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Children and young people are active members of the parish family as it worships together, learns together, and participates in Christ’s mission of reconciliation in the world.  We seek to draw children and young people into lasting and life-changing relationships with God in Christ, mentoring them, with the help of Holy Spirit, as they discover how to use their God-given talents and interests to help heal the world.

Our ministries to and with kids tap into their unique gifts –

  • Wonder about the sacred
  • Curiosity about issues of faith
  • Desire for ritual
  • Passion for justice


Children's area in the Langdon Chapel, a.k.a. "Church on the rug"

Children’s area in the Langdon Chapel, a.k.a. “Church on the rug”

At All Saints Parish children are welcomed as full participants in the worship service, just as all adults are (regardless of age, ability, race, ethnic group, sexual orientation, gender and gender expression, or religious background). We also know that we all have differing modes of worship at different times in our lives. Perhaps, if you’re are an adult accompanying young children, you and your children are able to join the worship best by engaging with the quiet play time on the carpeted area near the Langdon Chapel. Perhaps you are best able to worship by sitting with your children towards the back of the nave, guiding them through the worship leaflet and/or hymnal. Perhaps the best way for you to worship is by sitting up front where you and your children can see exactly what’s happening at the altar. Perhaps you need some time by yourself, especially if you’re an adult caregiver of young kids. Then you might want to take advantage of our staffed nursery, and/or outstanding children’s formation programs. Perhaps the best way for you or your children to worship is in the choir—that can be arranged, talk to our music or Schola director! We have many ways of engaging in worship here at All Saints. And we’re open to helping you explore and discover the ways that work for you and your family.

Receiving Communion

In this parish everyone, regardless of age, is welcome to come forward during Communion to receive either the bread or wine, or a blessing. Parents may question whether their young children should receive the sacrament. The Rector or the Children, Youth & Family Minister is available for conversation about this concern.

Each spring we offer instruction about Holy Eucharist for children in 1st and 2nd grades, and their parents. This is not a pre-requisite for full participation in the sacramental life of the parish. Instead, it helps children learn about the parts of the service, how to receive the sacrament, and why we do this each week.

  • Communion Prep classes in 2018: May 5 & 12, 9:30 to 11:00am

Contact Kathleen O’Donoghue, Children, Youth and Family Minister for more information.


9:30am          Nursery opens
9:30 am         Adult choir rehearsal; Schola rehearsal for grades 2-12*
10:15am         Cherub Choir for PreK-Grade 1; Youth Chapel for Grades 2-5
10:30am        Holy Eucharist, Rite 2; Church School classes for PreK-Grade 5
11:15am          Youth join congregational worship
11:45am         BaseCamp for Grades 6-12 once/month

Cherub Choir

Cherub Choir

* For more information on the Schola youth choir, see the Music section here.

Youth Chapel, Sundays, 10:15 to 10:30am

Children in Grades 2-5 gather each week for a simple service of prayer and scripture reflection with their adult mentors before heading to their classroom. Youth Chapel helps young people gain confidence reading to a large group, praying aloud, and engaging actively with scripture. Middle and High School Youth are in worship for the entire service.

Contact Kathleen O’Donoghue, Children, Youth and Family Minister for more information.

Acolytes Easter 2015


Acolytes lead the altar party procession into the worship space each week and assist, as needed, during worship. Anyone in 4th grade or older can be an acolyte after he or she is trained.

Contact: Meg Bridge, Acolyte Coordinator






(Babies & Toddlers)


The Nursery is a clean, safe place for children 3 years of age or younger.  It opens on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and is staffed by paid childcare providers who are trained in safe church practices.  While the space is equipped for children who are walking and potty trained (or on their way), we have port-a-cribs or infant seats for babies who are not yet walking or who need to nap.




(Ages 3 to 11)

Classes begin on September 17, 2017 and end on May 20, 2018

There is no tuition or registration fee to enroll a child in our Church School or Youth Program. This is a ministry of the congregation staffed by adult volunteers who are answering calls to teach and mentor children, and who are trained in safe church practices.

In our Church School classrooms we honor and nurture the relationship children already have with God.  We do this by helping them learn

  • Stories from scripture
  • How to participate actively in the worship life of the Episcopal Church
  • What it feels like to be a gathered community of faith
  • How to put faith into action in service to those in need 

Pre-K-Grade 1: Godly Play
We introduce our 3 to 6-year-olds to the Church School program in our two Godly Play rooms.  Developed by an Episcopal priest over 30 years ago, this teaching methodology taps into young children’s natural curiosity about God.  Sitting in a circle on the floor, adults and children play with sacred stories, parables, liturgical actions, and practice holy silence together.

Scope & Sequence 2016-2017

  • Fall: Circle of the Church Year, followed by 6 Old Testament stories
  • Advent: Journeying with the Prophets, the Holy Family, the Shepherds & the Magi
  • Epiphany: Parables
  • Lent: The Mystery of Easter;  Faces of Easter; The Story of the Easter Eggs
Making a prayer loom in Church School

Making a prayer loom in Church School

3, 4 & 5 year olds

  • Eastertide: Knowing Jesus in New Ways

6 year olds

  • Eastertide: The Greatest Parable

Grades 2-5: Workshop Cycles

With children ages 7 to 11 we use Workshop Cycles (developed by Leader Resources) or design our own lessons to explore scripture and life in the church.  We invite learners to linger with a story or concept for a few weeks, using different learning approaches. Children and their teachers create art and music, engage in drama and storytelling, use computers, watch movies – even cook together!

Scope & Sequence 2017-2018

Completed prayer loom

Completed prayer loom

  • Early fall: Samuel, the boy who listened to God
  • Advent: Be alert, shepherds!
  • Epiphany: The Beatitudes
  • Lent: Service Project and Study
  • Eastertide: Body of Christ

Contact Kathleen O’Donoghue, Children, Youth and Family Minister for more information.


(Ages 12-18)

The 2017-2018 youth ministry year begins on September 17 and ends on May 20.

There is no tuition or registration fee to enroll a child in any of our youth programs. This is a ministry of the congregation staffed by adult volunteers who feel called to teach and mentor young people, and who are trained in safe church practices.

Our ministries to and with teens are designed to help them discern, within a Christian context, issues of

  • Identity (Who am I?)
  • Autonomy (How am I unique?)
  • Affinity (To whom & where do I belong?)
  • Vocation (What am being called to do with my life?)

Tweens and teens in Grades 6 to 12 are full participants in Sunday morning worship and are encouraged to use their time and talents to support the life of the parish by

  • Singing in Schola
  • Providing instrumental accompaniment during worship
  • Being crucifers, torch bearers, thurifers, and chalice servers
  • Reading lessons and leading prayers during worship
  • Ushering and greeting
  • Assisting in the Nursery, in Youth Chapel, or in Church School classes
  • Helping to host social hour
  • Participating in church-sponsored service projects

Training is always provided.

Picture4BaseCamp: A place to refresh and refuel, to regroup and retool.  A place of refuge and respite, to revive the spirit for the journey ahead.

One Sunday each month our young people and their adult mentors gather at BaseCamp for a shared meal, conversation, and prayer.  BaseCamp is designed to help participants connect Sunday worship with the realities of the rest of the week, and to support one another in a covenant of prayer.  Between meetings young people and adults stay in contact with one another by phone, through social media, and in face-to-face conversations at church.

BaseCamp meetings in 2016-2017: 12noon to 1pm on September 17, October 22, November 19, December 17, January 21, February 25, March 18, April 22, & May 13

GRADES 6 – 8
Picture3At All Saints we recognize that early adolescence is a time of tremendous growth and challenge.  In so many ways, kids who are 12, 13 & 14 years old are growing and discovering new things about themselves and the world around them.  Marking the beginning of the journey toward adulthood and keeping them company as they make their way becomes vitally important.

Rite-13 weekend: A time to mark the entry into the teen years

Each year we honor all kids who are celebrating their 13th birthday.

  • Rite-13 banquet, Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Rite-13 ceremony, Sunday, Feb 11 during worship

“Our Time” – Middle school youth group on Fridays, 6:30 to 9:00pm

  • A shared ministry with The Church of Our Saviour, Brookline
  • Open to all youth in grades 6-8 from both parishes, and their guests
  • September 22, October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, March 16, Apr 27, May 18

 Middle School service projects in 2017-2018

  • Fall: Make Blessing Bags for our friends at MANNA
  • Advent: Host a holiday party at B-READY after school program
  • Christmas/Epiphany: Help to serve Monday Lunch at MANNA
  • Spring: Serve lunch and worship at Common Cathedral

GRADES 9 -12

Caption: At City Reach in April 2016

At City Reach in April 2016

We do all that we can to support our older teens as they grow in their faith and use it to guide daily life in a way that feels authentic and empowering.  We help them find ways to use their God-given talents and interests to live fully as agents of Christ’s love and justice in the world.

By virtue of their full participation in the worship life and mission work of the parish, some of our young people have prepared for the sacramental rite of Confirmation.  The Rector and the Children, Youth & Family Minister will be meeting with them in in 2018 to help them make final preparations.

High School service projects in 2017-2018

  • Advent: Deliver gifts and serve a meal at Crossroads Family Shelter, East Boston
  • Spring: City Reach overnight retreat with the homeless in Boston

High School mission trips

The 2016 mission team with students at La Casa de Niñas El Hogar, July 2016

The 2016 mission team with students at La Casa de Niñas El Hogar, July 2016

Every other year the parish organizes a week-long mission trip.  In July 2016, we sent a team of 6 teens and 6 adults to El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza, the Home of Love and Hope, in Tegucigalpa.  In the 2017-2018 ministry year we will explore the possibility of making a domestic mission trip.  Stay tuned for more details!




Diocesan opportunities for high school youth

We encourage our high school teens to consider applying for a place in one of these leadership development programs:


Jesus said, “…stay awake with me.” (Matthew 26:38)

Jesus said, “…stay awake with me.” (Matthew 26:38)

Each year during Holy Week, the children and young people (Grades 3 and older) of the parish keep an overnight vigil in the church. Nightwatch begins after worship on Maundy Thursday evening and ends after worship on Good Friday morning. With their adult mentors, participants walk the Stations of the Cross and consider the events of Jesus’ trial, suffering, death, and burial. Then the sleeping bags are unrolled in the worship space, and yes, sleep eventually comes.

Nightwatch 2018: March 29-30.  Details will be available in early March.

Contact Kathleen O’Donoghue, Children, Youth and Family Minister for more information.


Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church.  The bond established by God in Baptism is indissoluble. Anyone who is baptized at any age is marked as Christ’s own forever.

Baptisms occur in this parish when the community gathers to worship on four liturgical feast days: All Saints Sunday (November 6, 2016); the first Sunday after the Epiphany (January 8, 2017); Easter Eve (April 15, 2017); and the Day of Pentecost (June 4, 2017).  Alternative dates can be arranged by contacting the parish office. Prior to a child’s baptism, parents are asked to meet for pre-baptismal instruction with the rector.

To arrange for a baptism, please call the parish office at 617-738-1810, or contact the Rev. Richard Burden directly by email:

Please see this page for more information on baptism.