Acolytes: Children ages 8—18 carry the torches in the procession. This helps introduce youth to the participation and service in congregational worship. Current Acolytes are: Lizzie Bianchini, Addison Brown, Mason Brindle, Jaclyn Shingler, Lucy Vosler, Lucas Williamson, Riley Williamson and Joy Weng. If you know someone interested in serving, please call the Parish Office: 574-267-6266.
Crucifers: The Crucifers carry the processional cross in the procession into the church, for the gospel acclamation and recession at the end of the service. They also assist the Celebrant by handing them vessels for communion. Current Crucifers: Butch Schapson, Marston Norris, Riley Williamson, Lucas Williamson, Carly Hastings, Crystal Morsches, Chuck Brindle, and Ryan Lewis. There are requirements for youth to be able to serve as Crucifers. Please call the Parish Office for more information. 574-267-6266.
Lectors: Proclaim God’s Word during the worship services by reading the Old and New Testament lessons. Youth must be in High School to serve as Lectors and must attend Lector Training. Call the Church Office for more information. 574-267-6266.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we have discontinued Nursery Care while continuing to provide access to diaper changing facilities. Please check back, we will resume this ministry as soon as we can. We are in the process of revamping the program and making sure all volunteers have the Safeguarding God’s Children safety training, background checks and COVID-19 immunizations updated.
The Nursery is located to the left as you enter the church’s main doors, just past the coat rack in the foyer area. The Nursery is staffed with two adults at all times, for the safety of our youngest family members. Children of pre-school age and younger are welcome to use the Nursery during services.
There is also a diaper changing station located in the Nursery, for parents of children still in diapers.
Children who are Kindergarten age and older are welcome to attend the liturgy with their families. We believe that all should hear the Good News. Knowing that it can be difficult for younger folks to stay quiet and engaged during an hour long service, we have provided Activity Bags for all young children to use. These bags are located in the wooden box in the Foyer. Please take one with you into the church, and then return it after the service is over.
NURSERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We are in need of Nursery Volunteers. Volunteers must be trained in Safeguarding God’s Children, which is provided by St. Anne’s free of charge and takes approximately two hours and have a background check completed. If interested please call the parish office or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safeguarding God’s Children Nursery Procedures
The Church is called:
● to receive, nurture and treasure each child as a gift from God,
● to proclaim the Gospel to children, in ways that empower them to receive and respond to God’s love,…. (from Children’s Charter for the Church)
The following procedures, from Safeguarding God’s Children, more clearly define behaviors and practices that allow St. Anne’s adults to more fully demonstrate their love and compassion for children and youth in sincere and genuine relationships. They are adopted to help St. Anne’s create a safe place for children and for those who minister to them.
Nursery Supervision Procedures
Personnel : Only screened personnel and volunteers may work in the Nursery, and there must be two unrelated adults present. At least one person must be trained in Safeguarding God’s Children. No one under the age of 15 may work in the nursery without adult supervision. Unscreened friends or family members may occasionally visit the nursery, but do not count toward the required number of adults and may not exercise authority. All volunteers who are in the nursery more than 3 times per year must be trained in Safeguarding God’s Children.
Coaching and Feedback : The Christian Formation Committee ministers the Nursery Program at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. Members of the Christian Formation Committee will conduct coaching visits to the nursery. The purpose of the visits will be to observe that the procedures for Safeguarding God’s Children are followed and to insure consistently safe behavior and interactions with children.
Ratio in the nursery: There must be two adults present in the nursery at all times and the acceptable ratio is one adult to five children, for children ages 1-5. If infants less than one year are present, the ratio should be one adult to three infants.
Physical Environment : Paper, foil, or decorations may NOT be placed over the door window. The nursery room door must remain open anytime there is temporarily only one adult with the children and never for more than 3 minutes.
Bathroom Procedure : Children age 4 and over may use the bathroom in the nursery with an adult standing at the door to provide verbal assistance. When it is necessary to assist a small child with bathrooming, the adult will assist the child in full view of the other adult. Diaper changing will be done at the changing area table and within view of the other adult in the room.
Releasing Children from the nursery : Children will be released from the nursery only to their parents, legal guardians, or those designated by them.
Reporting Concerns: Concerns about the nursery program or regarding a child attending the nursery program should be reported to the Clergy or the Senior Warden.
During Covid-19 we are resuming in-person classes while wearing masks and social distancing.
Sunday School is after Communion until 12:15. Atriums are currently combined classes led by Deb Blatz and volunteers.
Age K-6th grade meet in Atrium III on the second floor. This class is led by Marla Norris with Julie Kuhn assisting. They are using Sparkhouse curriculum.
Grades 7-12 meet in Rose Hall at the table by the piano. This class is led by: Deb Blatz with Chuck Brindle assisting. They will be exploring new curriculum.
Diocesan Summer Youth Camp will be held this year at Camp Alexander Mack in Milford, IN June 13-19. Summer Camp is for youth entering 3rd – 9th grade. Cost is $470 with a $30 discount for more than one camper per family. To register: www.ednin.org under the ministries and programs tab you will find Episcopal Youth Camp.
The Christian Formation Classes began in September and will go through May.
Safeguarding God’s Children Atrium III
The Church is called:
To receive, nurture, and treasure each child as a gift from God.
To proclaim the Gospel to children in ways that empower them to receive and respond to God’s love.
To follow the recommendations of the Safeguarding God’s Children Program provided by Praesidium Religious Services.
The following procedures more clearly define behaviors and practices that allow the church to more fully demonstrate its love and compassion for children in sincere and genuine relationships. These procedures are adopted to help St. Anne’s create safe environments for children and for those who minister to them.
Atrium III Supervision Procedures
Personnel: Only screened personnel and volunteers may work in Atrium III and must work in pairs. At least one person must be trained in Safeguarding God’s Children. No one under the age of 15 may work in Atrium III without adult supervision. Unscreened friends or family members on occasion may visit the classroom, but do not count toward the required number of volunteers and may not exercise authority. Volunteers in Atrium III must be unrelated to one another. All volunteers who are in Atrium III more than three times per year must be trained in Safeguarding God’s Children.
Coaching and Feedback: The Christian Formation Committee ministers the Christian Formation Program at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. Members of the Christian Formation Committee will conduct coaching visits to Atrium III. The purpose of the visits will be to observe that the procedures for Safeguarding God’s Children are followed and answer questions to insure consistently-safe behavior and interactions with children.
Ratio in Atrium III: There must be two adult volunteers in Atrium III at all times. If two or more children are present, but only one adult volunteer, that volunteer may hold class only if class is moved to a location within sight of another adult (e.g., with another class or in Rose Hall during coffee hour). A ratio of two unrelated screened and trained adult volunteers to one child is also appropriate for holding class. Under no circumstances may one adult hold a class if only one child is present.
Physical Environment: Paper, foil, or decorations may NOT be placed over the windows or door window. On occasion, classes may be held in other areas of the church e.g., the sanctuary, chapel, kitchen, or parlor. Appropriate child to teacher ratios must be met.
Reporting Concerns: Concerns about the Atrium II Program, and any concerns about a youth, child, or infant, should be reported to the Rector and Senior Warden.
JR. & SR. HIGH CHRISTIAN FORMATION is BACK!!
All youth 7 – 12 grade are invited to participate in the Teen Formation. Normally, teens gather at a table during hospitality hour in Rose Hall. Please join this group if you are in grade 7 through 12. Explore how what we hear on Sundays does apply to the daily life of a teenager and have fun at the same time! Deb Blatz and Chuck Brindle will be leading this group. During Covid-19 we are resuming in-person classes while wearing masks and social distancing.
Pictured below is the Sr. High Mission Team during a week of mission is Killington, Vermont.
FEBRUARY 2021 NEWS:
The Jr. and Sr. High Youth were invited to participate in the Diocesan Winter Youth Gathering hosted at St. Anne’s on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. By all reports a good time was had by all!
Senior High Mission Week
Is hosted by the Diocese of Northern Indiana. St. Anne’s Sr. High youth have had the opportunity to participate in a week of mission during the summers since 2015. They stayed at Grace College in Winona Lake and served at various locations in Northern Indiana the first two years.
In 2017 and 2018 they stayed in Dyer Indiana and served the churches that are a part of the Calumet Episcopal Ministry Partnership (CEMP).
In June of 2019 the Mission Team traveled to Killington, VT to Mission Farm and Church of Our Saviour. Due to Covid – 19 we were unable to have a Week of Mission. However, we did serve for a day of mission at Camp Alexander Mack in Milford, IN.
Sr. High Mission Week for 2021 is scheduled for the week of July 4 – 10 at Camp Alexander Mack. We will be serving a community of brothers and sisters who are very near and dear to our hearts. Our theme this year will be “Mission at Mack”. Because we believe, we can make a difference with the help of Jesus Christ.
Registration is available on the diocese website at www.ednin.org under the missions and ministry tab look for Sr. High Ministries.