St. Mary’s welcomes all children and families, regardless of ability or background. Our mission is to grow, enhance, and nourish a faith and love of God already found in the hearts of all children as they continue in their faith journey of lifelong formation as Disciples of Jesus Christ.
Due to the on-going Corona-virus, all in-person children’s formation offerings have been suspended. Virtual and at home/remote offerings for Family & Children’s Formation are sent out each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Formation offerings for the last 3 Sundays are found below.
Sept.-May at 9:00 a.m.
June-August at 10:00 a.m.
PreK3-3rd Grade Students
After the processional, children are invited to follow the cross out of the Nave and into the Chapel; children rejoin their parents during the peace. In the 25 minutes between entrance and exit, children hear and experience Episcopal liturgy and scripture in developmentally appropriate ways.
Sept.-May 10:15-11:00 a.m
We organize the children into classrooms by their school grades. Two trained teachers lead the children through lessons, games, art projects, and other activities. Our mission is to form the children of St. Mary’s as followers of Jesus Christ by teaching them about the Christian Faith. Sunday School registration is found here.
4th/5th Grade Youth Group
Meets one Sunday Evening a Month
During the school year, children in 4th and 5th gradse are invited to participate in an evening gatherings to prepare for them the next steps in their faith journey. Each evening we provide dinner, followed by activities and games that encourage children to deepen and widen their faith.
Special Programs & Events
On Christmas Eve, children in 1st thru 5th grade are invited to participate in a pageant at 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. There are two Saturday rehearsals prior to the pageants. Pageant sign-up can be found here starting in November.
The children learn about St. Mary’s outreach partners throughout the year. During Advent, they raise outreach funds by making crafts to sell at our Gift Mart and they donate in-kind items for a Mitten Tree. During VBS, an additional outreach opportunity is also offered.
Vacation Bible School
VBS at St. Mary’s is a special summer evening series of themed curriculum programs. We employ Bible stories, songs, arts and crafts, and supper all catered toward young elementary school-aged children. VBS is typically offered during the second full week of July. Click here to view lessons & activities from VBS 2020.
Family Events & Formation
A Communion Preparation class for children (and their parents) is offered on the Saturdays before Christmas and Easter. If you are interested in having your child participate please be in touch with Elizabeth Bruington, Parish Co-Administrator at Elizabeth.Bruington@StMarysArlington.org.
St. Mary’s hosts family-friendly events each month. From an Epiphany Dinner to an Ash Wednesday Family Service, from our Shrine Mont Weekend Retreat, to an Ice Cream Social, from a Blessing of the Pets Service to and an Advent Lessons & Carols service. Click here to see virtual/remote events and activities. Click here to see our upcoming events.
Art of Parenting
Twice a month during Sunday Formation, 10:15-11:00 a.m., parents are welcome to meet in the Vestry conference room to discuss topical articles about raising children “in the world, but not of it.” Click here for more information.
Formation Leaders & Volunteers
St. Mary’s Children’s Formation is run by a full-time staff member and overseen by clergy. We rely on parent and parishioner volunteers to ensure a fun and safe environment for our children. If you have questions about Children’s Formation and volunteering to help please contact or Allison Pace, Family Formation Minister, Allison.Pace@StMarysArlington.org.
Volunteer Opportunities Include:
• Family Events
• Children’s Chapel
• Sunday School
• Vacation Bible School
• Christmas Pageants
• 4th and 5th Grade Youth Group
Please Note: We take our responsibility to train every adult that signs up for a long-term volunteer position and require adults to successfully complete training set forth by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia 0n Preventing Sexual Misconduct Training.