Christ Church is a community- and family-centered parish with a thriving children and youth program. Providing opportunities for spiritual growth for children and youth is an important part of our life together at Christ Church. We offer several ways for children and youth to engage and grow in their faith, and invite you to join us each Sunday in worship and formation. For questions regarding our programming for children and youth, contact the Rev. Serena Sides, Assistant Rector.
Sunday school and Children’s Choir
Children and Youth Sunday School at Christ Church is held during the 10am formation hour from mid-September through May and uses interactive Bible-based curricula, which offer a creative and engaging approach to Christian education to ignite the imagination and faith of our young learners. Led by volunteer teachers, our children and youth meet together in posted rooms in the following groups: PK/K; 1st/2nd grades; 3rd/4th grades; and 5th grade and up (Youth). No registration is necessary for Sunday School. All children and youth are invited to be a part of this opportunity to grow and learn about the Episcopal church and the Christian faith.
We offer Children’s Choir for children in Kindergarten and up. The children offer their voices in song to the congregation twice a year, during the Advent and Easter seasons. They rehearse on Monday evenings from 6:30-7pm, for the five-six weeks prior to their musical offering. Older children and youth may have the opportunity to ring handbells depending on the selection of music.
Ministries for Younger Children
The Nursery, staffed by trained caregivers, who are certified through Safeguarding Our Children, is available for children ages 3 and under throughout Sunday morning.
Children’s Chapel at Christ Church is held for kids in PK-2nd grade during both our morning services. 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. Please note – Children’s Chapel at 11am is on break for Summer 2019. Children’s Chapel continues to be offered at 9am.
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. Please Note – Worship & Play is on break for Summer 2019.
Vacation Bible School is held each summer. 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.
Ministries for Older Children and Youth
Youth Acolytes serve at both services on most Sundays. Our acolytes help the liturgist set the table for Eucharist at both services and carry the cross or a torch at the 11 am service. Children who are in third grade and up are eligible to be trained as acolytes. Training is usually in October, but individual training can occur at any time.
Our Youth (5th grade and up) gather several times throughout the year for fellowship and fun. These parent-led activities range from game night to Bible study to cooking meals for those in need.
Rites of Passage
Baptism: Baptisms are held several times a year. Please contact the Rev. Serena Sides for more information.
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 2020, 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.