Children & Youth

Inviting the Children of God to Become Joyful Learners

Nursery Program

Children are welcome to attend all worship services with a  supervising adult.  We also offer childcare during our 10:30 am worship service and evening programs.  Nursery workers are available beginning at 10 am every Sunday. The nursery is located in the education wing of the church on the right side of the hallway. Our nursery supervisor is aided by paid and/or voluntary nursery staff persons who have experience working with small children. Parents are always welcome and invited to participate with their children in the nursery.

Stephan Philpott, Nursery Coordinator
541-757-6647

Sunday School  / Youth Group

Hello, wonderful people of Good Sam! There have been some changes regarding Sunday School and Youth Group at Good Samaritan that I believe have brought great depth and renewed energy to all! Let me fill you in a bit on the plans. Folks felt that a weekly Sunday morning Sunday School just wasn’t working any more, and that folks would love to try something new. So, I was tasked with creating, dreaming, wondering what that something new might be.
There’s a website, with resources for family faith formation at home. Things on the website include storytelling opportunities, prayers, discussion starters, videos on a variety of topics including an instructed Eucharist, Christian history, etc. Folks have the opportunity to learn as a family, or team up with other families for the conversations!
See website at raisinginthefaith.weebly.com.

Corvallis Youth Collective: A youth group for middle and high school aged children in Corvallis from Grace Lutheran, Good Sam, 1st Presbyterian, 1st United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, First Congregational (UCC), and the UU Fellowship. We have monthly fellowship and service events for youth in middle and high school get to know and grow in faith with other children their age from similar faith backgrounds.

Children & Youth Music Program

We offer several different choirs for our young people which contribute meaningfully to our worship experience.  It is also a wonderful opportunity for the children and young people to explore and offer their talents for the wider community.

Youth Choir members have the opportunity to learn liturgical repertoire in combination with a more structured vocal technique through the Royal School of Church Music program.  Youth receive a high quality musical education teaching voice, notation, part-singing and the meaning of liturgical song within worship. We encourage all parents who have children ages 8-13 to consider this opportunity.

Children’s Library

Our Children’s Library, located near the west entrance of the Education Wing, offers books and videos for a variety of ages. They are available for use in the library or to be lent for a two-week period at home. The library is open at all times and may be used for quiet play as well as looking through the books. The children’s library also includes resources on parenting.

Acolyte Program

Serving as assistants at the altar, acolytes play a significant and visible role during our Sunday worship, and at all of our Principal Feasts throughout the year. Undertaking various duties, acolytes typically serve as the crucifer and torchbearers during our processions.  They are the first sign of our joint call to worship and serve. Children and youth 9 years and older are invited to join the ranks of acolytes. Duties for our junior acolytes begin with simple functions and become more complex as acolytes gain experience and confidence. Training is provided on a group basis twice a year.  Support for individual learning is ongoing.

Cynthia Rodriguez, Acolyte Master
541-757-6647/ cdrodriguez@comcast.net

Lectors in Training

Lectors are people who read from the Old and New Testament during services each week.  Those young people who feel confident in their reading voices and who want to explore this important ministry of proclamation are invited to receive training and share their talents.

Pat Wohlwend, Lector Coordinator
541-757-6647

Ushers in Training

Ushers help greet people before each service, hand out bulletins and offer assistance as needed throughout our worship services.  Those young people who would be interested in this ministry of welcoming and hospitality are invited to receive training and share their talents.

Bob Bernhard and Jim Wohlwend, Usher Coordinators
541-757-6647

Vacation Bible School

We offer Vacation Bible School each year during the Summer for children entering Kindergarten to grade 5. Older children and youth participate with adults as group leaders. It is a time of music, crafts and activities based around a biblical theme.

Rev. Simon Justice, Rector
541-757-6647 / simon.justice@gmail.com

Summer Camp

Camps for children (ages 6-18) and families are offered through our Diocesan Office.  Camping financial assistance is available through the Episcopal Church Women of Good Samaritan and The Rev. Dcn. Peggy Bernhard Scholarship Fund.

Rev. Simon Justice, Rector
541-757-6647 / simon.justice@gmail.com