Children and Youth

Children's Education

Children from 3 years old through 5th grade will enjoy being together, learning, singing and praying at one of the programs designed especially for them.

Godly Play

A New Approach to Sunday School

“Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond.”

Godly Play, for children in Preschool - Grade 5, takes place on Sunday mornings between services. Children should go to their respective classrooms on the lower level by 9:20am. Classroom teachers will guide children to the Godly Play classroom at the appropriate time. September through May.

Vacation Bible School

Experience VBS week at St. Paul: a high-energy, rollicking week, where children in preschool through 6th grade participate in a variety of activities centered on a theme.

Vacation Bible School for summer 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Youth Education

Middle School/Confirmation

Our confirmation ministry is for middle school students in 6th - 8th grades. This ministry offers a time and place for youth to:

  • Build community through fellowship events
  • Serve through mission projects
  • Grow spiritually through faith education

Activities include Sunday morning gatherings at 9:25 am, and special events such as retreats, social activities and service projects throughout the year.

High School

St. Paul’s high school ministry continues to build on faith and relationships developed during confirmation.

High Schoolers meet Sunday mornings at 9:25 in the Loft (the balcony of the Sanctuary), September through May.


Logos is a Bible/Book study that meets at the Starbucks on Roosevelt in Villa Park. Join us for snacks, study, and homework! Check the calendar for dates.

Special Events

High School students are invited to participate in a variety of service events, retreats, and fellowship opportunities. Each summer, the group goes on trip to either the ELCA National Youth Gathering, a mission project, or to the wilds of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area.

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Youth permission form