Children of Redeemer

Explore the ministry opportunities for your children at Church of the Redeemer

Children’s Ministry at Redeemer

Realizing that children are the future of the church, Redeemer provides a myriad of ways in which children and their parents can “Take Their Place” in parish life to the fullest, building deeper faith, solid community, and stronger families along the way. We look forward to sharing with you all that Redeemer has to offer. Please note: All staff and volunteers who work with children (infants -5th grade) and youth (grades 6-12) at Redeemer have been screened, and have completed “Safeguarding God’s Children” training.

Jacki Boedecker
Director of Children’s Christian Formation



Join us every Sunday morning for Children’s Chapel during the 9 a.m. mass.

Sunday School takes place Sunday mornings during the academic year, following the 9 a.m. mass, for grades VPK – 12, and Sunday afternoons as part of the 1 p.m. mass in Spanish. Register here.

Vacation Bible School 2024 registration for rising K-5th graders is full, but link to our Waitlist here. 

Fill the Basket! A Sunday School Class Outreach Project. April 2024: Link here for more information







Have Questions?

If you have further questions concerning baptism, 1st Communion class, children’s programming and opportunities, or just visiting Church of the Redeemer with children, simply click the button below and get in touch with our Director of Children’s Christian Formation, Jacki Boedecker!


Click here to register for Sunday School

Click here to register to be an Acolyte





Acolytes and Choirs: Children grades 1 and up can serve as acolytes. Link here to register your child. Contact Beth Cave,  for details. Those in grades K-5 can be members of our world-class Redeemer Choir School. Contact for more information.

Children’s Chapel: Held Sundays during the 9:00 a.m. mass, children VPK and older leave for Gillespie Hall before the reading of the Gospel, and return for The Peace.

Sunday School: Throughout the academic year, a vibrant Sunday School program is offered weekly immediately following the 9 a.m. mass for children VPK through 12th grade. Redeemer feels it is essential for families and the church partner to foster faith that sticks. 10 – 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Classes are also offered during the 1 p.m. Sunday Spanish mass. Look for the directional sign in the narthex to help you find your child’s classroom. For safety’s sake, children 3rd grade and younger must be picked up by a parent at 10:40 a.m. Register here.

Redeemer Kids bags are filled with activity goodies, and are offered weekly upon arrival at mass.  “Redeemer Kids” bags are available on Sunday mornings in the narthex. They are filled with quiet time activities. We invite you to use them, take any artwork you create with you after church, and place the bag back on its “home” rack in the narthex before you leave. Bags and their contents are disinfected weekly.

Nursery: Our nurseries are open year-round for babies six-weeks-old through four-year-olds during the 9 and 11 a.m. services. Children who reach their fourth birthday by 9.1.23 head to VPK. Greeters are on hand to welcome families prior to the 9 a.m. mass. For access the nurseries at any time, call 941 955 4263, Ext. 216.  To learn more about our nurseries, link here.

“The Fourth Trimester… and Beyond” is a rotating Sunday morning offering for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all who love children, with a focus on health, happiness, and faith, and our shared goal of building a supportive, nurturing world as we journey with them through life. 10-10:40 a.m. Watch for our next four-week session here.


A sampling of Special Events and Weekday Programs

  • Sunday School – immediately following the 9 a.m. mass, and as part of the 1 p.m. mass in Spanish. To register for Sunday School, link here.
  • Serve on Saturdays – 3rd Saturday of each month, throughout the academic year. See bulletin for details.
  • Trivia & Bagels: Redeemer’s Summer Breakfast Club, our intergenerational Sunday School – Sundays in June, following the 9 a.m. mass.
  • Vacation Bible School takes place the week before school starts in Sarasota County, August 5-9, 2024. rising K-5th grades, 9 am- noon.
  • Blessing of the Backpacks – August 11, 2024, during the 9 a.m. mass.
  • VBS Celebration Sunday and “Sundaes on Sunday” – August 11, 2024, during and after the 9 a.m. mass.
  • Parents in Prayer, August 12, 2024, 10 a.m. in the chapel
  • Rally Sunday – August 18, 2024, following the 9 a.m. mass.
  • LOGOS 2024 – Wednesday afternoons in the Fall, 5-6:30 p.m. K-5th grades. Watch here for registration information.
  • Sunday School Open House, Sunday, September 1, 10-10:40 a.m.  Visit all classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Robinson Center (VPK-8th grade) and the Babcock Youth Room in the Bell Tower Wing (9th – 12th grade)
  • Parents’ Night Out Interactive Cooking Class – watch the bulletin for dates and registration
  • Blessing of the Animals – September 29, 2024, 5:45 p.m. in the parish courtyard
  • Trunk or Treat, October 26, 2024, Gulfstream Circle in front of the church, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • All Saints’ Wax Museum – November 3, 2024, 10 a.m., Gillespie Hall.
  • Advent Event – December 1, 2024, 10 a.m., Gillespie Hall. Make an Advent wreath and a Christ candle (from recycled Redeemer wax) for your household.
  • Mom’s Night Out – December 4, 2024, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Francis Garden and Gift Shop
  • Parish Family Christmas Lights Tour via Trolley. Watch here for details.
  • Christmas Eve Family Mass – December 24, 2024, 3 p.m. Live Nativity and a Special Visitor are part of this service. Childcare is provided for children ages six weeks through two years.
  • Christmas Break Overnight Camp, Grades 3-8, DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center. Watch for registration.
  • Race Back to Sunday School 2025 – watch for details
  • Bacon and Bagels in Bathrobes – January 26, 2025
  • 2025 Just Do It! Wednesday night programming for children grades K-5: Watch here for details and registration link.
  • Annual “Movie on the Lawn,” February 2025. Watch here for details and the registration link.
  • First Communion Classes 2025. Watch here for details and the registration link.
  • Little Hands, Big Hearts 2025 – Wednesday evening outreach during Lent, K-5th grades. Watch her for details and registration link.
  • Palm Sunday Procession of the Palms, Holy Week Tableaus, and Petting Zoo, April 13, 2025
  • Flowering of the Cross – April 20, 2024, before and after all masses.
  • Easter Day Egg Hunt – April 20, 2024, following the 9 a.m. mass. No baskets, please.