St. John’s offers a staffed nursery for our parishioners with children ages 3 months to 4 years between 10am and 12pm on Sunday mornings. School aged children are encouraged to join our Sunday School program.
In nursery, the staff engage our kids in creative play, supervise the independent players, and make sure they have a safe environment to learn and grow. “Lessons” consist of singing songs, coloring pages, and telling stories that align with the lectionary or holidays. Please label any personal items that come with your child to nursery especially snacks and juice cups!
Meet the Staff
Ashley is a Senior at SVSU studying Social Work. Ashley has spent the last 9 years working with children in a daycare/preschool and as a nanny. She is expected to graduate May 2018 and hopes to work with young children and their families!
Emily Brown is a freshman who plays rugby at SVSU. Emily is pursuing a career as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She works at a daycare and volunteers as a Great Lakes Caring hospice companion
Mallory, who joined our nursery staff in 2014, is a recent graduate of Saginaw Valley State University and a major in Early Childhood Development. A scholarship-winning winning pageant competitor as well as a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City, where she grew up.
Frolic Nursery Program
St. John’s uses the SparkHouse: Frolic program in our nursery! This nursery evolution enhances caring and supervised play to a Christian formation experience for our toddlers and preschoolers! Children will hear stories, sing songs, and participate in projects that introduce the foundations of our faith such as prayer, creation, and loving one another. They will also be lead through an intentional reading of the Frolic First Bible which is also available on Amazon in you would like to purchase one for home! Parents of nursery students can expect a faith-based and age-appropriate monthly newsletter and reports from our caregivers each week that their child participates in the nursery. We’re excited to help bring our youngest members into a closer relationship with God and our young families into a closer relationship with each other!
Is my child ready for Sunday School?
Your child may be ready to move out of the nursery and into a more traditional Sunday School classroom if they can…
- comfortably separate from you (such as a visit with a friend)
- appear to be interested in going with the “big kids” and making new friends
- speak clearly enough to be understood by others
- follow a short set of directions (“first we’ll listen to the story, then we’ll use our stickers”)
- express emotions, needs, and requests
- enjoy participating in group activities
Parents Need Support, too!
Let’s be honest, sometimes getting a crew of children ready and out the door for church can be a struggle, but you have support! Check out some of these blog posts written by other members to see where they find love, help, and support while trying to raise a worshiping family.
- Finding a “Church Grandma” … or Aunt or Uncle
- Liturgy as Learning
- The Church Nursery | A Blessing of Convenience
Blog: Grow Christians
Check out this featured blog “Grow Christians” which offers continues encouragement and advice for nurturing your worshiping family! www.growchristians.org
Be a Nursery Volunteer!
The Episcopal Church has long been a leader among religious institutions in its effort to ensure that every congregation is a safe place for children. When working with children, St. John’s requires that at least one adult has been trained in the Safeguarding God’s Children™ program, to reduce the risk for abuse. However, we require at least two adults to be present when working with our youth. This protects our youth and our volunteers as well as provides the opportunity for strong inter-generational relationships. Can you volunteer to help with Nursery? Even though our staff works hard they sometimes need a break! If you are available to fill in as a nursery substitute on an as needed basis please contact Amy Simons for more information.