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.

Sunday School registration is now open for the 2018-2019 school year! To ensure our records are up-to-date, please complete the Sunday School Registration Form here. Registration is open all year and it's never too late to join a class! Additional forms may be needed for participation in certain programs/events.

For more information about children's or youth education, contact Rita Yoe, Youth Missioner.

Click here for the 2018-2019 Youth and Family Ministries brochure. 
 

Sunday School

Christ Church considers the religious education and formation of children a central priority. With the support of the parish and a team of 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. Beginning in 2018, Sunday School will start with a procession from the 9:00 service to the Auditorium, where students and teachers will meet for a brief assembly before dismissing to classes.

Children ages three to five use a Montessori-based religious education program called Godly Play. Click here  to learn more about the Godly Play method. Classes are divided into "Caterpillars" (three-year-olds) and "Butterflies" (four- and five-year-olds).

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 graders 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.

Sixth and seventh graders use the “Weaving God’s Promises” curriculum to deepen their understanding of lectionary texts and church history.

Eighth and ninth graders alternate exploration of lectionary texts and topical units on church practices and theology.

Tenth through twelfth graders gather the last Sunday of each month in the Auditorium. This year, sessions will focus on “Big Questions” of our faith.

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 for children up to grade 5 meet in the Parish Hall building at 3116 O Street, two doors down from the church. Middle and high school classes meet on the second floor of the church building. Each Sunday, a Sunday School superintendent can be found on the first floor of the parish hall 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 or gather for informal fellowship in the Memorial Room (third floor of the Parish Hall). Periodic meetings and other formational sessions are offered for parents throughout the year.
 

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/kindergartners.