Children & Families

During the baptism of an infant or child, the congregation vows to “do all in [its] power to support [a] person in his or her life in Christ” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 303). At Christ Church, we uphold this vow by providing weekly classroom education for children, as well as fellowship and formation opportunities for all members of a family to grow and support each other in faith. Because we believe that our Christian life is centered in corporate worship, children of all ages are welcome at all services.

Click here for the the Children/Youth/Families calendar of events. To ensure our records are up-to-date, please complete the Sunday School Registration Form. Additional forms may be needed for participation in some programs/events.

For more information about any of these programs, contact Rita Yoe, Youth Missioner.

 

Sunday School

Christ Church considers the religious education and formation of children a central priority. With the support of the parish and over 25 volunteer teachers, we offer weekly education for children ages three and up. Sunday School classes meet from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. on Sunday mornings, mid-September through the end of May. Children ages three to five use a Montessori-based religious education program called Godly Play (see below for more information).

Classes for first through third graders use the Spark Lectionary, a curriculum that invites children into deeper exploration of the lectionary readings used in church each week. Fourth and fifth grade classes use the Connect curriculum, which looks at the Bible chronologically in an effort to find God’s “big story” of redemption in the countless smaller stories that are sacred to Christians. To learn more about the Spark Lectionary and Connect, visit the Sparkhouse website.

All classes include prayer, storytelling, discussion, and art projects. Students enjoy routine visits from clergy, a music teacher, and other special guests. In conjunction with the education curriculum, children participate in special observances such as the All Saints' and Palm Sunday processions and All-Ins - periodic Sundays on which all classes are combined and adults join for a take-home, seasonal lesson.

Sunday School classes take place in the Parish Hall building at 3116 O Street, just a few doors down from the church. Each Sunday, two volunteer Sunday School superintendents are available to welcome new children and families and to assist the Sunday School teachers as needed. Parents may attend the Adult Forum in Keith Hall during the Sunday School hour, attend the monthly Coffee and Colloquy gathering (usually in the Rectory), or gather for informal fellowship in the Memorial Room (third floor of the Parish Hall).

 

Godly Play

Designed for children ages three through five, Godly Play is an innovative, Montessori-based curriculum that engages young people through storytelling, ritual, and hands-on activity. Classes, which meet in two groups: the Caterpillars (three year olds) and the Butterflies (four and five year-olds/kindergarteners), are held each Sunday from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. Classrooms are on the first floor of the Parish Hall building, next to the nursery. To register your Caterpillars and Butterflies, contact Rita Yoe, Youth Missioner. For more information about Godly Playclick here.
 

Nursery

The Christ Church Nursery, for children four months to three years of age, is open during the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday liturgies, and the 10:00 a.m. Sunday School hour. The nursery is a welcoming, safe, and stimulating environment, which reflects to our youngest parishioners the love and warmth of the parish community and enables parents’ participation in adult and youth education programs. Professional child care providers engage the children in age appropriate activities. When a child is signed in to the nursery, the parent is asked to provide information essential to the safe care of the child and is given a pager in the event the nursery attendant needs a parent to return to the nursery. The nursery is located on the first floor of the Parish Hall.

 

Family Ministry

A significant portion of a child’s or youth’s faith development takes place within the context of the home. To support families in the Christian formation of their child(ren), Christ Church offers seasonal opportunities for worship, fellowship, and service, including:

  • "All-Ins", gatherings for all ages at the beginning of a new liturgical season. On "All-In" Sundays, the event takes place in lieu of regularly scheduled Sunday School classes and provides a celebratory lesson and activity for families to complete together.
  • Family nights throughout the year provide fellowship opportunities for parishioners of all ages.
  • An intergenerational evening program during the season of Lent includes supper and a speaker series for adults concurrent with a children's program focused on finding spirituality in classic children's literature.
  • An annual guided Eucharist class for parents and preschoolers/kindergarteners.