CHILDREN & YOUTH IN FAITH
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St. David’s strives to inspire and equip each person—from youngest to oldest—to follow Jesus into a loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with God, creation, and each other. Our goal is to provide a safe, open environment that supports exploration of questions, doubts, and fears—a place where you are warmly welcomed no matter where you are in your faith journey. Through prayer, building community, formation, and mission, we try to create space for all people to grow in their faith and engage in issues that are relevant today.
Infant to 3 Years
Our "Narthex Nursery" will continue to be available through the spring. Your little ones are always welcome. Parents are also welcome.
Age 3 through 5th Grade
Children's Ministry takes place on Sunday mornings during the school year at the 9:30 service based on a rotating schedule.
Early in the service, a young Crucifer leads children and leaders to a classroom for a half-hour lesson with our Children's Minister or Godly Play Minister. Children return to the nave in time to join their families for communion and dismissal.
Based on stories of our faith, our Godly Play program is rooted in the Montessori tradition of learning. It invites children to hear stories and then either create something or act out the story in their own way. Storytelling builds community by working together, each child using their experiences and creativity to share stories as a group.
Our new children's time classroom is a multi-purpose room for arts and crafts, games, and song time. Each Sunday is a new adventure, learning Bible basics, sharing our highs and lows of the week, and exploring what it means to be beloved community.
Amplify is a worship service lead by youth, for youth, and everyone is welcome. Come as you are for this laid back and contemporary prayer and worship service in the Oratory Room.
Ecumenical Youth Ministry Fellowship
A new collaborative group is forming, including the youth ministers and youth groups from St. David's, Trinity Episcopal in Excelsior, Excelsior United Methodist, and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. This group focuses on ecumenical connections, learning about different expressions of being the church in the world, and working together toward a common purpose and call.
April 19 - Baking night at Mount Calvary
April 22 - Worship & Coffeehouse, Dinner & Bake
Sale at Mount Calvary
May 19 - The Prom at Chanhassen Dinner Theater
Youth Group is for all youth grades 6-12 and happens Every Wednesday during the school year.
Youth Group is a space for young people to create community, have fun, talk about life and faith, and bring their full selves. All are welcome!
Love in Fellowship and Truth
This is our youth group with our friends at Trinity Episcopal Church in Excelsior and the location rotates between the two churches. LIFT meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, and we always start with dinner together. This group's focus is on Peer Ministry and building beloved community.
ECMN Youth Camp - June 11-15
All youth going into grades 6-12 are invited to come to camp this summer at Shores of St. Andrew in New London, MN.
In the Episcopal Church, confirmation is “the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength through prayer and the laying on of hands by the bishop.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 860)
2022-23 Confirmation Class dates:
November 13 - The Christian Story
December 11 - Worship and Sacraments
January 22 - Social Issues
February 26 - Our Local Ministry
Classes will be held on the listed Sundays from 11:45am-1:15pm. Lunch will be provided!
Confirmation is a go at your own pace program for young people, 9th grade and above, who are interested in publicly re-affirming their baptismal vows. Each student is paired with a mentor, who has received training, to guide the student throughout the confirmation process as they complete specified tasks and responsibilities. Confirmation requires students to explore service to community, congregational involvement, and faith formation. Our team of clergy and lay volunteers lead a class where we examine the basics of the Christian faith, making room for prayer, reflection, and questioning. Upon completing the Confirmation journey, students write a statement of faith and are publicly confirmed at a special service with the Bishop.