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. 

Sunday School registration is now open for the 2019-2020 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 the Reverend Crystal Hardin.

Click here for the 2018-2019 Youth and Family Ministries brochure. 
 
Click here for the April issue of the Youth and Family newsletter, Good News.
 

Worship

We believe that participation in worship is central to the development of a young person's faith, just as it is for adults. Worship is where children first hear and become familiar with the Scriptures, prayers, and music that shape our beliefs. We encourage families to bring children of all ages to worship as often as possible, and invite children and their families to become involved with leading worship as they grow. 
 
Young people learn to serve in various roles at the 9:00 service, including:
  • Greeters and Assisting Ushers: Children and youth of all ages may sign up on the Sunday School registration form to help welcome congregants, take up the offering, and direct worshippers to Communion.
  • Acolytes and Lectors: Beginning in fourth grade, students will learn about these roles in Sunday School, and may sign up to serve in them
  • Youth Choir: Click here to learn more about the Youth Choir

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. Sunday School begins 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" (Pre-K) and "Butterflies" (K-1st grade).

Second through fourth graders use the Spark Lectionary, a curriculum that invites children into deeper exploration of the lectionary readings used in church each week.

Fifth and sixth 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.

Seventh and eighth graders use the Weaving God’s Promises curriculum to deepen their understanding of lectionary texts and church history.

Ninth through twelfth graders will take part in a new offering. Meeting primarily on Sundays, they will consider complex societal issues in light of the Christian faith utilizing an engaging mix of conversation, field trips, outside speakers, and theological study. This year, they will explore the topic of homelessness in our community. 

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 fourth grade meet in the Parish Hall building at 3116 O Street, two doors down from the church. The high school class meets in this building as well. Fifth through eighth grade classes meet on the second floor of the church building. 

Parents may attend the Adult Forum in Keith Hall during the Sunday School hour or gather for informal fellowship in the auditorium (2nd 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.