All children are welcome in worship at St. Mary’s, but for those parents who would like to take time alone during mass the St. Mary’s Nursery and is available from 10:30AM-12:30PM, and children from infancy to 5 years old are welcome.
The nursery is located in the Sunday School classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Parish Hall. To get there travel through the rear doors of the church, left through the Cloister, then up the stairs (between the Cloister and Parish Hall, you can’t miss them as they’re quite grand). Also, an usher can escort you there if you ask. The nursery schedule loosely follows the academic year and is in session from the first Sunday after Labor Day until the Sunday before Memorial Day. You are welcome to retrieve your child at the Exchange of the Peace if you would like them to participate in communion!
There will not be nursery during the Sunday following Thanksgiving.
The nursery will be staffed by a rotation of paid staff and volunteers, and on the days when the ages of the children make it appropriate, there will be Godly Play lessons exploring various stories of the Bible.
Sara Macro Forrest has been a parishioner at St. Mary’s Hamilton Village for 15 years, and Sunday school teacher for over ten years. She is the mother of two teenage daughters, alumni of St Mary’s Nursery School, and godmother of two. She works at Bryn Mawr College, and in her spare time enjoys gardening, jogging, and crocheting. Spending time with the children and youth of St Mary’s, and watching their spiritual growth, has been a blessing in her life.
Vanessa Albert Lowry has been a member at St. Mary’s since 1985, when she was at Law School at Penn. She began teaching Sunday school when her elder son was 5 or 6. He is now 17. Her younger son is 13 and recently confirmed. She is excited to begin serving the next cohort of young children and their families as a caregiver and teacher by providing a safe and welcoming place for children and a place where each has the opportunity to begin to engage, at their own pace, with the stories, music and ideas that shape our faith.
Ann Farnsworth-Alvear lives in West Philly and has three teenagers, all of who have fond memories of years of Sunday School at St. Mary’s–mostly be cause this wonderful community was always able to make room for fun and play. She and her husband, Rui Dasilva, are trilingual (Spanish/Portuguese) and very involved with large, loving Colombian and Angolan extended families. For work, she teaches Latin American history for the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania.
Annie Wightman is originally from Bethlehem, PA, where she graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School. Annie is a senior nursing student at Penn, and a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. As an undergraduate she has assisted with research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Annie has been babysitting since she was a young teen, and is glad to share her skills with the children of St. Mary’s.