Youth Formation

Church School: Ages 4 years through 5th grade.  This group meets during the 10:30am Holy Eucharist on Sundays. 

Welcome to the Atrium ~ our new approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium," a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use.

You may be wondering how these materials help the religious life of children. If an adult hears a beautiful passage from the Bible, the adult might take a Bible, find the passage, and read it slowly again and again. He or she may think deeply about the words and perhaps speak to God in a thankful or hopeful prayer. But a little child, too young to read, needs another way. In an atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it - placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist. Older children who do read often copy parables from the Bible, lay in order written prayers from the rite of baptism, or label a long time line showing the history of the kingdom of God.

Church shcool contact:   Jim Rudolph   rudolphj1027@gmail.com or (208) 867-4419
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Youth Group: Ages 6th grade through 12th grade meets on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Contact Aaron McCall  aaron@vianova.org or (509) 591-8100

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Camperships for Paradise Point

The campership fund is dependent on the offerings made for Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries and Thanksgiving at Sunday’s Holy Eucharist.

The amount given for a campership will vary from year to year based on money in the campership fund and an estimate of campers for the year.

An announcement of the availability of camperships will be made in the various publications and postings of the parish.

To acquire a campership; contact the rector. The amount will be told to the camper (and family/guardian) of how much will be available for the camper. The amount of the campership should be deducted from the amount of the camp fee. St Stephen’s Parish will make one payment for all campers at or near the end of season to cover campership costs.

If a camper cannot attend camp because of cost, further arrangements will be made for the camper through the direction of the rector or designated person.

To view available camps and registar visit http://www.paradise.episcopalidaho.org/

Chimes Choir:  Mostly consisting of youth from ages 8 and above, the chimes choir performs approximately once a month during the 10:30 a.m. service.  Adults are often called upon to join the ranks for specific pieces and those who do enjoy every single minute.  Contact Wendy Shrumm at 288-0897 if this ministry piques your interest.