Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

552 West End Avenue, New York, New York 10024
(Church Entrance on 87th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue)
Tel. (212) 580-3326 ~ Fax (212) 873-1452

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Children and Families


Families with children are welcome at all our liturgies, especially at our 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Sunday morning masses.


Most Sunday mornings we have professional childcare available for infants and children up through age 6 in our well-appointed playroom from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Parents and children may come and go throughout the service. We also have crayons and lectionary-based coloring sheets available in the back of the church for children to use during the services.

For reasons of safety and security, children can not wander around the building without supervision, nor can older children be in the playroom, where the childcare providers need to concentrate on the needs of the younger children.





Sunday School
Sunday school for all ages begins at 10:15 A.M.. It takes place between the 9 and 11 A.M masses so families can choose which service they wish to attend. Our Sunday school is a unique blend of Godly Play, a Montessori-based curriculum developed by Episcopal priest Jerome Berryman; in-depth discussions of the weekly scripture readings, liturgical practices, and holidays; readings from other sources including The Jesus Storybook Bible; and free-choice time for drawing, puzzles, and other hands-on exploration. 

Youth Group 
Led by the Rector with special guest leaders, our middle school and high school students enjoy monthly meetings in which they share the Eucharist at a brief Mass and explore topics relevant to their interests and to their spiritual growth. They also go on fun outings and meet up with young Episcopalians from other parishes to broaden their social contacts.

Confirmation class is available this fall for interested youth and adults, beginning in middle school and led by the Rector with guest instructors. The class culminates in Confirmation during the Bishop’s visitation to the parish.  







Youth Acolytes
Beginning in primary school, or as soon as they are able, children are invited to serve as Youth Acolytes at both the 9:00 AM and the 11:00 AM masses. Participation can include serving at the altar, ushering, or reading the lessons. We even have high school-age thurifers, masters of ceremonies, and subdeacons! This ministry is vital part of our children's development as active participants in the liturgy and adds great vibrancy to our Masses.  


Family Events
Throughout the year we have special activities for children and families. All children are invited to participate in the annual Christmas Pageant during the early Mass on Christmas Eve and in our annual Easter Egg Hunt in the undercroft following the 9:00 AM Easter Day Mass. Many of our parish youth serve at the weekly soup kitchen and some participate in our Leopards group, in which members visit those who are in need of company or support. Children of all ages are of course enthusiastically welcomed at all coffee hours, parish luncheons, and service days and are an integral part of parish life at Saint Ignatius.



Parents seeking to baptize their children should contact the Rector. You will find more information about Baptism here

Information about Confirmation can be found here.