Children and Youth
St. Andrew's, Hopkinton has a rich history of being a place where children and youth grow in their faith and relationship with God as full members of the Body of Christ. Below is are the opportunities for children and youth to learn, serve, pray, and play at St. Andrew's.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Pre-k to 6th
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-style Christian formation program for children in Pre K to 6th grade. CGS takes place in The Atrium which is an inviting space with many different interactive materials. The children use these materials as they learn about church life and grow in their relationship with God. Children who arrive at 9:00am for the Atrium will stay through the beginning of the service and return at the Peace. Of course, any children who arrive at 10:00am are welcome to join then as well. Anne McCausland and Marti Hunt are trained catechists and are excited for St. Andrew’s fourth year of offering CGS.
Donuts and discipleship: 7th TO 12TH
Donuts and Discipleship is a chance for youth in 7th to 12th grade to hang out together and talk about faith, life, and anything else. We’ll have donut holes and OJ in the Youth Room and see where the Spirit leads our conversation. We’ll end at 9:45am so acolytes can vest and we can all join the service. Drew Courtright will be there to chat with and listen to the youth. Look out for other, non-Sunday morning offerings for youth throughout the year as well!
youth acolytes, lectors, and ushers
On Sunday mornings, youth in 7th-12th grade are encouraged to attend church for the whole service or to serve as acolytes, lectors, and ushers. Acolytes vest and help with the liturgy by lighting and extinguishing the altar candles, carrying the cross in the procession and recession, helping with the offertory, and assisting at the altar during communion. Lectors are assigned one of the readings for a Sunday morning and read that lesson in church. Ushers welcome parishioners, hand out bulletins, take the collection, assist with getting people to communion, and clean up after the service. Guidance and instruction is provided for youth who serve in each of these roles and their ministry to church is invaluable. Try something new and come serve in church!
Every other year, St. Andrew's offers a year-long confirmation class for youth in 7th and 8th grade. Our next Confirmation Class will begin in the Fall of 2017.
Special events and gatherings
From time to time children and youth at St. Andrew's participate in various events and ministries like a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, helping with our Family Promise hosting week, working with outreach ministries like Got Lunch, serving as counselors at our Making Your Mark summer enrichment camp, and attending diocesan/regional camps and retreats. Check out the St. Andrew's Facebook page to see what's coming up next.