Children and Youth Ministry
At Saint Gabriel’s all our children are cherished members of the Body of Christ - the living saints! We take seriously the promise that is made during the service of Holy Baptism - to do all in our power to support our children in their life in Christ. All children and youth are welcome to serve as acolytes, ushers, lay readers, and outreach missioners and evangelizers.
At every Sunday service the clergy deliver a Children's story based on the Gospel reading for the day. The children along with their teachers and child care providers gather at the front for the story and then go to classes. They return for the Peace and Eucharist. Child care is provided by Mildred and Nellie every Sunday. Sunday School coincides with the school calendar year but child care is provided every Sunday.
The third Sunday of the month is YOUTH SERVICE SUNDAY. There is no Sunday School on this day and the children perform all the ministries of the service including Altar Guild, Acolyte, Readings, Ushers, Offertory and more. This is a time for the youth to take ownership of the service, fully participate in the service and learn in a meaningful way about what each part of the service means. All youth are invited to participate in ways they are most comfortable.
2017 Acolyte Festival at the National Cathedral
Click here to see the vidio of our acolytes processing into the National Cathedral with the clergy and seminarian of Saint Gabriel's ~ San Gabriel on Saturday, October 7th, 2017
YOUTH STATIONS OF THE CROSS at the Chapel in the Woods on Good Friday 2017
All youth and their parents are invited to join us for this special LENTEN event. This presentation of the Stations of the Cross will be child and teen friendly and offers an age appropriate reflective look at Jesus' final hours. We have done a similar practice of this walk in Sunday School. On Good Friday, at the Chapel in the Woods will walk through all the stations.
Over the past few weeks we have been studying the traditions of Easter. We learned about the Paschal Candle, Stations of the Cross, Palm Sunday. Deacon Holly helped us remember the complete story of easter by sharing the resurrection eggs with us. .
SUNDAY SCHOOL MARCH 26, 2017
This week we learned about two lesson from today's service. First we learned the story of how Jesus healed the blind man from John 9:1-41. To help us remember the story we made a special moving art piece. 1)The man could not see. 2) Jesus picked up mud from the earth and placed his muddy hands over the mans eyes 3)When the man washed it away he could see.
In the second part of our lesson we learned about today's Psalm 23. This is a very familiar Psalm, but for some of the students it's the first time they are hearing these words. To help us remember and follow this PSALM we made a prayer bead key ring. Each color of the bead represents a line in the PSALM. At the end of the prayer we ring the bell to celebrate that we will "dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
YOUTH SERVICE SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017
During this week's Youth Service Sunday we focused on all the stories from the readings and the Gospel that spoke about water. The students joined Fr. Daniel in a special blessing of the water and they were able to take a small bottle of this "Living Water" home with them to use in special ways.
LENT 2017 IS HERE AND WE ARE LEARNING ALL THE SYMBOLS AND TRADITIONS OF THIS SOLEMN SEASON
SUNDAY SCHOOL, MARCH 5, First Sunday of LENT
For this first Sunday of Lent we followed Jesus' footsteps through the STATIONS OF THE CROSS. At each station we picked up a symbolic object to represent what Jesus was feeling. Each station and each object is reminder that Jesus is showing us how to make through difficult times in our life. At the end of the walk we each carried home a cross with all of our symbols connected to the cross. We will continue to practice walking through the stations of the cross during the coming weeks.
We talked about each step and what it must have felt like for Jesus to be arrested. We learned that through the pain Jesus trusted in God. We met Simon who was pulled from the crowd unexpectedly to help and how we are called to help others unexpectedly sometimes. We learned about Veronica stepping forward to do what she could to comfort Jesus and how we
can look for ways to be like Veronica. Each one of us tapped the nail into our cross and imagined what Jesus was thinking in his final moments. And in the end we learned that there was good news and we should trust in God. We opened the tomb and found NEW LIFE.
SHROVE TUESDAY, February 28th
We learned during the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper that we don't use the word Alleluia during the Lenten Season so we created Alleluia images and then buried them in a special box. On Easter Sunday we will raise up our Alleluia's again.
SUNDAY SCHOOL February 26th
We prepared a Lenten "WREATH" to remind us of all the events coming up in the next 40 Days. The wreath featured images of Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It also showed the STATIONS OF THE CROSS. In the coming weeks we will be walking the stations of the cross in a special way.
SUNDAY JANUARY 22 AND JANUARY 29- LESSON FROM MATTHEW
SUNDAY JANUARY 15th-YOUTH SERVICE SUNDAY
This Sunday we celebrated the Gospel John I:23-34. As part of Youth Service Sunday we all processed in together with our streamers of "fire". During the Children's Story Father Daniel had us
hold the LIGHT of God in our hands. It was a powerful representation. As usual each student took on their rolls in the service as Altar Guild, Acolyte, readers, ushers, gift bearers. We are enjoying great feedback from participants and parents as we continue to add to this monthly service. Our next YOUTH SERVICE SUNDAY will be February 19th.
SUNDAY SCHOOL JANUARY 8th
This Sunday we celebrated the Baptism of Catherine and Luna.
CHRISTMA 2016- During the Christmas Eve Service we ended with the traditional candlelight Silent Night. The Following Sunday we completed the nativity. We learned that the shepherds and the wisemen had not arrived the same night Jesus was born. We traveled from the fields into Bethlehem. Then we followed the journey of the Wisemen. We also played a game by hiding and searching for the characters in the nativity scene. Every time we found one we named the character and put them in their place in the scene.
This week in Sunday School we continued to talk about preparing for the coming of Jesus. In order to prepare we need to know and understand the true story and the order of events that took place. First, we watched a funny video that tells the story (well almost). After the video we talked about which parts were factual and which parts well a little out of place in the true story. Review the story and different versions and talk about this great historical event.
ADVENT IS HERE • SUNDAY SCHOOL • November 27, 2016 • December 4, 2016
We are preparing for Christmas. Our lesson for the past two weeks has focused on Advent. We watched the video "Advent in 2minutes." It is a quick lesson on what Advent is all about and how it is different from Lent. We also made an advent LAPBOOK. We will be using this lap book folder method to learn other lessons in the coming year. It's one way to keep lots of information on one subject all in one place for review and the kids have fun making them. In nursery school we introduced this Advent action prayer. You can use this at bedtime and practice at home as a reminder.
SUNDAY SCHOOL • NOVEMBER 13, 2016
Our lesson this week focused on the PSALMS. We talked about the poetry of psalms and how comforting they can be in times of hurt or sadness. We also found a list of psalms that focus on being thankful. We built a Thanksgiving tree with the list and suggested that this tree be part of your Thanksgiving table prayer and discussions. Here is a sample of the tree we made and here is the list of 28 psalms of thanks that you can print at home. The list also has questions and activities for each psalm. THANKSGIVING PSALMS
SUNDAY SCHOOL • OCTOBER 30, 2016
After watching a video about Zacchaeus from Luke 19:1-10 we recreated the story in our own way. We also had a little fun creating a pumpkin prayer.
YOUTH SERVICE• SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2016
Thanks to all the youth who participated in the service. Thanks to Molly and Ella for helping with the Altar.
SUNDAY SCHOOL OCTOBER 16, 2016
Here is what our youth discovered at the Chapel in the Woods. Their assignment was to take photos that match these words: Heaven, Life, God, Creation, Creatures, Love, The Cross or anything that reminds them of God. We've matched their photos with the Psalms. Here's a sample and more to come.
SUNDAY SCHOOL OCTOBER 16, 2016
Another special day as the youth of St. Gabriel's celebrated the baptism of Garrett at the beautiful Chapel In The Woods.
SUNDAY SCHOOL • OCT 9, 2016
The nursery school and elementary school students learned a lesson of thanks today from the Gospel Story Luke 17. Following the video story each student drew their own reminder of "Ten Were Healed But Only One Said Thank You."
FIVE WAYS TO TEACH GRATITUDE
1. Count your blessings, literally. Talk about and name the blessing you have in your family
2. Memorize verses about thankfulness.
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.
1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
3. Give to others who are less fortunate. It reminds us to be thankful for what we have.
4. Pray. Personal conversations with God that begin with thank you teach us to gratitude
. Be a good example. Our children are listening and watching.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016
The nursery school group learned a new song "Thank You Lord for Making Me"
The elementary school group had two lessons. First, we took a closer look at the children's altar. Each week, we begin Sunday School by gathering in a circle around the children's altar. During this weeks lesson we re-built the altar piece by piece and learned the names for each item. The students also learned that Father Daniel uses some of the same items on the main altar to prepare communion each week during the service. Some of the terms we learned were ALTAR TABLE, CHALICE, CROSS, PATEN, CORPORAL, PURIFICATOR,
Our second lesson was from the Gospel. Each student "planted" their own seed of faith and learned the power of growing your faith and changing the world.
SUNDAY SCHOOL • SEPT 25, 2016
This was a special day for all the students and the congregation as we witnessed the baptism of Ethan and his Mom Ann Donahue. Baptisms are always special at St. Gabriels as all the children are invited to the water basin to be part of the blessing of the water.