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St. Martin’s Children & Family Ministry

Share Pray Learn Arts Sing Holy Spirit

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SPLASH Zone is our Christian Formation program for children ages 4 years to grade 4. Our volunteers and staff lead and teach our children through music and stories to learn the Christian faith.

  • Intergenerational Liturgies
  • Summer Vacation Bible School
  • Community & Family Events
  • Christmas Pageant
  • Youth Arts Program
  • First Communion Instruction
  • Nursery Supervised by Staff
  • Baptism Class
  • Who?

    We are the Children and Family Ministry Team of St. Martin’s. We are a group of parents and other Christian adults who are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment with experiences for children to grow in their Christian faith. Our team values the establishment of relationships with each child and offering a program that nurtures Christian faith while building community.


    Young people from Preschool-4th grade experience a biblically-based program called SPLASH Zone.

    Share – We share our faith stories, Bible stories and we share ourselves with the church community and beyond.

    Play – We believe that we can all play in the Spirit of Christ and experience the joy and wonder of our faith.

    Learn – We know that when we gather as a faith community our children learn more about who they are and who they are in relation to God.

    Art – We create, reflect and respond to the stories of our faith through multimedia art experiences.

    Sing – We gather to sing and move to praise the Lord.

    Holy Spirit – We are baptized in the name of the Holy Spirit and live out our faith each day.

    For children ages 0-3 years of age, we offer Sunday Nursery from 8:15-11:45am staffed with Safe Church trained adults.


    Our Parish Mission:

    We, the Episcopal Parish of St. Martins by-the-Lake, are a faith community called to worship God and invited to learn the Christian way so we can love and serve God in the world through the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Our St. Martin’s Children andFamily Ministry Mission:

    We will provide a safe and welcoming environment for children and their families to grow in their Christian faith.

    We Gather

    St. Martin’s Children and Families have a place in the life of the Church. We see a community learning and growing through education and activities that enhance our love of Christ. We see ownership in the offering of intergenerational worship within the St. Martin’s Parish.

    We Grow

    St. Martin’s children are given the opportunity to know and grow in Christ. We see children and families growing together through our faith stories, art and play, preparing them to move into their week and eventually on to a thriving youth program.

    We Go

    St. Martin’s Children and Family Ministries offer outreach projects to encourage our children’s community awareness. We further their growth by offering opportunities for families to share their talents with the community beyond the walls of St. Martin’s.


    We can be found on Sunday mornings in the lower level. We begin with music and movement and then move into our tent to hear the stories of our faith. Children respond to the story through a variety of art-based materials.


    SPLASH Zone meets Sunday mornings, September thru May, beginning at 10:15 a.m. Children rejoin their families in the worship service at the time of the Peace.

    Family Camp

    St. Martin’s Family Camp is the highlight of the summer. The whole St. Martin’s Community is invited to join us for Family at Camp Chi Rho in Annandale, MN.

    2018 Dates: June 21-24 2018 - more info to come!

    Here is a letter sent to St. Martin's - great testament to the wonderful time had:

    St Martins Campers,

    I huge thank you to St Martins Church for an awesome time at Family Camp this past week-end. A special thank you to Jack and Barb Kimball, Mary Senneka and Martha Mason for their hard work to make it such a success!! Also, to my sister Blyth Brookman for inviting me this past two years!

    It is one of my highlights for the summer and I look forward to next year! Great fun, food, fellowship and secret pals is something all look forward to.

    A big thank you to my secret pal…the fishing pole made of a twig, yarn, and Styrofoam ball was so great. I really love it and it is among my fishing décor on my porch!

    I invite more of the families to come next year—the week-end after Father’s Day. Come once and you’ll be back every year…. I promise!

    Again, thank you--- see you next year!!

    With love and fellowship,

    Barb Berg

    Fairmont, MN


    Martha Mason, Childrens' Ministries : (952) 471-8429 Ext. 213

    Navigate Youth

    Who We Are

    We are the new youth ministry of St. Martin’s by-the-Lake Episcopal Church. We’re teenagers grades 5-12. We’re all about helping kids transform their lives through Christ, and Christian kids be Christian for life. We do this by supporting families as they raise their children in the Christian faith. We do this through relational ministry with a team of gifted adults, peer leaders, and weekly, summer and special event ministries.

    Why We Do What We Do

    Mentoring young people as they transform their lives through Christ, equipping them for their own ministry, and guiding them as they continue to grow as Christian disciples in the Episcopal tradition.

    Our Vision

    We see a welcoming Christian

    community of young people that:

    Gathers to Worship their God.

    Grows their Faith as Disciples.

    Loves their World in Mission.


    MerLynne Byrne

    Minister for Youth and Families

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