Cathedral Children's Ministries 

Please contact Children's Minister: Emily with questions, ideas, comments.. and if you would like to serve with our children at the Cathedral. 

Children's Ministries: Worship and Special Events Will Bring Us Together This Summer written by Emily Walker, Children's Minister

Messy Church!

Join us for Messy Church at the Cathedral!

CLICK HERE to sign-up for Messy Sunday June 24th

Messy Church is our monthly intergenerational family gathering involving: worship, crafts, music, storytelling and a shared supper. 

Contact: Betsy Adams


This summer, Children’s Ministries at the Cathedral will offer opportunities to gather: the monthly Children’s Eucharist on the second Sunday of the month, and a special event each month.

Dates to be mindful of this summer:
Sunday, June 10: Children’s Eucharist in the Children’s Chapel, 10:15 a.m.

Sunday, June 24: Messy Sunday at 10:15 a.m. 


Register Now for August Vacation Bible School: Click here

Mark your calendar now: 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 11. 


Sunday July 8: Children’s Eucharist in the Children’s Chapel, 10:15 a.m.

Saturday, July 28: Christmas in July: cookie decorating

Thursday, August 9-Saturday, August 11: Vacation Bible School
Sunday, August 12: 10:15 Children’s Eucharist & VBS presentation at Coffee Hour, plus Blessing of the Backpacks at the 10:15 a.m. service.

Messy Church (above: Messy Paul Fall 2017-18)

Messy Church: Gone Fishin' Betsy Adams

What a wonderful, blessed Messy Church year we have had! After all that traveling around with Paul, we will be on summer break until September. We won't, however, remain idle. The summer is a time for Messy Church to rest and rejuvenate while thinking and praying and planning for the upcoming season. We will return the second Thursday in September with another wonderful Messy year. Stay tuned to Crosstown for more information. Just kidding! We can't stay "unMessy" for the entire summer!

We will have a special Sunday morning Messy Church during the 10:15 a.m. service on Sunday, June 24. We will march, sing, hear a story and enjoy fun, Messy activities. Children are welcome to gather in Harvard Hall at 10:15 a.m. and will stay in Messy Church for the entire service time. For this one, Messy Church families are welcome but not required to attend with their children. So c'mon, let's get Messy!

To Everything There is A Season-- It has been a joy and privilege to have been called to lead Messy Church for the past four seasons. Messy Church 2018- 19 will be my last program year to lead this ministry. The time has come to hand the torch on to the next leader whom God calls. I am praying and asking God to send a new leader for this wonderful ministry with our children and their families. I would love to have an apprentice who will walk and work with the me and the Messy Team during the next year; learn where we have been; and then take Messy Church to the next place where God leads it. I can guarantee that your life will be richly blessed and you will have the most fun of anyone who serves in the church!! Please contact me ( to find out more. An inquiry does not mean a commitment.

In June, Messy Sunday will bring fun and creativity to Sunday mornings. Messy Church ordinarily meets on the second Thursday of the month, September through May. A special summer Messy Church on a Sunday allows others to join in the fun. As the Cathedral’s “Messy Leader,” lay minister Betsy Adams brings her imagination and team-building skills for the fourth year in a row. Messy Sunday will be a wonderful intergenerational morning exploring our relationship with God together.

In July, Christmas in July will bring the sweetness of decorating Christmas cookies and backpack tags. We'll enjoy the cookies the next day at our Christmas in July party at coffee hour after the 10:15 a.m. service, along with a singalong of holiday carols. The tags will be attached to backpacks that will be blessed August 12 for all children, including students at Campbell Park Elementary.

In August, Vacation Bible School promises to be a wonderful and dynamic experience. Three days: Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday morning, August 9-10-11, with a closing presentation during Sunday’s coffee hour. The focus of this year’s VBS coordinates with the Fifth Mark of Mission, in conjunction with the VBS in the Dominican Republic: ". . . and it was good: Care of Creation." The three days will include a meal, programming for ages 3 through 10, with child care in the nursery and roles for youth helpers and adult volunteers. Each day will center around one focus — Body, Earth, and Animal — with crafts, stories, and song. Expect to learn about the God’s love for all creation. Registration for child participants and volunteers is now open at spcathedral. com/children Please let Emily & Justin know how we can support your family: attend a game, meet for lunch, cheer for an event. Our addresses are and

The Cathedral offers a place for children. On Sunday mornings, children may be in worship with their families, or join in Children's Chapel worship. In the Narthex, look for a bookshelf: inside you'll find coloring books and crayons for children to take into worship and to return after the service. 



Children's Chapel

On Sunday mornings at 10:15, Children are welcome in the Children's Chapel for their worship. 

Children's Chapel offers a child-centered worship space on Sunday mornings during the 10:15 service. Children will participate in a liturgy designed for them, where they can learn the rhythms of Episcopal worship. They hear the Gospel lesson for that Sunday from a child-geared translation: God's Word: My Voice. Lay Leaders follow a rhythm of: welcoming activity, liturgy, Gospel reading, and closing prayers.

Before the Eucharist in the Sanctuary, children are walked back to the 10:15 service in the nave with the verger and Children's Chapel volunteers to rejoin their families for the remainder of worship. On the 2nd Sundays of the month, children remain in Children's Chapel for the entirety of the 10:15 service to participate in clergy-led Children's Eucharist. 

Prepping for Children's Chapel: Approaching the altar together as we receive bread. 

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Children's Eucharist

Every 2nd Sunday in the Children's Chapel, children are invited to participate in Children's Eucharist: an integral heart of the Episcopal liturgy and life. They remain in Children's Chapel for the entirety of the 10:15 service and join their families at coffee hour. 

Above: St Pete Deanery Event for Children at St Matthew's Episcopal Church

Above: Easter Sunday Egg Hunt at the Cathedral

ABOVE: Lent & Children's Ministries

ABOVE: Epiphany in Children's Ministries

ABOVE: Christmas pageant (Journey to the Nativity 2017)

ABOVE: Advent (wreath-making & anticipating Christmas)

ABOVE: Children's Eucharist in the Children's Chapel


Collaboration with the St. Petersburg Deanery as the year unfolds.

Messy Church (above: Messy Paul Fall 2017-18)

During the cycle of the Episcopal Church Calendar Year, there are a growing variety of offerings for children.

ABOVE: A place for Children during coffee hour in Harvard Hall after the 10:15 service on Sunday mornings

ABOVE: Children in Church (children & youth in sanctuary worship leading roles: Summer 2017)

ABOVE: Christmas in July (Christmas cookie decorating & coloring on backpack tags to put on bags to be blessed & donated to local children)


ABOVE: Advent (wreath-making & anticipating Christmas)