Christ Church is a community- and family-centered parish with a thriving children’s program. Providing opportunities for spiritual growth for children is an important part of our life together at Christ Church. We offer several ways for children to engage and grow in their faith, and invite you to join us each Sunday in worship and formation. For questions regarding our educational programming for children, contact the Rev. Serena Sides, Assistant Rector.
Sunday School at Christ Church, is held during the 10am formation hour and uses the Sparkhouse curriculum, which offers a creative and interactive approach to Christian education that will ignite the imagination and faith of our young learners. Our children meet together in posted rooms in the following groups: PK/K; 1st/2nd grades; 3rd/4th grades; and 5th grade and up. No registration is necessary for Sunday School, and all children are invited to be a part of this opportunity to grow and learn about the Episcopal church and the Christian faith.
The Nursery, staffed by trained caregivers, who are certified through Safeguarding Our Children, is available for families every Sunday. During the 9am service, the nursery is open to children ages 5 and under, and during the 10am formation hour and 11am service, the nursery is available for children ages 3 and under.
Children’s Chapel at Christ Church is held for kids in PK-2nd grade during the 9 am service (new for Spring 2018) and during the 11am service. Children’s Chapel introduces children to the basic tenets of the liturgy–prayer, song, and scripture–through a fun and engaging child-centered worship service. The children begin in the nave with their families, leave for Children’s Chapel before the readings and sermon, and return to the nave for the Eucharist.
Children’s Worship and Play is held on the second Sunday of the month at 5pm. The service is geared towards young children (ages 6 and under) with songs, story, and Communion. The 30 minute service is followed by a simple dinner provided by parent volunteers in the Parish Hall that gives the children time to play and the adults time to get to know and support one another.
Youth: Our youth are integrated into the life of our parish. Many of our youth serve as acolytes at our services, and they also enthusiastically support our outreach projects and parish events. The Christ Church Youth Group for kids in 5th grade and up meets frequently during the year.
Vacation Bible School is held each summer for a week in the evenings. Children explore a theme through story, music, arts and crafts, and games. This is a great time for children to really get to know one another and the stories of our faith more deeply.
Rites of Passage
Baptism: Baptisms are held several times a year. Please contact the Rev. Cara Spaccarelli for more information by emailing her.
Communion Recognition – We offer communion to all people who come to the table, including children. At the same time, we recognize that children can come to understand the nature of communion differently as they grow. In winter 2018, we will offer second graders and up a communion recognition service that follows a communion workshop for parents and children where they learn more about this central sacrament of our faith.
Confirmation: Classes to prepare for confirmation are offered every other year for sixth graders and up with our clergy and lay leaders. Please contact the Rev. Serena Sides for more information.