Reaching Out and Welcoming All in the Love of Jesus Christ.” We are a family, encouraging each other on our faith journey through prayer, fellowship, and learning together. Come join us!!!
- 9am Sunday School (for children in 7th – 12th grades): This year our youth will be following the lectionary and studying the readings they will hear in church. While enjoying coffee & hot cocoa in the youth room, we’ll have some hands on lessons and in-depth discussion that will allow us to apply the Gospel to everyday life.
- 10am Sunday School (for children Birth – 6th grade): This class is for those children who aren’t ready to sit through the church service. We will be using the new curriculum “Hearts Alive.” Our goal is to produce lifelong followers of Christ by teaching them stories from the Bible, showing them our faith traditions, and surrounding them with Jesus’ love.
- 7pm Wednesday Fellowship: This is a time for people of ALL ages to come together as the St. Bart’s family & have fun getting to know each other. We are using topics from the Episcopal Curriculum for Youth by the Virginia Theological Seminary titled Spiritual Life. Even though the curriculum is written for youth, we have age appropriate activities for families with younger children and for adults. Also join us for seasonal favorites such as carving pumpkins, our Cookies and Carols ministry, and Vacation Bible School preparation.
- Youth Group: This is an opportunity for our children in grades 7-12 to work together, play together, and learn what it means to be an Episcopalian. We will take part in Mission work by helping in projects at St. Bart’s and our surrounding community. In the past, we have made and served meals to the homeless at “Feed My Lambs” in Lake City; we worked in the garden, food pantry, clothing ministry, & first aid ministry at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church & Outreach in Jacksonville; we helped at Catholic Charities in Lake City; and we assisted at Bread of the Mighty Food Pantry in Gainesville. We have retreats, fund raisers, and many fellowship opportunities to become a stronger Christian community.
- Diocesan Events: We encourage our children to participate in Diocesan events such as Summer Camp, New Beginnings, and Happening. We will notify you of upcoming events and deadlines for registration in the church newsletter.