Our elementary children’s ministries provide opportunities for children to experience the love of Jesus, build friendships, and grow in faith.
Dock Children’s Education
Offered at the Great Hall Contemporary worship services – Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 8:45 and 10:15 a.m. and in the Sanctuary worship services – Sundays at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Dock is our children’s education ministry offered during weekend worship services. Age-specific classes are offered for children ages 3 (potty trained) through Grade 5. Children check in upon arrival, print a nametag, and join their families for the first part of the service until invited to Dock. (Exception: preschoolers in the Sanctuary check in, print a nametag, and go directly to their preschool classroom.) Please note that no Dock classes are offered on the first weekend of each month, when all families are invited to participate in worship together.
This year’s theme is Prophets, Promises and Parables. Join us to learn more about who God sends, what he promises, and how Jesus helps us understand all these things! Check out the full schedule of lessons.
Connect 3·4·5 (educational opportunity for Grades 3-5)
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Is your child looking for a different way to learn more about God and Jesus? Connect 3·4·5 is a new/updated Wednesday children’s education opportunity designed for Grades 3-5 to dig into themes within the Bible. This school year children will move to the New Testament to discover connections found throughout the Bible. All 3rd Graders who join the class will receive their Connect Bible in the fall, but are still encouraged to participate in the Third Grade Bible Blessing Skipping Stone workshop and celebration in late January.
Skipping Stones Ministry
Third Grade Bible Blessing
Our Skipping Stones ministry celebrates six significant moments in a child’s journey of life and life. The Third Grade Bible Blessing, designed for children during grade 3 (or higher), involves participation in an interactive parent-child workshop and presentation of the Bibles during worship. For more information, visit our Skipping Stones ministry information.
A child’s preparation for First Communion is provided as one of our Skipping Stones ministries for those in grades 1-5. Children (with a parent) attend a fun, experiential Saturday morning workshop and then receive their first Holy Communion with their family during a worship service. For more information, visit our Skipping Stones ministry information.
Children’s Music Opportunities
St. Andrew’s offers a variety of options for children and youth (Grades K-12) to be involved in vocal and instrumental music groups. For details and registration for choirs, please visit the children’s and youth music page.
Wednesday Night Alive
Wednesdays, 2:45-7:15 p.m. in the Youth and Sports Center –
Families are invited to drop in for open gym, games, and time to connect with friends and other families. Pizza, snacks, and drinks are available for purchase. Open to all children and youth. Children in grades 5 and under are required to have an adult present at all times. No prior registration required.
Parents’ Night Out
Second Friday of the month, 5-9 p.m. in the Sanctuary Nursery
Ages: 12 months – Grade 5; $15/child or $35/family
Register for March – Easter
Register for April – Dance Party
Register for May – Ninja Night
Take a break with a night away! Enjoy an evening to yourself, have a quiet dinner or do a little shopping – while your children enjoy Bible stories, crafts, games and time to play with new friends. Light snacks are provided.
Typical evening schedule:
5 p.m. – Check-in/welcome and free play
5:30 – Operation Faith Force (games and physical activities for ages 5+)
6 – Snack time
6:20 – Monthly theme games and activities
7 – STEM arts and craft project
7:30 – Story time or movie
9 p.m. – Pick up (or any time earlier)
Family events provide an opportunity to connect with others, meet new people, and deepen relationships within our wider church family. Events are designed for a number of interests and ages. Learn more on our Family Ministry page.
We also provide learning opportunities for parents/guardians (and any adults who care for the youth in our community), with topics focused on issues and concerns relevant to today’s families. Learn more on our Parent Education page.
Cub Scout Pack 89
Pack 89, part of the Many Waters District, is one of two Cub Scout packs that serves the youth of the Mahtomedi School District. Pack 89 provides a quality program for kids in Kindergarten through Grade 5, and addresses the growing abilities and changing interests of today’s children. The Pack typically meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Information is available on the Pack website.