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Little Carpenters

Play Group

Spring 2019 Session is Underway!

This group is for kids 0-5 yrs old accompanied by a parent, guardian, grandparent or caregiver.  All parishioners and friends of Saint Joseph parish are welcome!  There is no fee to participate.

Fall Session

Wednesdays from 10-11 am, East Campus, Media Center
April 3: Spring and Weather
April 10:  Tumbling
April 17:  Easter
May 1:  Space/Earth Day
May 8:  Mother's Day
May 15:  Animals

For questions or more info, contact Laurie Neary at or 419-885-5791 ext 254

If you have a special gift or talent to share with the youngest members of our parish, or would like to help plan the sessions, please contact Laurie.

"From the start, I thought that the Little Carpenters playgroup was a great idea. Speaking from experience, parents of young children can have a hard time finding ways to join in the parish community since it's not always easy to bring children to various parish activities.  The playgroup was very welcoming, and a great way to get to know other parents and children in the parish. Fun activities were always planned with local experts, including a music teacher, a storyteller, and others. It was lovely to watch my young daughter engage in the activities and participate with her, knowing she was building skills needed for her future preschool career."

Christine Angevine

"We first learned about the Little Carpenters playgroup through the preschool at St. Joe's. My two-year-old daughter and I jumped at the opportunity to meet new families and take part in an activity at the parish. I loved that there was a program starting for younger children and their parents.

We did not know what to expect when we showed up the first day, but we were happy to see a large group of children and adults had also come to see what this was all about. The playgroup began and ended each session with a children's prayer, and there was always a Bible verse that pertained to that week's theme. The activities were an age-appropriate mix of art, music, movement, and storytime. My daughter was engaged and interested in all of the different activities. She could not wait to go back each week to see what they would be doing next.

As my daughter became more comfortable with the playgroup she also became more familiar with the school, and now yells, “There's my Little Carpenters!” when we drive past the building. The best part of attending Little Carpenters is that we both recognize more familiar faces in church and around town, and that helps us feel more connected to the church community." 

Amanda Dwyer