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Godly Play Sunday School
In addition to a toddler room and Youth Group, we have a Godly Play rooms. Our Godly Play Sunday school is all about stories. The teachers use beautifully crafted figurines to teach our children the stories of the Bible.
The goal of Godly Play is to enable children to use sacred story, parable, liturgical action, and silence to become more aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives and in the community of children gathered for worship.
Every Sunday, durring the school year, the biblical story is followed by a time of wondering. Some examples of these are:
I wonder what you like best about this story?
I wonder what is the most important part of the story?
I wonder who you are in the story?
Such questions are always open-ended and allow children to participate in the reflective process without fear of right or wrong answers. Wondering together is the community’s way of remaining open to the Holy Spirit and allowing the story to become part of our lives. This time of wondering shapes and deepens our relationship with God. Godly Play supports children as they find their own place in the Great Story and discover their unique identity as a child of God.
Our toddler room is led by Briana Griswold. During the week she is a preschool teacher for Mi Escuelita Preschool in Aromas. She has been a Pre-K Sunday school teacher for over 3 years and is now very happy to be bonding with the children at St Mary’s. She has been working with children for well over half her life and truly enjoys it. She also has a deep passion for art which she brings to the classroom.
Youth & Family Ministries
All God’s Children Services
Four Sundays a year St. Mary’s celebrates a special service for children at 10 a.m. These festive services provide an opportunity for all ages to worship together. They include simple hymns and songs, self-generated prayers, and a homily designed especially for children.
Held in late June at the All Saints Camp Ground in Big Sur. A chance for young and old alike to bask in the sun, hike, swim, sing and worship together under the redwoods.
Celtoid Kids—Free Celtic Music Lessons for Children and Youth
Jam on with the Celtoid Kids led by fiddler John Weed (Molly’s Revenge, One Lane Bridge, Story Road Band) on Thursdays in Edwards Hall at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.
For kids just beginning to learn tunes by ear, the slow and easy session runs from 4 p.m.–5 p.m., and more experienced jammers meet from 5 p.m.–6 p.m. We rock the red house and have a great time! Knowledge of basic fiddle in the first position is recommended. The sessions are free and open to the public.
John Weed is a classically trained violinist who has spent the last 20 years immersed in various fiddle styles. John lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He has honed his skills since, attending the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he studied with Ciaran O’Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin. Having an affinity for American fiddle styles, John explores the connection between Irish, Scottish, and old time fiddle.
At the end of the summer an all parish barbecue is held following the All God’s Children service. Hamburgers and hotdogs are provided while members of the parish provide food to share. Children enjoy a jump house, cotton candy, and other surprises.
A Christmas party for all ages is held on the Saturday before Christmas in Edwards Hall. Parishioners bring food to share for the potluck supper. Games, cookie decorating, and a special visitor are planned for the children. Christmas carols are sung by all.