St. Thomas Episcokids

Christian Education for Children

Grades Pre-K through 5th
Friends and Families,
 
Christian formation and education are important for all ages. Clergy, staff, and volunteers at St. Thomas work together in this important ministry; providing age-appropriate venues for children to learn about and experience their faith. You may hear me refer to the children of our parish as my Episcokids. Your children do become extensions of my family and it is my hope that together we can learn and grow in God’s love. We hope to see you at many upcoming Episcokid Events!
 
Blessings,
Ms. Erin

Weekly Programming

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Episcokids between the ages of 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to attend one of three classes Sunday mornings during the school year. Classes begin at 9:30am and conclude by 10:15am, at which time children join their parents for church.
 
The curriculum used on Sunday mornings is Whirl. Its goal, which coincides with the mission of St. Thomas Church, is to teach children the way of Christ, in both the church but also in the world. This program gives our children a solid grounding for future youth formation programs, which in turn will prepare them for Christian adulthood. 
 
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Children's Church
At St. Thomas, Children's church is offered during our 10:30am service. Children go to the chapel at the Sequence Hymn and return to the regular service at the Peace for Holy Communion. Children's Church includes an age appropriate sermon &  activities.
 
Nursery
The nursery is open on Sunday's from 8:45am - 12:30pm and on Wednesdays during dinner and programs. Nursery care is also available during special services and events throughout the year. Two nursery staff are present to welcome children ages 6 weeks through age 4. Electronic pagers are available for parents and staff.
 
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Wednesday Evening:
Food, Fellowship, & Formation 
This time at St. Thomas is a great mid-week break! You and your children will be refreshed by the Holy Spirit for the second half of the week.
 
We offer Eucharist in the Chapel at 5:30pm. Wednesday night supper begins at 5:45pm. The menu for each week is provided via our church's weekly Spiritual Adventures emailer. Reserve your meal online, via emailor by calling the church office by Monday afternoon. At 6:45pm the Episcokids meet for programming that includes Children's Choir and Faith Formation activities.

Special Events Throughout the Year 

Episcokid Workshops are held several times throughout the year. Previous workshops have included: Preparing the Way at Advent, A Walk through Holy Week, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: A Lenten Study, Prayer Stations and workshops focusing on the sacraments of the church.  Yearly events are listed below:
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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
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Book Bag Blessing 
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Animal Blessing 
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All Saints Day Parade
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Christmas Pageant
Epiphany Celebration
Easter Egg Hunt
Episcokid Excursions 
 

Outreach 

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Opportunities for outreach are available to children throughout the year. Examples of prior outreach include but are not limited to:
 
Angel Tree Program with the Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry (CVEM).
Ikowa Well Project, assisting a village in Tanzania, Africa, to renovate its ancient well and distribute clean water.
Community Homeless Initiative, collecting coins for the homeless.
Soles for Souls, collecting gently used shoes to be redistributed.
Nets For Life, collecting cash to buy nets to help against the spread of Malaria ($3,000).
LOCATION: 2100 Hilton Ave, Columbus GA 31906 SERVICES: Wednesday - 5:30 PM // Sunday - 8 AM & 10:30 AM OFFICE HOURS: 9am-2pm M-F P: (706)324-4264 E: office@stthomascolumbus.org