Children and Youth

Children’s Ministry

St. Paul’s children’s ministry operates 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.

Children’s Ministry Offerings:

SUNDAY SCHOOL – Registration Form
Every Sunday from 9:30-10:15 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 10:00-12:00
upstairs in the Children’s Wing
Infant – Age 5

Located at front left side of the Nave from 10:15 – The Peace
sensory toys / coloring / baby toys
Ages 1 – 7 Supervised by Rug Shepherd
Parents may sit in reserved pew directly behind rug to allow children easy access if desired.

Located in the back of the church for ages 8 and up to use in the pew. Please return when church is over.

Youth choose varying roles including torch bearers, acolytes, readers, nursery assistants or passing the offering plates.

Meaghan Thomas

Children’s Ministry Communicator

Hello, my name is Meaghan Thomas and I am the Children’s Ministry Communicator at St. Paul’s. I’ve been a member here since 2014 and also currently serve on our Vestry. 

I am a teacher at Wrightsville Beach Elementary and I love working with children and youth!  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!)

Please reach out to me with any questions about Children’s Ministry!

Meet Our Nursery Coordinator & Teachers

Twink Barr

Nursery Coordinator
Since arriving at St. Paul’s in the summer of 2015, she 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.

Anne O’Dell

Lead Teacher – Godly Play (ages 4-7)
Anne O’Dell 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.

Catherine Powell

Lead Teacher – Children of the Good Shepherd (ages 8-11)
Catherine Powell 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. 

Camryn Gibson

Nursery Attendant
Camryn Gibson is from Greenville, NC. Camryn is a recent graduate of the UNCW Exercise Science program. She has a passion for health care and caring for others. In January of 2022 she will be attending nursing school at ECU.

“I am really looking forward to spending Sunday mornings in the nursery as I love working with children and their creative imaginations!” she says.



Elise Mutter

Nursery Attendant
Elise Mutter 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.