Our goals are for children, ages birth through 5th grade, of Christ Church to understand that they are known and loved by God and their church family and that they belong to God’s family and to the family of Christ Church. View the 2020 Children’s Ministry Calendar here (link).
Blessing of the Backpacks
Please join us as we kick off the school year on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 4 until 5 p.m. We’re excited to host a drive-through backpack/device blessing to kick off the 2020 school year. Your Children and Youth Ministry program leaders miss you so much! We’ll be on hand, as will our wonderful clergy, who will offer their prayers and blessings for a meaningful year of instruction! We are also using this as an outreach opportunity to support Neighbor 2 Neighbor. They have asked for the following school supplies, which we will collect during the backpack blessing – 3-subject notebooks, 2-inch binders, and mechanical pencils. These items will support their onsite programs this fall.
Families and Faith—For Parents of Young Children
As parents, we hope to cultivate a spiritual life for our families and young children. This often can feel challenging as children have faith; however, they may not automatically acquire the words and actions to express their faithfulness. We hope this will be a place to support parents on their journey as they nurture families and young children spiritually. We will look at praying with children and discussing ways to create sacred space at home, as well as reflect on the holy moments that happen each day.
Holy Ground: A Group for Moms to Reflect Upon Racism
Starting September 10, The Rev. Mary Davila and Katie McKenzie will convene a group whose mission is to serve as a space for white mothers to honestly explore our own unintended conditioning and behaviors related to prejudice, discrimination, and racism. We intend to learn with an open mind and humble heart in order to deepen our commitment to racial and social justice. We will read the book White Fragility and discuss our own particular experiences with race. More information will be forthcoming, but please know that the group meets via Zoom on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:45 through October 29. Group size is limited to 12, and registration will take place on August 24. Questions? Contact Mary or Katie.
Sunday Nursery Care
Nursery and childcare is available each Sunday from 8:45 a.m. until 12:15 a.m. Our nursery provides loving, safe and compassionate care for infants (8 weeks) through 4-year-olds during the 9 a.m. service, and through 6-year-olds during the 11 a.m. service. The paid nursery staff are the primary caregivers for the children in the nursery. Here is how our nursery classrooms are broken down:
- Infant nursery: infants 8 weeks and older (until they are walking comfortably)
- Toddler nursery: toddlers through 2-year-olds
- 2-year-old classroom: children who turn 2 before Aug. 31
- 3-year-old classroom: children who are 3 before Aug. 31
- 4-year-old classroom: children who are 4 before Aug. 31 (9 a.m. service); and children who are 6 (11 a.m. service)
Sunday School for ages 2 through 5th grade is held each Sunday morning from 10:10 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. (between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services) from September through May. Learn about our Sunday School curriculum here.
Please help us by registering your child (link) for Sunday School and/or Nursery care.
Children’s Ministry Sunday School Curriculum
2 through 4-year-old classrooms are working from lessons written by Pam Dameron, and updated by Emily Jenkins. Our youngest students learn about the Old and New Testaments through playtime, storytelling, art, music and prayer. The goal of our preschool curriculum is to help the child perceive church as a pleasant and secure place, to understand the immeasurable greatness of Go’d love from His people, and to see himself as a child of God and the apple of His eye.
Kindergarten classrooms will enjoy Godly Play lessons from a team of 11 talented teachers. Godly Play is a method of telling the stories of our Christian heritage using carefully chosen words and lesson pieces which capture the imagination of the children. The children have the opportunity to respond to the stories through wondering questions and artwork.
The older children enjoy three different curricula for the year –
1st grade classrooms will use sermons4kids.comas the backbone for their lessons. These are sweet sermons and stories perfect for this age group. After Christmas, our 1st graders begin a First Grade Communion curriculum, with field trips and guest speakers to inform and engage them in a deeper understanding about the Eucharist and our church. This 12-week series will culminate in a First Grade Communion Service and Celebration.
2nd & 3rd grade classrooms will be playing with Legos as they learn stories from the Bible. This group will work from the Building Faith Brick By Brick: An Imaginative Way to Explore the Bible with Children by Emily Slichter Given, and The Brick Bible by Brendan Powell Smith. Both curricula, “reach into the stories of God while digging deep down into an enormous bin of Lego bricks. A divine pairing indeed.”
4th & 5 grade classrooms will combine classes for the fall and enjoy a speaker series. Each week, the class will learn from a different speaker on a topic close to their heart. Speakers include members of our clergy, two children’s outreach groups, parishioner John Ward, and more! Once the new year comes, the two grades will work from Hearts Alive, a lectionary-based Gospel-centered curriculum targeted to this age group.
During the second semester, these classes will work from the New Growth Press: Heart’s Alive Curriculum, with special lessons during the season of Lent.
Kids with Purpose (KWP) is a children’s outreach ministry that seeks to instill a sense of Christian service and responsibility in children. We partner with a different community organization each week. Children learn about the work of that organization, and participate in an activity that directly benefits that organization.
Kids with Purpose is open to children in kindergarten through 5th grade. Most of the gatherings take place at Christ Church but sometimes we visit local agencies. We will meet on Tuesdays from Jan. 28, through March 3. Register (link) through Nov. 15, and receive discounted pricing!
Some of our partner agencies include: Family Promise of Wake County, Neighbor to Neighbor, the Boys & Girls Club, Walnut Creek Wetlands, Special Olympics, Hope Reins, the Wake County Animal Shelter, and Rise Against Hunger.
Contact KWP Leaders – firstname.lastname@example.org