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Children & Families in the Diocese

The Diocese of Olympia honors children as integral members of the greater church.  Local congregations are encouraged to design faith formation activities specifically for children and to develop events and activities that appeal to families as well as the broader multi-generational community that the church represents. Diocesan staff and Children’s Commission members are eager to assist in creating or supplementing existing programs for children and families.

Children’s Commission

The members of the Diocesan Children’s Commission can help you with your questions around faith formation. With one click you will reach every member of the commission and they will happily crowd-source your question/concern. Whether you are new to a position and don’t know where to start; or if you would like advice on choosing curriculum or other resource; or if you need guidance on planning an event or recruiting volunteers; drop the commission a line and draw from the collective experience there — no request too small!

E-mail the Children’s Commission with a question:

Children’s Commission Members:

  • Sonja Lindberg, St. Margaret, Bellevue
  • Jan Akin, St. John, Olympia & St. Benedict, Lacey
  • Lindsay Knight, St. Paul, Bellingham
  • Elaine Ogden, St. Columba, Kent
  • Angela Reynolds, St. Andrew, Port Angeles

With additional support from:

Valerie Reinke, Canon for Faith Formation: 35 & Under
Sue Tait, Diocesan Resource Librarian

Upcoming Children & Family Ministry Meetings:

Children & Family Ministry Meetings are open to clergy, staff and volunteers who work with children in a church setting. Take advantage of this chance to collaborate with your colleagues, to share ideas, and to brainstorm for the future. Join us from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. at Diocesan House for lunch. RSVP to

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 4. 2019

Faith Formation Newsletter

Find resources, articles and feature stories that cover topics designed to give you fresh ideas for building faith in children & families, youth, and adults. To receive this monthly newsletter in your in-box, click the “subscribe” button on the top, right-hand side of this page. Click here for past issues of the newsletter.