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Kids

All are welcome at St. Margaret’s and the children and youth of our parish are integral members of our community. A significant number of our parishioners are families with children who choose St. Margaret’s over churches closer to home because we value the diversity, inclusiveness, and welcome embodiment of one Christ that we find here. Children and youth are involved in all aspects of our worship and our church life, participating, for example, not only in Sunday School but in Diocesan leadership, in church ministries, as acolytes, and in a children’s choir.

Sunday School

The Sunday School program for children and youth has grown and matured over the past several years. During the school year, we offer classes for children ages 4-18 with age appropriate curriculum. PreK-1st graders learn bible stories with Godly Play, 2nd & 3rd and 4th-5th classes follow the Weaving the Promises curriculum to learn lessons about the Bible, Episcopal tradition and worship, and living out their faith in service. 

The dedicated Jr and Sr High School class teachers use many different resources to help youth integrate their faith and their lives. In the fall of 2013, the youth took a mini-pilgrimage to NYC and have already started planning their next trip! A Rite 13 Service for the students and their families is held once per year, honoring students who turn 13 during the academic year. 

All classes meet during the education hour between the Sunday services, during the school year, from approximately 10:15 to 11:10 a.m. and are scattered in rooms throughout the church. If you are new, please ask a parishioner at the coffee hour for assistance finding the appropriate classroom for your child.

Children’s Choir

From 9:15-9:45 a.m. on Sundays during the school year, children in kindergarten-5th grade are invited to join Mr. Christian Hoff (tenor, music ed professional) for Children’s Choir practice in the Parlor. The children sing periodically in the 9:00am service, especially for major holidays. If you have questions about the children's choir, please contact our Director of Music Ted Guerrant, guerrant@umd.edu. 


Nursery

St. Margaret’s Nursery for children four and younger is open every Sunday during services. The children are under the loving and careful care of our professional childcare providers, who have many years of experience caring for children of all ages. When you arrive at the Church, ask the ushers to direct you to the nursery.


Special Needs

St. Margaret’s wishes to embrace all of God’s children. If your child has special needs, whether physical, developmental, or emotional, he or she is welcome at worship and at Sunday School. Contact our clergy for help determining what supports are available and how best to ensure that your child will have a positive experience.

Christmas Pageant


Each year, St. Margaret's presents the story of the Nativity with the participation of the children and youth of the parish. The story is recreated in dramatic (and highly creative!) form with the help of adults, and it is a cherished part of the Christmas Season at St. Margaret's.