Children between the ages of six months and five years are welcome to participate in nursery care on Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Our nursery caregiver works directly with volunteers to provide loving care and attention for each child. All volunteers are provided appropriate training and given background checks. The nursery is a beautiful, bright room filled with age appropriate toys, books and learning materials. A quiet area is available for children that may want to rest. Rocking chairs are available for nursing mothers that choose to stay.
St. Thomas is committed to providing care that is safe and loving, striving to share the love of God with our youngest members.
We strive to encourage and equip believers of all ages to be transformed by the Word and Spirit of God, so that we may become more like Jesus. Children are a central part of our identity and mission. We believe children should be included in worship and make a point to actively welcome them. Education is hands-on, with lessons that strive to bring learning to life. Children are introduced to the bible, worship and outreach from an early age.
Church School is offered at St. Thomas during the 10:00 a.m. service. Children are invited to participate in a brief children’s message directly following the reading of the Gospel lesson. After the children’s message, children five years and older are invited to participate in a fun, interactive lesson that brings the Word of God to life. Children return to the service during the exchange of the Peace. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to join their children during their class time. We believe faith formation happens throughout the week and look for ways to encourage families in teaching their children discipleship.
Education happens both in and out the classroom at St. Thomas. Children and family members are encouraged to take advantage of the many special events offered throughout the year, including things like the Christmas pageant, talent shows, family game nights, the Pancake Supper, Easter egg hunt etc.
Vacation Bible School
St. Thomas is the host church for the shared Vacation Bible School of the Lancaster Episcopal Churches. Our VBS is well supported by both adult and teen volunteers. Previous VBS experiences have included “For all the Saints” and “Joseph: Journey from Prison to Palace”. Our VBS is well attended, both by members of the Episcopal churches and the larger community. Look for information in late spring.
Youth are actively welcomed and included at St. Thomas. There are many ways to be involved- as lectors, acolytes, choir members and in the larger community, helping refugees or feeding the hungry. Youth are invited to participate in the many special events hosted throughout the year, such as the annual Battle of All Saints football game, the Christmas pageant, Pancake Supper, talent shows and performances of every kind.
Diocesan Youth Ministry
All young people are invited and encouraged to participate in diocesan youth events. Regular events include a fall retreat, “Happenings”, Winter Retreat and Youth Summer Conference.
Adult Forum takes place between the services and deal with a wide variety of contemporary issues in the context of our faith. Specific topics are determined in the class in light of parish, community, diocesan, national, and world events which beg our attention. Guest speakers are invited when appropriate.
Christian education happens in many ways at St. Thomas. One such example is our faith formation website. This website offers monthly themes with prayers, sermons and articles to be used by individuals and families to deepen their faith.