Children + Youth Ministries

St. Paul’s children and youth ministries operate under three main goals:

  1. Teaching, encouraging and supporting kids’ relationship with God.
  2. Integrate kids into all parts of St. Paul’s community and worship.
  3. Give kids opportunities to serve and relate to our greater community.

If you have questions about our children and youth ministry offerings, please email speckids@spechurch.com.

Children

SUNDAY SCHOOLRegistration Form
Most Sundays from 9:30-10:15 a.m., upstairs in the Children’s Wing
Godly Play Class (Ages 4-7)
Children of the Good Shepherd (Ages 8-11)
Hands-On Learning Approach/Biblical-Based Lessons & EXPLORE Lessons to learn more about our church!

NURSERY–Registration Form
Every Sunday from 9:15 a.m.-noon
Upstairs in the Children’s Wing
InfantAge 5

Youth

EPISCOPAL YOUTH COMMUNITY (EYC)
Most Sundays from 9:3010:15 a.m. in the Library
Grades 612
EYC is exactly what the name says: youth learning about their faith in the Episcopal church through community and fellowship. EYC will be a casual hang-out with a variety of activities, discussion, games, projects and more.
Leaders: Ashley Eason, Julie Fredericksen, Matt Langley, Allen Lee, Paula Waterfield, Martha & Tucker Whitesides

YOUTH SUMMER MISSION 2022
Glory Ridge Camp
July 38, 2022
Join St. Paul’s for a mission trip to Marshall, NC, and Glory Ridge. Father Caleb has a long-standing relationship with this ministry, having accompanied many groups of young people and adult chaperones to this holy place. During the summer, Glory Ridge hosts church groups for weeklong mission trips to help neighbors in Madison County with urgent home repair needs. Glory Ridge’s rustic facilities have been built primarily by volunteers over the years and the camp has always emphasized “making work worship.”

Rising 7th12th graders are encouraged to register for this unforgettable and formative experience. Questions? Talk to Caleb, Allen, or Came Lee. Want to register? Go to https://forms.gle/NyjEzKJwjDwvxQc46.

Worship

ACTIVITY KITS: Bags and boxes are located in the back of the church and the entrance from the Parish Hall for different ages to use in the pews, including our children’s worship bulletin The Sunday Paper. Please return when church is over.

GET INVOLVED: Youth are invited to serve as acolytes, readers, ushers and more.

Meet Our VOLUNTEERS and NURSERY STAFF

Martha Whitesides

Children, Youth and Family Committee Chair
Martha has served in youth and family ministry for ten years in addition to working with Ministry Architects. She enjoys combining her love of young people and The Episcopal Church with formation and fellowship for all ages.

Anne O’Dell

Lead Teacher – Godly Play (ages 4-7)
Anne has taught in our Godly Play classroom since 2017. She enjoys sharing part of her Sunday morning with our children and exploring the stories of the Bible together.

Rev. Catherine Powell

Lead Teacher – Children of the Good Shepherd (ages 8-11)
Catherine is a retired priest who has long had an interest in children’s spirituality. She is looking forward to getting to know the kids at St. Paul’s!

Cecelia Peers

Teacher Children of the Good Shepherd (ages 8-11)
Cecelia has been a member of St. Paul’s since 2012 along with daughter Riley, who is  a 5th-grader. She enjoys sharing the love of Christ with St. Paul’s younger members, exploring church life and traditions, and learning alongside them.

Twink Barr

Nursery Coordinator
Since arriving at St. Paul’s in the summer of 2015, Twink has been involved in our Children’s ministries in various positions.  Currently she is the nursery coordinator and looks forward to working with our families with little ones up to five years old.

Lindsay Huff

Nursery Attendant
Lindsay recently moved to Wilmington from Pittsburgh, PA. She words for Pender County Schools as the Food Services Director. Lindsay loves working with children, stop by and meet her on a Sunday morning!

Elise Mutter

Nursery Attendant
Elise is from Raleigh. She recently graduated from UNC Wilmington. Elise grew up attending Christ Church, an Episcopal parish in Raleigh, where she was very involved in both the children and youth programs. She has always loved working in her church’s nursery  and babysitting young children and infants.

More About Elise

She works as the manager of Rebel Yoga and Pilates, where she teaches Pilates. Elise also works for small businesses helping with their social media, graphic design and administrative needs. In her free time she loves spending time at the beach with her friends and making art.

“I can’t wait to spend time with the little ones this year and support them as they grow in their faith,” she says.

Meaghan Thomas

Ministry Communicator
Meaghan has been a member at St. Paul’s since 2014 and also serves on our Vestry. 

“I am a teacher at Wrightsville Beach Elementary and love working with children and youth!” she says. “I am so excited for all of the wonderful things we have in store for the children here at St. Paul’s! When not at church or teaching, you can find me spending time with my family: my husband, Greg, and our daughter, Amelia (age 6!)”