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Indianapolis, IN  USA


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Youth

       

 Our youth are not merely the "future of the Church." They are the Church today, and they will be Christ's eyes, ears, and hands in the coming years. We foster programs that will challenge them to consider the Christian life seriously, test their faith, and provide them with the fun and support of a Christian fellowship.

 

Godly Play
 

Introducing our new Godly Play Director

Alli Betts 

Hello brothers and sisters.  My name is Alli Betts.  I will be serving as the new Godly Play Director this year.  I am a second year student at the University of Indianapolis and am studying Psychology with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy.  Even though I am new to the parish, I am actually deeply connected to St. Timothy’s.  In 1966, my great grandmother Mary Zeider became a member of the church and was the creator of the memorial garden in the courtyard.  The family then moved back to Cleveland for a few years.  In 1975, my grandmother, Judy Betts-Thompson, grandfather, Bob Betts, my father, David Betts, and my uncle, Bill Betts moved back to Indianapolis and became members of the church as well.  My father and uncle grew up here at St. Timothy’s.  My family now lives in Lawrenceburg, Indiana where we are members of Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrenceburg.  I have also known Rev. Rebecca for many years now through Waycross.  She was a camp chaplain when I was a camper and more recently, when I've worked as a camp counselor.  I just finished my second summer on staff at Waycross.  Through experiences like Waycross, I have learned that I not only love working with children but I have a true passion for working with children and helping them grow into their own unique individualism. As I considered my course of study, this passion heavily influenced my decision to study to become a pediatric occupational therapist.

5-10-2014  St. Timothy's is pursuing a grant to bring Godly Play to our parish.  The matching grant will allow us to support Godly Play leaders and participants (our kids from about age 3 to 6) with training and refreshed spaces for experiencing God through stories, questioning, and "work." What is Godly Play?  Godly Play is a unique, Montessori-inspired curriculum designed by an Episcopal Priest that is based on the knowledge that all children feel the presence of God but lack the language to identify, explore, and express their experience.

Through storytelling and the encouragement of wondering, St. Timothy's children will learn about old and new testament stories and church traditions in a way that encourages them to have their own unique experiences of God while also having a shared experience in the community of other children and developing the ability to know and share the stories and traditions of the church with others.

The Godly Play classroom is a child-centric space and the stories are meant to be told in that environment with small props that capture the imagination.  Children listen and watch, wonder about the store, and do "work" to communicate with God through are, storytelling, and imaginative play.

We'll be bringing one of the stories a bit out of context and into the sanctuary for Children and Youth Sunday on June 1st so that everyone in the congregation can get an idea of what is ahead.

We hope you'll consider being involved in the transition - we'll need trained Godly Play storytellers/doorkeeper, of course, but will also be looking for one-time help from the congregation's woodworkers. crafters, and second-hand store enthusiasts as we put together a Godly Play classroom.

 

Sunday Pre-K Sunday School
       
One of the Vestry goals for 2008 was to restart our education programs.  Starting with our youngest members, St. Timothy's will now provide a special class in the newly remodeled nursery during the first part of the service with the children rejoining their parents at the Peace.  Preschoolers, ages 1 to pre-K, are invited to participate in these Sunday School activities.
        Volunteers working on a rotating basis will offer lessons geared for preschoolers.  Sheryl Otter and Elaine Braverman will provide the curriculum and are signing up volunteer helpers.
        Our desire is that even our youngest members can experience the warmth of God's love and learn more about Him.

THE YOUTH GROUP:
        The Youth Group of St. Timothy's Church consists primarily of high school age teens. They meet in the Youth room on Sundays following the 9:00 A.M. Service and plan a variety of programs and activities throughout the year.  This program is currently on hold because we have no high school age teens. 

DIOCESAN YOUTH MINISTRY:
        Our diocesan youth ministry is active throughout central and southern Indiana. At various times throughout the year, the diocese sponsors New Beginnings Weekends for junior high ages and Happening Weekends for high school ages. These are like renewal retreats. They help the youth integrate their faith within a loving community environment. At various other times, Diocesan Youth Events are held during which all the youth are brought together for a single day event.

Holloween 2012

WAYCROSS CAMP & CONFERENCE CENTER:
        Waycross is our diocesan summer camp. Sessions are held for all ages from mid June through early August. It is located in scenic Brown County. It is a wonderful place to experience God in creation and in each other.