Children and Youth

Children’s Ministry

Before Covid-19, St. Paul’s children’s ministry was operating 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.

We were successfully completing those goals by offering quality Sunday school classes, including “Godly Play” and many hands on learning lessons, called EXPLORE lessons, around the church. We were also introducing every youth into a role within our 10:30 service and had a wiggle rug within the service for young children.

Since Covid-19, our priorities and goals have shifted.
1. Teaching, encouraging and supporting kids’ relationship with God.
2. Use this time to teach kids about the liturgy of the Holy Eucharist.
3. Give kids the opportunity for weekly worship in a non-virtual format.
4. Help kids stay connected to the habit and normalcy of weekly worship.
5. Connect kids to their church and community.

We are working towards these goals by providing a Children’s Service of Holy Eucharist outdoors each Sunday. This service has the familiarity of Holy Eucharist with simpler language and more interaction.

Children’s Service

of Holy Eucharist

For anyone who feels comfortable, we invite you to St. Paul’s parking lot every Sunday for a Children’s Service of Holy Eucharist: Outdoor, distanced, masked.

Service Details

This service is designed especially with children in mind, and thus bears a sensitivity toward non-readers, embodied engagement, sensory experiences, and simpler vocabulary. We hope that the childlike (not childish) design of this service will speak to all who are present.
Bring the kids, grandkids or just yourself. RSVP here.

  • You will receive an email/text by 8:45 a.m. that morning if we have to cancel because of rain.
  • 9:30 a.m. in St. Paul’s parking lot.
  • Please park on the street.
  • Bring chairs or a blanket for your family.
  • Please try to use the bathroom at home before arrival.
  • Wear your mask. It would be great for kids to wear masks too. Though once we’re in our circles we have been taking them off because the heat and humidity are intense.
  • Large circles will be drawn on the ground for each family. Find a circle. Stay in your circle please.
  • Hand sanitizer will be in each circle.
  • We will have a short service, including communion. There will be no wine.
  • After the service, each family will be asked to leave one by one.

Meet Laurie Pierce

Children's Minister (Volunteer)

My name is Laurie. It rhymes with sorry. I have 3 crazy kiddos: Aleea (6), Hazel (4), and Lucas (2)! My husband is Adam, aka St. Paul’s assistant rector. Children’s ministry is a position I’ve always been interested in, way before Adam was in the picture! This is work I love to do and was made to do.

speckids@spechurch.com

(910) 524-8116

Read More About Laurie

You may not know … I grew up Episcopalian and had a wonderful example of a children’s minister in my church. I started working in the church nursery at age 12 and served as an assistant camp counselor at the Episcopal camp in Alabama (Camp Beckwith) for many summers. During high school, my passion was being the main leader and coordinator in the Christian club on campus. 

I majored in religion and philosophy and minored in youth ministry during college. The plan then was to pursue becoming a youth minister. But I knew I needed to widen my perspective and life experience before ministering to kids, which is why I joined the Peace Corps.

I taught kids in China for two years, while organizing an orphanage volunteer team, book club, women’s group and cooking club. All of my professional work experience has been with children, elementary through high school age. I worked in schools teaching intervention groups and assisting autistic 7th graders.  I love kids, always have. I also love planning and organizing; hence why children’s ministry is perfect for me.

But above everything, being a part of a child’s life, teaching them about God, walking with them throughout the seasons, sharing our stories, learning how to pray and meditate together, this is why I am here. 

Thank you for having me.

St. Paul’s Kids:
“The Lord is Risen!”