Children’s Programs & Events

We offer many programs for children and families with small children. In addition to the opportunities listed below, there are several events throughout the year for the whole family.

We also have a Families with Young Children group. You can learn more about that group here.

 We are always in need of adult volunteers, so if you are interested in helping out or if you have any questions, please contact:

Libby Sullivan
615-790-0527
libby@stpaulsfranklin.com

Godly Play

Godly Play is for preschoolers through 5th grade. We meet at the 10 AM formation hour in the Godly Play room across from Damascus. Children learn about Parables, Sacred Stories, and Liturgical Action to discover the depths of God, ourselves, one another, and the world around them. 

Children’s Chapel

Children’s Chapel takes place during the morning worship service. It is our time together to worship, write prayers, and learn about the lesson’s of the day. Little ones up to 5th grade leave during the gospel hymn and return during the peace. During this time we learn about the lessons that are read during the service, talk about our lives, laugh through activities, and write our own prayers that are blessed during the Offertory.

Week of Wonder (WOW)

Week of Wonder is our summer VBS program. It is a week-long summer program for 3 year olds through rising 4th graders  that combines learning, fun, and fellowship for participants and volunteers. The themes vary each year, and volunteers are essential to WOW success. Volunteers from rising 5th graders to adults are welcome and needed. 

The dates for 2022 are June 20 – 23 (9 am – 12 noon). We will have a closing program and pot-luck dinner to cap off the whole week on Thursday evening. Everyone is invited!

Nursery

The nursery is available on Sunday mornings from 8:30 until 12:15 to care for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years.

Upcoming Events


Bedtime Book Club
Bedtime Book Club is back for the season of Lent! Parents, join us on Zoom from 8:30-9:15 pm Wednesdays during Lent as we discuss The Hopeful Family: Raising Resilient Children in Uncertain Times by Amelia Richardson Dress. You can order the book here. Our first meeting will be March 9th.

St. Pauls Week of Wonder!
Save the dates for June 20-23rd from 9-12. Children ages 3-rising 4th graders are invited to participate in this super fun week of learning, sharing and playing together. Children who are rising 5th graders and older are invited to participate as volunteers and helpers.

Camp Gailor-Maxon
Camp Gailor-Maxon is back after a 2 year Pandemic hiatus! There are several CGM alumni in our parish, from ages 5 to 75. If you are looking for a great Episcopal summer camp for your children, I happily recommend it! Here are the dates for 2022:

Pre-Camp/Mini-Maxon June 9-12: This camp is for rising 1st-3rd graders (with a parent) and is a great intro to camp before children are old enough to go to a sleep away camp on their own.

Camp I: Rising 10th graders-College Freshmen June12-18
Camp II: Rising 7th-9th graders: June 19-25
Camp III: Rising 4th-6th graders: June 26-July 2

Our Very First Family Retreat
Save the date for August 26-28th. You don’t want to miss our first Family Retreat. We will be staying at DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, which is about 1.5 hours from Franklin. We will swim, hike, hang out around the campfire, and play some fun games before we wrap up with an outdoor Eucharist on Sunday morning. If you have questions or would like to join the planning committee, please email libby@stpaulsfranklin.com.