Children & Youth Formation

We believe that every child, from the cradle through high school, is a unique gift from God--having an innate spirituality. We believe that as part of the Body of Christ children are equal members of our congregation. We strive to provide an opportunity for young people to develop a relationship with God.

Children's Formation: Change Is Coming

With Fall approaching and the school year starting, we enter our season of change. At St. Mary's we have been seeking to be faithful in keeping people safe, while still gathering together to worship. We are exploring in-person meetings. Going forward this September we are going to be offering in-person experiences for our children. Below you will find our very first gathering experiences. Some will take place at the church with families and others will take place at a near by park. All will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Reservations will also be required.


What: A safe place for our littlest friends
Who: Newborn to 3 years old.
When: Year-round. Begins at 9:30 AM and goes till the end of the 10 AM service.
Where: The Nursery is located in the lower level.
Contact: Zach Dyrda at or 847-268-3527
Description: St. Mary’s welcomes our youngest friends as they have a chance to learn and play.  If your child has specific needs please let us know so we can accommodate.

Atrium Pre-School Program

What: Exploration through discovering learning about faith and God.
Who: 4 years old to 6 years old
When: Most Sundays 9:30am-10:30am from September through May
Where: Lower Level Classroom
Contact: Zach Dyrda at or 847-268-3527 Description: St. Mary’s welcomes our younger preschool age children to explore their relationship with God and each other. We meet from September through May at 9:45am-10:30am. This is a Montessori based curriculum called Catechesis of the Good Sheperd.

Youth Group

What: Youth Group
 Who: 6th to 12th Grades
When: Every First and Third Sundays at 11:30am to 1:00pm between September and May
Where: Youth Room on the Second floor
Contact: Zach Dyrda at or 847-268-3527
Description: Our youth are invited to explore their faith through discussion and fellowship. During our time together, two adults guide the children through various themes, stories, peoples, and events from the Bible.