St. John’s Episcopal Church
207 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

Children and Youth

Family Space in the Sanctuary

All young people are always welcome at every one of our 10 am worship services. We know young children sometimes make spontaneous sound and we celebrate their all their exclamations and noises. We have a special area set aside just for families with smaller children where we offer right-sized chairs and carpeting. All young people will be given an activity bag by our ushers to keep hands busy during worship.

Rev. Michelle also leads All Ages Worship on the first Sunday of every month. This is an opportunity for young people to help lead us in worship and the sermon is constructed as a story to engage ears of all ages.

You will see other events list on our event calendar that are particularly designed for families and young people. Click here for more information.


Continuing Formation for Children and Families

Every third Sunday of the month we offer Godly Play for young people. A Montessori-based program, Godly Play introduces the stories of our scripture and tradition through interactive play. Look for an expansion of this program in the coming months. You can read more about Godly Play here.

We are also in the process of developing a youth program with the other Episcopal Churches in the area for young people ages 12 and up.

If you would like to have your child enrolled in either of these programs, or if you’d like to help with this ministry, please fill out the Contact form and Rev. Michelle will be in touch with you soon.


Intergenerational Community

Young people are full members of Christian community and we believe that everyone has ministry. St. John’s invites all our young members to participate in our worship and parish activities so they learn and feel supported to offer their gifts to one another. If an activity is not appropriate for all ages, we do our best to provide childcare so parents are able to be fully present.