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Children & Families in the Diocese

The Diocese of Olympia welcomes and 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 church staff position, a volunteer, or a parent/guardian; if you would like advice on choosing curriculum or other resources; 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

Other Resources

Scope & Sequence – A guide to which Christian concepts to teach and when to teach them based on children’s ages and developmental stages. Covers ages 4 – 18. Published by the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.

Choosing a New Curriculum? Read this First – Article by Dorothy Linthicum for Building Faith, a ministry of Virginia Theological Seminary.  She says, “Before we recommend curricula for specific age groups, we ask formation leaders to take a step back to look at the church as a whole, its strengths and weaknesses, its character or ethos, its beliefs and faith identity…” and includes a worksheet for doing just this.

Curriculum Chart for Children — A comprehensive overview by Sharon Ely Pearson, Christian Education Expert.

Top 12 Curriculum Picks – From the Building Faith editors: “Helping churches identify resources for Christian formation for all ages is a primary function of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary. Our staff reviews curriculum on an ongoing basis to find materials that best mirror mainline denominations and sound theology.”

Vacation Bible School: 2019 Reviews – The annual comparison chart from Building Faith which includes selections that:
1. Emphasize God’s love and care for all people;
2. Illustrate a distinctive theme supported by a cohesive program of stories and activities;
3. Present sound learning strategies based on developmental traits of the targeted audience.

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

Faith Formation Newsletter

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