The children of St. James are meant to be seen and heard!
At St. James by-the-Sea, our Children’s Ministries program strives to provide an environment that honors and develops the child’s innate ability to connect with their Creator. We aim to be a young family-centered church, giving the children a sacred space where they can worship, wonder, make new friends and be themselves. As we grow this already vital and thriving ministry we welcome the children’s Joyful noise as an integral part of the future of our faith and church.
We are in the beginning stages of developing a thriving Godly Play program. This Montessori-based curriculum and foundation allows the children to build a language of wondering that fosters a lifelong faith in their Creator. We are also using a curriculum called Weaving God’s Promises that honors the liturgical rhythm of our faith while showing the children how God is inextricably woven into their lives.
For more information on our curricula please visit the following websites:
Meet Gabrielle (Miss Gabby) Strickler, Director Of Children’s Ministries
Greetings to new members, old friends and guests.
For me St. James is a place of joyful noise, deep and rich history, dedication, love and children. Intelligent, amazing, caring, funny, challenging, generous and wonderful children! The best part of my job is that it changes every Sunday and I am never bored because I know at any moment a small voice may say the most profound thing I have ever heard. I am the most privileged and honored person to be working with these amazing small people, and to be a member and employee of a church that truly cares about the growth and development of its Children’s Ministries program.
When I walked into this building three years ago on Mother’s Day, I would never have believed that those first cautious steps would lead to such a love of place and a career change. And now here I am and I have never been happier. I only hope to serve this job, this church, and God to the best of my abilities. I look forward to growing our ministry, nurturing the friendships I have made and cultivating new ones.
With Hope and Love,
Interested in bringing your children to our Sunday School or volunteering? Email me or give me a call at (858) 459-3421 ext. 108 and we will set up a time to get together.
Rachel Devine: A sophomore at PLNU, her goal is to work for non-profit groups after graduation. Rachel brings a warm and caring energy to our Pre-K group. Patient, kind and reliable, our littlest kiddos look forward to their time with Miss Rachel every Sunday.
Tiffany Tesch: Tiffany has been a teacher of Sunday school with Saint James by-the-Sea for over 7 years now and we are blessed and grateful to have her. She has a creative and warm approach and is famous with the kids for her “Breath Prayers”.
Abe Parker: Abe is the newest member of our teaching team and is working with our 3rd-5th graders. He is a graduate student in education and he is excited to be here at St. James
Children’s Ministries is growing! As we work towards improving and expanding our program we want to be sure that our youngest members and their families feel happy and valued all year long. We will continue with many programs for children and their families, including but not limited to: the Christmas Pageant, the Easter Egg hunt, Vacation Bible School, St. James Day, All Hallows' Eve, Home Coming Sunday, family movie nights, silent auctions and much more! If you have hopes and dreams you would like to share for our future, please call me and I will make some time to spend time with you.