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Families with Children

Families of all sizes, shapes and hues are welcome and cherished at Old South.  The church provides an engaging and comprehensive Christian Education program, as well as a robust Children's Music Program, for infants through Senior High School.  Our First Worship service is particularly popular with young families who rise early on Sundays with their little ones.

Old South’s children and youth assume leadership for a number of special events throughout the year, including annual Youth Sunday, the All-Church Picnic, Reconvenanting Sunday Breakfast, Palm Sunday Breakfast, and Children’s Christmas Pageant. They also engage in service projects throughout the year, including fundraisers, toy and clothing drives, and other acts of service.

Visiting for the first time? Email churchschool@oldsouth.org.

Sundays – Childcare and Church School

For complete details on the Church School program, including age breakdowns and class times and locations, visit the Children & Youth Ministries page.

Childcare for Infants and Toddlers
Loving and tender care for infants and toddlers is provided by trained volunteers and professionals in the Blue Room on Sundays from 8:30 - 12:15.  Old South’s ADA compliant restrooms are outfitted with changing tables in both the men’s and women’s restrooms.

Church School for ages 2 through high school.
Rooted in the Scriptures and the Christian tradition, Old South’s Church School program offers a range of options for learning, service, and friendship.  We use The Whole People of God, an ecumenical, international and inclusive curriculum, focused on the stories of the Bible and upon the development of Christian faith.  Our caring and trained teachers, excellent curriculum, and a broad range of enrichment activities offer a variety of ways for children and youth to learn about the Christian faith and participate in the life of the community.

During First Worship (9:00 - 9:45), Church School classes meet for young children ages 2 through pre-K.  Alternatively, children and youth of all ages are welcome to worship with their families at First Worship. 

Between First Worship and Festival Worship (9:45 - 11:00), children ages 2 through 7th grade meet upstairs for classes and a range of age-appropriate crafts, games, music, and other enrichment activities, allowing parents to partake of Sunday morning adult education opportunities.  The Senior High Youth Group also meets during this time. 

During Festival Worship (11:00 - 12:15), Church School classes meet upstairs for children ages 2 through 7th grade.  High school students either attend Confirmation class or worship with their parents.

For complete details on the Church School program, including age breakdowns and class times and locations, visit the Children & Youth Ministries page.


Through the sacrament of Christian baptism, our young ones are affirmed as children of God and welcomed into the circle of Christ’s church. Baptism is offered throughout the year. To discuss baptism with one of our ministers, please call the church at (617) 536-1970.

Confirmation Class

Old South runs a two-year Confirmation program for students in grades 8 through 10. This program guides young people in exploring their faith and prepares them to consider affirming their faith through the rite of confirmation. For more information, call (617) 536-1970 or email churchschool@oldsouth.org.

Children’s Music Program

Music is an integral part of the Church School program. Age-appropriate groups include the Children’s Chime Choir, Children’s Percussion Ensemble, Chapel Ringers Bell Choir, Children's Choir, and Gospel Group. All children’s music groups perform in worship several times during the year.