"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
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.
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).
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 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
Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls’ Bible Study
Each Monday from 4:30 to 5:30pm all fourth and fifth grade girls are welcome to attend a very lively Bible Study hosted at Sloane Brooks’ home. The group is led by Sloane Brooks and Anna Smith. This year, the girls are working from Head To Soul Makeover by Shelley Leith and 365 Days of Knowing God for Girls by Carolyn Larsen. Please contact Sloane Brooks for more information or to join the group.
The Christ Church Christmas Pageant
Children age three - fifth grade are invited to participate in the Christmas Pageant. This is a wonderful event in the life of the Sunday School and the church. Each child has a special role to play in presenting The Greatest Story Ever Told. Three and four years old play the role of angels, kindergarteners are stable animals,first graders are Heavenly Hosts, second graders play the shepherds, third graders are the townspeople and Roman guards, with the fourth and fifth graders serve as narrators and lead characters.
First Grade Communion Classes
Beginning January 22, 2017 during Sunday school our first graders will begin preparation for their Communion Celebration. They will study the Holy Eucharist, Rite II using Gretchen Wolff Pritchard’s book, Alleluia! Amen. Upon completion of our study, it is our goal that the children know much more about our church services and taking Eucharist. But more importantly, we want our first graders to begin to understand how, by baptism, we become a part of the church, our Christian family. We want them to know that Holy Communion is something special we do each Sunday with our Christian family to share, through the bread and the wine, the new life of our risen Lord. Of course, some children may already be taking Communion, which is wonderful. It is the hope that this class gives each child an opportunity to better understand the sacrament.
All first graders are invited to attend these sessions and to participate in a special Communion Celebration service on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the 9am service with a reception following to celebrate what they have learned.
Fourth Grade Sunday School Book Study of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
During the season of Lent, from Sunday, March 5 until April 2, the fourth grade Sunday school class will study the book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The group will read a couple of chapters each week and discuss them on Sunday mornings. No need to worry if your child hasn’t had a chance to read during the week, as we will also show a short movie clip each Sunday to get the ball rolling. We hope the children will join us in reading this allegory and find it important in relating to The Bible - especially appropriate during this Lenten season. We think they will enjoy studying the correlations.
Vacation Bible School 2017
Holy Moses! will be a week not to miss. Rising four-year-olds through fifth graders are invited to be part of this fun filled and educational week. VBS will take place each day, June 19 - 23, 9am - noon. The children will enjoy lessons as well as arts, crafts, games and songs all about Moses. The older group will also enjoy some time in the kitchen cooking as well as helping with the week’s outreach projects. All will present what they learned at our VBS Celebration Sunday on June 25. The cost for the week is $40 and online registration is now open. Click here to register today!
Also, rising sixth graders and older youth are invited to volunteer. Online registration is available on the Youth Ministry page. We hope to see you all there!