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Children's Ministries

What is rooted in the heart of a child is almost impossible to uproot in the life of an adult.

 

Educating, encouraging and supporting children are priorities at St. Paul’s. Our children’s outreach ministries connect loving volunteers with students, inspiring hope and a vision of the future. We serve as role models and help students see what they can achieve.

 

Our goal is to practice and demonstrate the very skills that the world requires: confidence, perseverance, self-control, goal setting, civility, building and nurturing relationships and making good decisions. By sharing God’s love, we are helping to create a healthy future for children and families in our community.

 

There are three ministries for children at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. To volunteer to help, please click on the Volunteer button in the column at left. 

 

Adopt-A-Class

What do a hundred+ year-old church and an intermediate school have in common? They both love children! St. Paul’s and Newport Intermediate School have developed quite a bond.

Each year, volunteers from our parish adopt a class from the school, which has a significant level of need. Each child in the adopted class is given a “pen pal” from the parish, and these pairings exchange letters throughout the year. We also act as “lunch buddies” with our pen pals, meeting with him or her once a week to share lunch and conversation and help with homework as needed. This gives the children, who are selected by the teacher, extra encouragement and support. We inspire our class to think about their future by arranging for speakers to talk with the children about their work experience and education. Guest speakers in the past have demonstrated welding, focused on water safety, played the cello and talked about being a lawyer. We even participate in holiday parties and field trips like Red’s games and Duck Boat rides.

 

 

HUGS

It is difficult for children to learn and thrive when they are not dressed appropriately for school or protected from the weather.

HUGS is one more way we partner with Newport Intermediate School. Gifts of Hats, Underwear, Gloves and Socks are provided to the Family Resource Center to be distributed where there is a need.

 

 

Reading Camp

Children naturally want to fit in and feel a sense of accomplishment. Imagine how difficult it would be to keep up with your classmates if you struggled with the basics of reading.

Reading Camp is an annual week-long program for third and fourth graders who read below grade level. The campers, nominated by their teachers, receive personal instruction and practice each day with an adult volunteer. And it’s not all work! Campers swim, eat pizza and go on field trips including a tour of the library. Getting their own library card helps keep campers’ interest high after the week is over.

Reading Camp is a week that pays dividends for a lifetime.

St. Paul’s plays a key role in organizing, funding and staffing this annual program, sponsored by the Episcopal Church. We invite you to make a real, tangible difference in the life of a child.