Children's Ministry

Children's Ministry

"The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him."

Luke 2:40

Goals for the Children of Christ Church are for them to understand ...

... that they are known by God and by their church family.
... that they are loved by God and by their church family.
... that they belong to God’s family and to the family of Christ Church.

Weekly Children's Ministry Offerings

Christ Church Nursery (Infant - Age 4)

Nursery and childcare is available from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The nursery at Christ Church, located on the first floor of the Baker Wing, provides loving, safe and compassionate care for infants (eight weeks) through four years old during the 9 a.m. service and through six years old during the 11 a.m. service.The paid nursery staff are the primary caregivers for the children using the nursery.

The Nursery: Who Goes Where?

Infant Nursery: Infants eight weeks and older until they are walking comfortably.

Toddler Nursery: Toddlers to two years old.

Two Year Olds’ Classroom: Children who are two before Aug. 31.

Three Year Olds' Classroom: Children who are three before Aug. 31.

Four Year Olds’ Classroom: Children who are four before Aug. 31 during the 9 a.m. service and children through six years old during the 11 a.m. service.

Sunday School for Children (Age 2 - Grade 5)

Christ Church offers Sunday School classes for children ages two - fifth grade. The Sunday School hour is 10:10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. (between the 9 and 11 a.m. services).

Location

Classrooms are located on the first and second floor of the Baker Wing. The nursery as well as the two, three and four year old classrooms are on the first floor. Kindergarten through fifth grade classes are on the second floor.

Teachers

We have teams of loving, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who teach our preschool and elementary students.

Sunday School Curricula

Christ Church Children’s Ministry is happy to offer informative and engaging classes to children each week! This school year, there are some old favorites and also some new curricula.

Our two- to four-year-old classes are working from the same lessons used for many years, written by Pam Dameron and updated by Emily Jenkins. These youngest members learn through playtime, storytelling from the Old and New Testaments, 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 God’s love from His people, and to see himself as a child of God and the apple of His eye”.

Kindergarteners 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 art work.

The older children will enjoy three different curricula for the year.

The first grade class will use sermons4kids.com as the backbone for their lessons. These are sweet sermons and stories perfect for this age group. After Christmas, the class will begin a First Communion Curriculum with field trips and guest speakers to inform and engage them in a deeper understanding about Eucharist and our church. This 12-week series will culminate in a First Grade Communion Service and Celebration on April 23, 2017.

The second and third grades will be excitedly playing with Legos as they learn their Bible stories. This group will work from 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.” If you’re in the second or third grade, what could be better than that?

And finally, for the fourth and fifth grades, we will combine classes for the fall (while our building project is completed) and enjoy a Speaker Series. Each week the class will enjoy a different speaker on a topic close to their heart. On the schedule, we have our wonderful and knowledgeable clergy, two children’s outreach groups, parishioner John Ward on the history of Christ Church…and more! Once the New Year comes and we settle back into our own space, we will work from Weaving God’s Promises for Youth.

And for the fourth grade class, once again this year, we will complete a book study of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (part of The Mustard Seed curriculum) during the season of Lent.

Featured Dates + Events

Lenten Children's Outreach: Project CATCH
Project CATCH is a collaborative case management model that is completely unique to Raleigh, North Carolina. Project CATCH provides services and advocates for children experiencing homelessness and works with 11 area homeless shelters and programs to ensure that they are able to correctly identify and address the specific needs of the children in their care. By working closely with partner agencies, Project CATCH meets the needs of over 300 homeless children ages 0-18 years old in Wake County per year. In addition to providing services and case management to children, Project CATCH also provides monthly community engagement meetings and trauma trainings to inform the parents of various process and opportunities to benefit their children. Project CATCH has another component, Circle of Parents, a child abuse prevention program that addresses the stresses faced by parents experiencing homelessness. Project CATCH is the lead partner agency for the More Than a Roof Collaborative.

Journey Through Holy Week
Please join us for a Journey through Holy Week: Wednesday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Church. This service is especially geared toward families of young children, inviting children to walk with Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, to the Upper Room on Maundy Thursday for the Last Supper and Foot-washing, to the Cross on Good Friday. The 45 minute service includes music, movement, and prayer. Please plan to stay for a pizza dinner in the Commons.

Easter Egg Hunt
We are excited to have our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 1st in the South Courtyard beginning around 10:15 (in between services). Bring your basket and enjoy!

Vacation Bible School 2018 begins June 18
Vacation Bible School 2018—Rainbow Joe! will be a week not to miss.
Rising 4-year-olds through 5th graders are invited to be part of this fun-filled, educational week.
VBS will take place this year from June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The children will present what they learned about Joseph in church on Sunday, June 24. Online registration is now open through this link. Sign up today! And please share with your friends…
Also, please note, rising 6th graders and older are invited to volunteer. To volunteer your youth, sign up here.

Kids with Purpose
Kids with Purpose is a children's outreach ministry that seeks to instill a sense of Christian service and responsibility in children. We gather for two, six week sessions, in the fall and winter, partnering with a different community organization each week. Children learn about the work of that organization, and then we do an activity or create something that directly benefits that group.

Kids with Purpose is open to children in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Most of the gatherings take place at Christ Church, but sometimes we make a trip to a local agency. We meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. in October and November, and then in January and February.

In 2017-18, we partnered with organizations such as Family Promise, Neighbor to Neighbor, the Boys & Girls Club, Walnut Creek Wetlands, Special Olympics, Hope Reins, the Wake County Animal Shelter, and Rise Against Hunger.

Registration for Fall 2018, will begin in August. For more information, please contact us at kwp@ccral.org.

Program Leaders: Sloane Brooks, Tyler Cunningham, The Rev. Mary Davila, Emily Jenkins, Kacey Ragsdale, Rachael Yelverton

4th and 5th Grade Girls Bible Study
Please join us for a lively weekly Bible study with Sloane Brooks and Anna Smith. The group meets on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Sloane's home. This year, we will enjoy lessons from God and Me, and You're God's Girl. Please email Sloane - sbrooks@ccral.org - for more information or to sign up.

Sunday School Registration
Is your child between the ages of eight weeks and 5th grade? If so, please take a few minutes to register them for nursery care and/or Sunday school classes for the upcoming year. Visit http://bit.ly/CCSSReg to provide the necessary information. This will help us throughout the coming year.


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