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.

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.

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.

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.