Children & Youth
Children and Youth are important members of our church. We value their perspectives and needs.
Children’s programs are from birth to teens, and our Youth program is for teens until adult.
Children at St. Jude’s
Godly Play (Pre-K to 5th Grade): Younger children enjoy the Godly Play program during the first half of our service during the regular school year. Please see box on this page for more information about what Godly Play is.
During the summer months, paid professional caregivers provide fun activities during the first portion of our service (and longer, if preferred). Children are always welcome in our services and there are often special moments in the service just for them.
Child Care (birth to Pre-K): We currently do not have childcare available for the very young, but they are always welcome in our service. We expect to have our nursery care available again later in 2021. At that time, very young children may stay in the Nursery during the entire worship service with our professional, background-checked caregivers. Parents may pick up their children from the Nursery at any time.
During in-person services, children can:
- sit with their families
- enjoy summer playtime with our paid caregivers;
- enjoy the hands-on Godly Play program in the fall, winter and spring;
- when we are back in the sanctuary (expected in September 2021), use a small play area with quiet toys near the Altar, with plenty of space for parents to sit nearby (it is located on the left side of our sanctuary)
- when we are back in the sanctuary (expected in September 2021), enjoy the Narthex, which has a rocking chair, small toys/books and speakers which broadcast the worship service.
Children and youth are welcome in worship! We will often have special moments just for them in our services.
What is Godly Play?
Godly Play helps children to explore their faith through stories, and to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though hands-on play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, Godly Play is for children preschool age up to 5th grade. For more information, click here for the Godly Play website.
Vacation Bible Camp
We plan to have our annual Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) again in 2022! Please check back here in March 2022 for information on camp for 2022, usually held in July. Click here for more information on VBC.
Youth at St. Jude’s
Youth group is just for teens and has Youth Mentors dedicated to supporting this age.
More information is coming soon on our online Youth Group program.
Join the St. Jude’s Youth for fun Jackbox online games every Sunday during online Coffee Hour! The link to the Zoom session, where the Youth have a breakout room, is found here.
When we are able to be together again more, the Youth at St. Jude’s enjoy many fun and enriching activities together, including games, cooking chili and outings such as bowling, ski trips and an annual boardwalk trip to Santa Cruz.
Vacation Bible Camp has lots of hands-on play, songs, stories, and more!
Youth group and Mentors having lunch together in 2017.
ST. JUDE THE APOSTLE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
20920 McClellan Road
Cupertino, CA 95014