Children & Youth
We are an intergenerational, inclusive community that loves God and serves others. Come join us!
Starting Sunday, October 31, we will resume Children and Youth Christian Formation Classes in person.
Classes for all ages will meet from 9:00-9:45 am on Sundays. Weather permitting, we will meet outdoors. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.
Read on for more information about specific class offerings and our community of faith.
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All Saints' is an inclusive community that encourages the exploration of faith. We welcome you and your children in our worship services, programs and activities designed to help us live into the Biblical teachings of Jesus. Whether you are new to Austin or new to church, there is a place for you at All Saints’, and we look forward to getting to know you and your children.
In the Episcopal Church, the cornerstones of our faith and sources of authority are scripture, tradition, and reason. Our Christian formation programs for children, youth, and adults encourage spiritual growth so individuals and the church community become more like Christ. At All Saints’ a variety of creative, safe, and loving programs help children from birth through grade 12 become Bible-literate, but not Bible-literal, and come to know a loving, liberating, and life-giving God.
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Nursery – Our nursery offers a loving, safe, and nurturing environment for children from birth to age 4. Parents, please bring a labeled bag (family photo on the outside, too, if possible) with diapers, bottles, and any other items your child might need.
Pre-K – Grade 2 Class – The Godly Play curriculum nurtures spiritual lives by using story, wonder, and play to help children make meaning of Bible stories, Christ’s teachings, the Church year, and our worship service.
Grades 3-5 Class – The Production Company curriculum engages children’s lively imaginations and creativity as they explore their faith through performance, art, games, and service. Around an annual theme like hope, justice, stewardship or sacraments, children plan and host a Bible Theme Park, write, and produce two short biblical films, and recap the year’s learning in a Bible Time Machine play.
Grades 6-8 Class – Using Weaving God’s Promises, a 3-year curriculum developed especially for Episcopal youth, our young people discover through discussion, action, and play how God’s promises for us are inseparably woven into our daily lives. True to the Episcopal way, they do this in community, using scripture, tradition, and reason.
Grades 9-12 Class – High school youth explore their faith through discussion, biblical study, fellowship, and service to others. Together, they investigate how their faith shapes their lives as they become young adults and how to make an impact on the world around them.
EYC - Episcopal Youth Community
EYC is a special fellowship group for those in the 6th through 12th Grades. EYC meets twice monthly for fellowship, fun, and growth in Jesus’ spirit. Youth eat, laugh, take awesome mission and field trips together, and help around the church. The goal is simple: have as much fun as possible and be excellent to one another! On a typical EYC outing, bring $5 for lunch, and know that friends are always welcome.
EYC is a core part of our youth program. We believe that youth groups can be one of the most important groups a young person belongs to. For six years we travel together through the challenges of middle school and high school. We create a safe space to talk about our lives, enjoy spending time together, consider spiritual matters, or live out our baptismal covenant. Our youth community is a place for a young person to grow into themselves in Christian community. Some of our events are devotional; some are just for fun; but all are in the company of others on the Christian path.
Acolyting presents a visible and tangible way that the youth serve the parish as well as a way that they participate in stewardship by offering their time and talent. The acolyte program at All Saint’s is philosophically part of our youth ministry. Acolytes rotate among four acolyte roles at Sunday services. Acolytes have an opportunity to serve as Crucifer/Altar Server, Gospel Server, Gospel Torch, and Epistle Torch. With this approach, we seek to instill in the youth that all roles at the altar are important and that serving your parish when it needs you represents true service.
We do just-in-time on-the-job training. New acolytes review and rehearse their roles 20-30 minutes before their Sunday morning service, focusing on what to do and how to serve with the appropriate decorum and posture.
Our acolytes work together to fundraise and take an annual trip to the National Acolyte Festival. We take advantage of our location by offering the church parking lot for the UT home football games asking for freewill donations.
We welcome all parishioners to become involved with the Acolyte ministry, especially youth of acolyting age (9+ years old) and their parents. We are ready to help you serve in this ministry.
Policies and Safety
Policies – All volunteers working with children and youth are certified in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas Safeguarding God’s Children Training and comply with Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth.
Covid-19 Safety – All Saints’ is committed to health and safety for all. We are following the latest public health, CDC and diocesan guidance for sanitation and gathering safely, and are adjusting as needed to fit changing conditions. We ask everyone’s flexibility as we navigate this time of change.