The embodied and mysterious nature of worship in an Anglo-Catholic parish is highly evocative for children. At St. Paul’s, the look and smell of incense, the use of chant and song, and the use of the body in worship—bowing, crossing ourselves, touching the water of the font to remember our baptisms, lighting candles in the presence of the icon of Mary—all attract the attention and participation of children in the liturgy.
We treasure children at St. Paul’s and treasure the privilege of helping to influence children in their journey to adulthood as Christians. In our liturgy, in our children’s formation and in our relationships with children and their parents, we seek both to honor children’s dignity as well as prepare them for healthy participation in an adult world. Thus, we seek to provide ways children to encounter the stuff of our Biblical and historical traditions as well as ways for each child to express his or her creativity. We seek to provide children with boundaries as well as to show children appropriate flexibility in dealing with life.
St. Paul’s also has much to offer children through its urban location. In close proximity to the Seattle Center, the Arts District and the realities of urban life to include a visible homeless population, children are exposed both to the best of what Seattle has to offer and to some of the human problems that surround us and challenge us to respond as Christian people.