Children’s and Youth Ministries Updates October 24, 2021

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Greetings all. A few updates follow.

1) CREW will not be meeting tomorrow, Oct. 24, 2021, as originally scheduled. Our next meeting will be on Nov. 7, 2021.

2) Ms. Madeline looks forward to seeing everyone from ages 4 to 7th grade tomorrow, Oct. 24,  2021, at 10:15 a.m. for Sunday School. Hope for good weather so we can meet under our big red tent!

3)Trunk or Treat is cancelled for next week due to a scheduling conflict.  But we would still like to help UNICEF. Please keep a look out for an alternate plan.

4) We are still in need of leaders for Sunday School and hosts for CREW youth group activities.

Please let me know if you are interested in either. Thanks! 

Belinda Young-Payne.  

Children’s and youth ministries for October 2021

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St. Thomas’s Children’s and Youth Ministries will continue outdoor gatherings during October 2021. Below you will find dates and times for our Children’s and Youth ministries gatherings. Please prayerfully consider joining us in some way especially by donating time or talent. There will soon be a SignUp Genius for adults and families in our parish to volunteer to host an activity for our youth group. For children’s ministry, I ask that anyone called to serve or just come try it to see if you like it, please email me at or call me so we can talk about it further.

Children’s Ministry Schedule for October 2021
October   3   10:15  a.m. Sunday School
October 10   10:15  a.m.  Sunday School
October 17    10:15 a.m.   Sunday School
October 24    10:15  a.m.  Sunday School October 31     Family Church Sunday
October 31     Trunk or Treat for UNICEF after 10:30 a.m. worship service (UNICEF collection box additionally available between services)  

CREW Schedule for October 2021

October 10: Lunch and Activity: Plan new CREW bulletin board (bring your pictures of past activities), paint rocks for Spreading Positivity Project
October 24: Spread Positivity Rocks at Sean’s Place or another chosen spot

Blessings, Belinda Young-Payne

Children’s Ministries start-up for Fall 2021

Just a reminder that Sunday School for children aged 4 years to grade 6(7) begins tomorrow, September 12, 2021, in the red tents in the courtyard. We will begin Registration and Gathering at 10:15 a.m. and the Lesson will begin at approximately 10:35 a.m.

Youth Confirmation registration and information session will begin tomorrow too. Confirmation is being offered for youth in 8th grade. Please contact Bob Rys with questions.

Youth group activities will begin on September 19,, 2021, with a “cake and ice cream party” and planning meeting. Look for more details tomorrow evening.

During all children’s and youth ministries activities this year, we will be following COVID guidelines recommended by the diocese, the CDC, Christina School District, and St. Thomas’s preautions. We will choose the strictest guidelines. This means that masking is expected by everyone age 2 and older.

I look forward to seeing everyone again. Please feel free to contact me either with questions or if you need at-home activities.

Blessings, Belinda

Children’s and Youth Ministry Fall Start-up

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THANK YOU to everyone who has been so generous in fulfilling our wish lists! The children’s ministry leadership team has been hard at work planning a safe, fun and meaningful program for the children this year. We will be including our youth in our planning for their activities. 

Please consider joining our team as a children’s worship lead teacher or assistant or supporter or a youth group leader/guide. Let me know if you want to share a specific activity or ministry with our young parishioners.

And, please encourage your children and youth to join our advertised activities this fall. Lastly, if you would like to be a part of the activities but still cannot due to COVID safety concerns, let me know so I can try to include your child/family in an alternate way. See our COVID policy.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Blessings, Belinda Young-Payne

Children’s Worship begins Fall 2021 program

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Hello Friends,

I am excited to announce that Children’s Worship / Sunday School at St. Thomas’s will start next Sunday, September 12, 2021, as a “tent gathering” in the courtyard, under red tents. We are predicting that at the beginning of our return to “in-person” programming, we will have enough children and teachers for one multi-age class. (Think:  1 room school house).  Everyone will be asked to follow COVID safety guidelines while we are together.

In order for everyone to be safe, we need to have 2 adults in every class:  a lead teacher and an assistant.  We have a few lead teachers, but would LOVE to have some of you as an assistant.  We PROMISE we won’t ask you to prepare or lead a lesson – ONLY assist – pour juice/ serve crackers, clean up glue, etc. 

We will be outside in the Grove as long as weather permits.  Next Sunday’s forecast is 81 degrees and sunny. You can sign up for a one-time trial, and this is NOT a lifetime assignment. We DO have the sweetest kids around.   

If you would like to help as an assistant or have questions about our plan, please come talk to me at St. Thomas’s after either service tomorrow or contact me or Madeline Johnson. We would LOVE to hear from you.

Blessings, Belinda Young-Payne

Children’s and Youth Ministry Activities

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Several of us have been working on a wonderful plan to start regular children’s and youth activities again with safety precautions in September 2021.  Last week, I emailed the parish two lists of supplies we need help with via a SignUp Genius list and an Amazon wish list

As a next step, I have three more invitations:
1)  If you are in 9th grade or above (including adults), please let me know if you are interested in helping to lead Children’s Ministry (ages preschool to 7th grade)
2)  If you are an adult, graduated from high school, please let me know if you are interested in helping to lead youth group activities.
3) If you are a youth in grades 6 to 12 or in college, please let me know if you are interested in being a member of the St. Thomas’s Youth Group steering committee, who will help with planning youth group activities for the coming year.

Thank you for all you do. I look forward to hearing from many of you!!

Blessings, Belinda Young-Payne 

Children’s and Youth Ministry Parish-wide Project

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Greetings St. Thomas’s Family,

Our Children’s and Youth Ministries invite you to play a part in our rebuilding project. The Undercroft has been cleaned and refreshed. As a result of this effort, the majority of our supplies and furnishings were removed and need to be replaced. We also need a few extra things because we want to create spaces that follow COVID safety guidelines and that are mold resistant. If you are able to help us rebuild by purchasing something on the list or donating the item from your own supply, we would greatly appreciate it. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Belinda Young-Payne at

Please review the lists and sign up to donate if you can.  I have provided two links: one for a SignUp Genius list and one for an Amazon wish list.  Thank you for consideration of our requests. 

Blessings,Belinda Young-Payne

Children and Youth May 2021 update

Our parish family at St. Thomas’s includes a number of families with children. The inclusion of these children in worship and parish life is of great importance in the life of our Parish. We take seriously the Baptismal vow “to do all in our power to support these persons in their life with Christ.”

Each year, we continue to strive to give our children new and exciting ways to discover more about God and who God is calling to them to be. Our children are encouraged to share God’s love by serving each other, their families and their community. During “normal” times, the children are invited to serve as ushers, readers and acolytes in St. Thomas’s regular Sunday services. Many of them sing in the Lights choir and a few occasionally join the adult choir. In addition, the children help in various ways with fundraising and fellowship events such as the annual Annual Bazaar. They help their global community by participating in Trick or Treat for UNICEF. And at the end of each year, the children share the Christmas story in a pageant service for the congregation.

During the past year, the Youth and Children of St. Thomas’s have not been as visible. However, that does not reflect their participation. The younger children have joined together with Christ Church Greenville, in remote Sunday School. Each week, they receive a packet in the mail with the lesson, the discussion, and a craft. Additionally, a weekly email gives parents tips and insights, and a link to the corresponding video. Our older Youth known as “Christians Ready, Equipped, and Willing” or “CREW,” have also been meeting virtually. Sue and Mike Houghton have been absolutely inspirational with the way that they have carried this program. CREW meets bi-weekly via Zoom and also participates in monthly activities. They have invited guests from the parish to participate in their Zoom meetings, enjoyed some fellowship with the college age group known as Episcopal Campus Ministry or ECM, and have done some community service. Some of the youth have even participated in ministry meetings via zoom, such as the finance committee. We all came together in the fall for a fun trunk-or-treat and the Christmas pageant happened virtually. Our Diocese has hosted a number of online events and there are more upcoming both online and in-person.

This Sunday, May 16, 2021, we will get to see several of our children take the next steps in their religious life. Bishop Kevin will be celebrating with us at 9 a.m. on YouTube and in-person. He will be Baptizing and Confirming members of our faith family! Noah will be receiving the Holy sacrament of Baptism. Amelia, Oscar and Zach will be confirmed, after faithfully and patiently waiting for over a year. This will be a joyous occasion!

We are all looking forward to the day when we can see our youth participate and hear little voices during the services. This will be done with the utmost care for the health and safety of our community and will not happen all at once. But, be assured, that even if you are not seeing and hearing much of our young pilgrims, their spiritual journeys are continuing. A HUGE thank you to all of the adults who support them. If you are interested in participating in any way, on one occasion or for a season, you are most welcome! Please contact the office at or Fr. Howie to discuss how you can contribute.

Then little children were being brought to Him in order that He might lay his hands on them and pray. The Disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:13-14

Service Saturday is canceled

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As all in-person children’s and youth ministries activities have been suspended until further notice, unfortunately, Service Saturday has been cancelled. However, the supplies are still needed. So, please continue to sign up and donate any items that are needed.  And, please stay tuned for updated instructions about how to donate cookies for Hope Dining Room. 

Blessings, Belinda

Family Fun Night and Cookie Exchange

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Hello Everyone!

Due to growing uncertainty about the safety of in-person gatherings, we have decided to make Family Fun Night on December 18, 2020 a virtual event. We will still be able to do most of the planned events, just on Zoom instead of at St. Thomas’s plus some other surprise activities! Some of the activities will require some supplies, materials, and game pieces. I would like to be able to mail or deliver what you need. Please let me know ASAP if you would like these materials.  You can email, text or call.

I will send out the Zoom link to the event next week. In the meantime, let me know if you want the game and activity materials and….just for fun…lets join the Carews in making or finding our most fun Christmas hats and wear them to the party on December 18, 2020!

Peace, Ms. Belinda