"The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him."
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
In the summer months, the nursery coincides with our summer workship schedule. Nursery is available infants (eight weeks) through six years old from 9:30-11:30am.
Nursery and childcare is available from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 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.
Christ Church Children's Ministry 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). Sunday School is held from September to May.
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.
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 28, 2019.
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 to 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 Hearts Alive, a Lectionary-based Gospel-centered curriculum targeted to this age group.
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 Events (during the program year)
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.
Kids with Purpose
Tuesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 6, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
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.
Our slate for fall 2018 is:
Oct. 2: Therapy Animals, making dog biscuits
Oct. 9: Growing Together Preschool
Oct. 16: A Place at the Table, emphasis on feeding ministries
Oct. 23: Boys & Girls Club, Halloween Carnival at Christ Church
Oct. 30: Project Linus, making blankets for children in hospitals
Nov. 6: Through Our Eyes, a soulful connection between people who are homeless, and the art of photography
Program Leaders: Sloane Brooks, Tyler Cunningham, The Rev. Mary Davila, Emily Jenkins, Kacey Ragsdale, Rachael Yelverton
4th and 5th Grade Girls Are invited to join The GGs
This group, formerly called Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls, is now the GGs (God's Girls). 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, beginning in September. Please email Sloane - firstname.lastname@example.org - for more information, or to sign up.
Christmas Pageant Casting - Sunday, October 7th
During the Sunday school hour, we will be casting the lead roles of the 2018 Christ Church Christmas Pageant in the Fourth and Fifth grade classes. If you are interested in participating, please mark your calendars to be present. If you are not able to be here but would like a role, please contact Sloane Brooks at email@example.com. More information will be sent to all parents before this time. All are welcome and encouraged to be part of this very special event.
Pageant practice will be held on Sunday mornings at 11am beginning Sunday, October 21st. This year’s pageant will be on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 5:00pm.
Baby Brunch – Sunday, October 21st
Are you a new or expectant parent? Do you have questions about who will care for your newest addition on Sunday mornings? Please join us in the church Library on October 21, at 10:15 a.m. for brunch, a nursery information session and a tour of the Baker Wing. Please take this opportunity to meet our staff, learn about our nursery procedures, talk about Baptism and meet other parishioners experiencing the joys of new parenthood. For more information contact Sloane Brooks, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spooky Supper and Halloween Carnival - Tuesday October 23 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars for the annual Spooky Supper and Halloween Carnival This year we will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our talented Kitchen Guild... Including the always popular chocolate covered Halloween Oreos. Also, back by popular demand… Fairy Hair (5 strands for $15). Please bring $ to enjoy a festive dinner together and a night of pre-Halloween fun. As always, there will be ghoulish games, cool crafts, premium prizes and unbeatable trick or treating. We hope you will join us for this festive night. Don your costumes and come on!
Santa's Workshop donations needed
Do you have a gift closet that needs cleaning out? Bought a few extra picture frames you don’t need?
Children’s Ministry will sponsor Santa’s Workshop at the Greenery Sale again this year. Set for Saturday, December 1st from 10am--12noon, Santa’s Workshop is a chance for children to shop for their families while their parents buy their greenery. The kids are so excited to pick out gifts for their loved ones… and at the Santa’s workshop price, who wouldn’t be?
We are looking for donations to sell…new or gently used small items we can re-gift. We need gifts for the whole family…men, women, boys and girls… Please label and bring donations to the Children’s Ministry Office. Who knows, you may see it again under the tree on Dec 25th.