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.

High School Youth Group Events

 

Sunday 4/28/2019 Avengers: Endgame Outing and Welcome Lunch
The most anticipated movie of 2019 is Avengers: Endgame. We will start at St. Mary’s by welcoming the newest members to our High School Youth Group with lunch. Then, we will go as a group to experience the end of an era movie. Tickets will be $7 a person. Please let Mr. Zach know if your child will be attending by April 1st by emailing him at zachdyrda@stmaryspr.org.

Sunday 5/12/2019 Youth Sunday
Join us at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church for a celebration of our incredible youth! During this time we acknowledge the wonderful ministries and service of our Youth and Children. Our Youth will lead our entire service. Afterward, we invite you to a delicious barbecue from Smoques. A bouncy house will also be available for the fun our or children and youth after church. So come on down and bring a friend for this fun day at St. Mary’s.

Middle School Youth Group

What: Middle School Formation Who: 6th to 8th 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 zachdyrda@stmaryspr.org or 847-268-3527
Description: Our children 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.

Middle School Youth Group Events

 

Sunday 4/28/2019 Avengers: Endgame Outing and Welcome Lunch
The most anticipated movie of 2019 is Avengers: Endgame. We will start at St. Mary’s by welcoming the newest members to our High School Youth Group with lunch. Our 8th Graders are welcome to join the High Schooler for lunch after Church. The rest of the middle schoolers (6th and 7th graders, and incoming 6th graders (the current 5th graders) will meet us at the Theatre at the time of the movie.  We are going as a group to experience the end of an era. Memories and friendships will be made. Tickets will be $7 a person. Please let Mr. Zach know if your child will be attending by April 1st by emailing him at zachdyrda@stmaryspr.org.

Sunday 5/12/2019 Youth Sunday
Join us at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church for a celebration of our incredible youth! During this time we acknowledge the wonderful ministries and service of our Youth and Children. Our Youth will lead our entire service. Afterward, we invite you to a delicious barbecue from Smoques. A bouncy house will also be available for the fun our or children and youth after church. So come on down and bring a friend for this fun day at St. Mary’s.

Elementary School, Grades 2 - 5

What: 2nd-5th Grade Formation
Who: Second through 5th Graders
When: Most Sundays 9:30am-10:30am from September through May
Contact: Zach Dyrda at zachdyrda@stmaryspr.org or 847-268-3527
Description: St. Mary’s welcomes the children between 2nd and 5th grade to grow in their relationship with God and each other.  We meet from September through May at 9:45am-10:30am. The curriculum we use is Seasons of the Spirit. Our focus is to teach our children’s God’s ways, God’s love, and how to share that with people.

Elementary School, Grades 2-5 Events

Sunday 4/21/2019   Easter Egg Hunt
Join for Saint Mary’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt where 600 Easter Eggs are hidden throughout the church. Ages 2 to 10 are open to join the Easter Egg Hunt.  There will be designated areas for the smallest members. Please bring your Easter Baskets to church to collect your eggs. 

Sunday 5/12/2019 Youth Sunday
Join us at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church for a celebration of our incredible youth! During this time we acknowledge the wonderful ministries and service of our Youth and Children. Our Youth will lead our entire service. Afterward, we invite you to a delicious barbecue from Smoques. A bouncy house will also be available for the fun our or children and youth after church. So come on down and bring a friend for this fun day at St. Mary’s.

 

Nursery

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.
Contact: Zach Dyrda at zachdyrda@stmaryspr.org or 847-268-3527
Description: St. Mary’s welcomes our youngest friends as they have a chance to learn and play. The nursery is available year-round from 9:30 AM and goes till 11 AM. 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: 3 years old to 6 years old
When: Most Sundays 9:30am-10:30am from September through May
Contact: Zach Dyrda at zachdyrda@stmaryspr.org 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.