Children’s Worship & Music at St. Paul’s

We encourage children to participate in the worship life of the congregation.  The “Children’s Moment” is a much-loved time in the service when children gather near the altar with the pastor to share in an interactive learning experience around one of the readings of the day.  We believe that experiencing God’s word through our church liturgy and song is an important aspect of a child’s Christian education.  During the pandemic as we have been worshiping online, Pastor Johanna has maintained the children’s moment, and offered other suggestions for ways children can engage in worship from home.
Under the leadership of our Children’s Choir Director, Holley Haynes, we strive to provide musical opportunities for all children from birth through their teen years.  We are always thinking creatively about how children can contribute to worship and music in meaningful ways that don’t merely put them on display. In addition to Sunday worship, incorporate music for all ages into Sunday School and Family Faith Nights, the annual Christmas Pageant, and Vacation Bible School.  
As children grow at St. Paul’s their opportunities for participating in worship through song continues.  Teens are invited to join our Handbell and Adult Choirs.  Teens who study instruments share their musical offerings under the supervision of our Minister of Music.   
Holley Haynes guides the elementary and preschool children in spiritual and musical growth. With her passion and energy for early elementary music, she organizes the Christmas Pageant, and leads music for our summer Vacation Bible School program. 


Holley has been devoted to teaching music to young children for 17 years. Holley teaches preschool at the Mendon Community Nursery School  (MCNS) in Mendon, NY. At MCNS she is the lead teacher for their 3 year-old class and their Music and Literature classes. She also supervises and mentors music education student teachers at SUNY Fredonia. Prior to moving to the Rochester area in 2009, she taught at Temple University’s early childhood music program and in the public schools in New Jersey. Recently, several of Holley’s songs and lesson plans have been accepted for publication in the upcoming book Music Play II: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum.  

Holley Haynes has a Bachelor of Music Education from Rutgers University and a Master of Music Education from Temple University. She is a faculty member for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning in early childhood music. Holley shares her expertise with parents, undergraduate students, teachers, and music educators in the United States and China through presentations and workshops.