Episcopal Church Children’s Charter

We Believe…

St. Paul’s Children and Youth Ministry follows the Children’s Charter of the Episcopal Church and believes the Church is called to:

Nurture of the child:
• 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 give high priority to the quality of planning for children and the preparation and support of those who minister with them
• to include children, in fulfillment of their Baptismal Covenant

Ministry to the child:
• to love, shelter, protect and defend children within its own community and in the world, especially those who are abused, neglected or in danger;
• to nurture and support families in caring for their children, acting in their children’s best interest, and recognizing and fostering their children’s spirituality and unique gifts;
• to embrace children who seek Christian nurture independently of their parents’ participation in the church
• to advocate for the integrity of childhood and the dignity of all children at every level of our religious, civic and political structures.