Calvary’s Family Ministry Team looks forward to connecting with you!
Parents and guardians are a child’s first teachers, so we want to support adults by providing educational experiences to reinforce what is being learned at home.
During Sunday Studio and Sunday Youth we hope to learn more about God’s love by offering weekly age-appropriate lectionary lessons and corresponding activities that connect with themes parents and guardians hear in worship.
- Equip children with the knowledge that they are loved by God and this community through fellowship.
- Encourage children and families to grow in their relationship with God by providing times for education, prayer, and play.
- Give children, youth, and families opportunities to serve and give generously.
Meet our Director
Alison Faison is the Director of Children and Family Ministries. She offers spaces for children to notice God’s presence, question, play, sing, and fellowship.
Upcoming Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Events
Join us in the Lower Level after the Children’s Meditation for Sunday Studio to connect with each other through songs, lectionary bible stories, crafts, and games.
We also offer childcare for infants to 3-year olds every Sunday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
10 to 18 years: Youth are invited to sit together in the balcony and stay in worship through the sermon. Then they gather by age groups to discuss what they heard and experienced in the worship service.
Geared toward middle and high-schoolers who want to know more about what it means to be a person of faith, participants will learn what we believe in as a church and form a better understanding of what they believe in as individuals. Classes start in September and end in April.
Join in on our opportunities for our children, youth, and families to get to know each other.
- Family Coffee
- Family Night Out
- Rooftop Playground Picnic
- Weekly Children’s Choir and Youth Ensemble
- Wednesday Playgroup
- All-church Retreat at Mt. Hermon
- Monthly Events
Our families respond to neighbors within and outside of the walls of Calvary to share God’s love and take steps to break cycles of poverty. We put our faith into action through advocacy and service.
- Meal delivery to families with newborns
- Help with weekly Wednesday Playgroup
- Participate in Pack-a-Sack
- Serve at the InterFaith Food pantry at Old First Presbyterian Church
- Make meals at the men’s winter shelter at the Unitarian Universalist Center in San Francisco
- Chaperone the Annual Youth Mission Trip
- Work with Calvary partners: Boys & Girls Clubs San Francisco, New Door Ventures, Raphael House, and San Francisco Achievers.
Latest from the Director's Blog
The next time you are at childcare or Sunday Studio, please pick up a free copy of Rebecca Kirkpatrick’s book 100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation. This book focuses on the practice of planting the seed of faith, feeding the soil of each child’s soul, and watching children and youth grow. We want them to know the oral tradition roots that originate with the Israelite People, the Gospels that tell the life of Jesus, the acts of Jesus’ followers, and the liturgical seasons of the church starting with Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.
How does supporting a targeted person relate to church and being in relationship with others in a Christ-like way? Wherever humans are, divisions can be created. Like Jesus, we need to know how to show up, de-escalate, be present, ask for help, ignore attackers, respect targeted people, and then have the courage to follow up with the situation until it is addressed and supported. People of all races, genders, religions, and economic status are targeted, but we know that black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQI+ people, as well as those experiencing poverty are most often targeted by attackers. How did Jesus show up for children, tax collectors, sex workers, widows, and everyday folks? Jesus took accountability by sitting and eating next to people, as well as walking with them. That seems easy enough, but our society’s actions show us stories filled with the bystander effect or the phenomena of nobody acting even when they are watching violence in front of them.
“‘How are you showing up today?’ That’s a language we use a lot,” Thomas-Bush said. “As a person of faith, how are we going to show up loving our neighbor, loving ourselves?” Thomas -Bush works with youth at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. This youth group was featured in Our kids and mental health, an April 20, 2022 article in Presbyterians Today. “In 2019, more than 1 in 3 students indicated they persistently felt sad or hopeless, an 11% increase over 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary & Trends Report, 2009–2019. The report also showed that 16% of students made a suicide plan.” We cannot ignore youth, this data or assume that youth will get help on their own. Most adults suffering with mental health challenges do not reach out for help. It is important that we notice behavior changes that go beyond typical age-appropriate developmental behaviors and check in with the person. Parents, adults, youth leaders, and teen peers are realizing that listening without judgment, as well as asking direct questions can be the needed openers for someone to safely share their mental health challenges and then get the resources that they want.
What does the Pew Research Center say about children and teens taking after their parents religiously?
We as parents or adults working with children and teens know that our actions stick in the minds of our children more than our words. If we create time to be with our children and teens, they notice. How does this act of being present figure into the Pew Research Center’s 2020 survey data about teens and their approach to religion and spirituality?
On September 11, Calvary Homecoming, 19 children and 20 youth attended the service. That tripled the in-person children/youth attendance Calvary consistently had throughout 2021 and part of 2022. For three weeks, we have been seeing this rise in participation. We hope that community grows and inspires families, children, and teens to see their friends at church.
We hear “God is doing a new thing!” in Isaiah 43:19 and wonder how our world can be as new as it was in the days before Jesus. We talk about “a new heaven and a new earth” in Revelation 21 and wonder what that looks like for us. This Sunday, September 18 we continue in Genesis with the Abram and Sarai story as we restart the Narrative Lectionary for fall 2022. God sent this couple to live in a new land and promised that they would be prosperous if they followed God. Last week we touched on the Noah’s Ark story with all of its colorful animal and boat imagery and the tragic effects of a giant flood. People all over the world are dealing with flooding every day, so these stories are relatable to many. Our children live in a new world compared to that experienced by their parents.