Children's Ministry

                           "Children are a gift from the Lord."  Psalm 127:3
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Sunday, August 27th BACK TO SCHOOL DAY

Make sure to join us for a special blessing for our students as they prepare to head into a new school year. Parishioners are invited to pick up a prayer cross with a student's name to take with them as a reminder to keep that child in their prayers throughout the year.  Each student will receive a 'Back To School Survival Kit' with tips on how to rely on God during the ups & downs of their school year.

Sunday, September 10 RALLY DAY

Join us for fellowship & food after the 10am service in Jordan Hall.  Look for the Children's Ministry table outside in order to sign your children up for our 2017-2018 programs.  

Sunday, September 17 Children's Program Kick Off

Our Children's Programs will begin upstairs this Sunday at 10:30am.  Your children are welcome to follow the cross down the aisle at the end of the 9:15am service or to head upstairs once you arrive if your family is attending the 11:15am service.   Children may be picked up from their classrooms at 11:10am.  

Sunday, October 1 Blessing of the Animals

In the tradition of St. Francis of Assai we will have our annual Blessing of the Animals at 2pm.  All leashed or self contained animals are welcome!

Sunday Morning Schedule

7:45am-12:45pm - Our Nursery/Toddler/Preschool Rooms are open for infants through preschoolers.

9:10am - Children's Choirs elementary aged children have choir rehearsal starting at the beginning of the service in Jordan Hall and then return for Holy Communion

9:15am/11:15am - Children's Chapel elementary aged children have a choice to begin the service with their families in church, then dismiss for Chapel in St. Andrews, and return for Holy Communion

10:25am - 11:15am Sunday Children's Program upstairs

Our nursery, toddler, and elementary programs are a welcoming place for all children where they can learn of God’s love and grace while learning to be a part of a church family.  If you need additional information on any of our children’s programs, please contact Lillie Tillar, Director of Children’s Ministries, at 757-428-3573, EXT 22 . 

Nursery Care (Infant - 15 months) 

The goal of our nursery program is to provide a safe, healthy and pleasant environment for our youngest members. Paid professional workers staff the nursery. All nursery workers have completed the Safe Church training as required by the diocese. Our nursery is equipped with age appropriate playthings and well-trained staff. Our infant (newborn - 15 months approx.) nursery is located downstairs directly across from the elevator - which is to the right when you come through the main entrance. 

Toddler and Preschool Care (18 months - 5 years) 

Our Toddler and Preschool program is focused on providing a nurturing, creative and safe environment for our 2-5 year olds. Paid professional workers staff our toddler and preschool rooms. All childcare workers have completed the Safe Church training as required by the diocese. Toddlers and preschoolers have an opportunity to experience an interactive curriculum by being introduced to a new Bible story or theme each Sunday. Through storytelling, songs, games, play and crafts they explore these age appropriate lessons. Our toddler and preschool rooms are located upstairs. The stairs in between the sanctuary and Gift Shop will lead you to the children's classrooms. Turn left at the top of the stairs - the toddler room will be on your right and preschool room on your left. 

Children's Chapel (PK - elementary ages) 

Children are dismissed during the 9:15am and 11:15am services for Children's Chapel. They meet across the hall in St. Andrew's Chapel. They process, light altar candles, hear the story and lesson of the day, and say their Children’s Creed and Prayers of the People. Chapel Leaders usher the children back to parents in the sanctuary—during the peace and just before Holy Communion. 

Sunday Children's Program (K - 5th grade) 

Our Sunday Children's Program meets from 10:20am - 11:15am upstairs on the children's hall. There will be a procession for children during the final hymn during the 9:15am service when they may proceed upstairs. Elementary children at Galilee grow in faith through a meaningful and playful study of the Bible. Our classes for children use a dynamic curriculum that follows the Lectionary and includes hands on activities, Bible memory verses, special worship time, along with creative projects. 

4th & 5th Grade Youth Group

Our 4th & 5th graders gather on Sunday once a month for fun, games, and fellowship.

Sunday, March 12th  4:30pm - 7:30pm NCAA Tournament Game Night Kick Off

Friday, March 24th 5:30pm Girls may arrive early to help set up for the dad daughter dance

Sunday, March 26th 2:00pm - 5:00pm Fishing Trip for 4th & 5th grade boys

Sunday, April 2nd Youth Day 9:15am Service

Friday, April 14th 5:00pm - 8:00pm Good Friday - we will be stuffing plastic Easter eggs for the Egg Hunt the next morning, eating dinner, and attending the 7:00 pm Good Friday service together

Saturday, April 15th Easter Lesson & Egg Hunt 10:00am

Sunday, April 23rd 1:00pm - 3:00pm Memory Center Ice Cream Social

Sunday May 21st 1:00pm - 4:00pm End of Year BEACH PARTY!

Sunday, June 25th 1:00pm - 5:00pm Let's Build an Ark - VBS NOAH Prep