St. Mary's Learning Center

St. Mary’s 2022 Summer Learning Program


This summer the St. Mary’s Learning Center will be open to elementary school children Monday- Thursday, June 6-July 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. While on campus the children will be served breakfast and lunch and will rotate through VBS style activities (Bible, Art, Drama, Music, Science) while also having time for one-on-one tutoring, Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) blocks, and academic enrichment activities.

Our theme for the summer is Love First which will focus on learning how to love self, love neighbor and love God. We believe that God is love, and that love is a complicated thing in our broken world, and that Jesus shows us how to live in God’s love, because Jesus is God’s love come to life. We build our program around the central teachings of and stories about Jesus, and around the threefold summary of love that Jesus taught us: Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself. We believe God loves everyone, without exception, and that our responsibility as friends and followers of Jesus is to learn to do the same, in the way that Jesus did. Love First strives to foster empathy and compassion in children by developing a practice of caring for others. We commit to being a place where children and their families can practice being compassionate in a community that values love and compassion. 

We seek adult volunteers to serve as children’s ministers in our program. We need adults who are willing to help develop and lead Bible, Art, Drama, Music, or Science, or to help serve meals to the children and in all of these roles the primary goal is to build relationships of love and caring among the children and those in our community.

If you are interested in volunteering with the St. Mary’s Summer Learning Center or you have questions about how you might support our program, please contact the Rev. Laura Mann Magevney at

If you have connection with a young person, 7th grade or above, who would like to volunteer:

Youth Volunteer Link:


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  • 1924 N. Laura Street
  • Jacksonville, FL 32206
  • (904) 354-5075