Children

Our goals are for children of Christ Church, from birth through 5th grade, to understand that they are known and loved by God and their church family, and that they belong to God’s family and the family of Christ Church.

Click here for a full calendar of Children’s Ministry events and happenings

Featured Offerings

30 Minutes on Faith (10:20 to 10:50 a.m.)

Sunday School officially began Sunday, Oct. 3.  If you have a child in the 3-year-old class (children who were three before Aug. 31) to fifth grade, please register for Children’s Sunday school here.

In order to keep everyone safe, here is what you can expect on Sunday mornings:

  • Parents should accompany their children to Sunday School, where they will sign in with contact information.
  • Masks are required, and students will be distanced at least three feet.
    Windows will be opened in Sunday School classrooms and air purifiers will be used in each classroom.

Sunday School class locations:

  • Nursery – First Floor Baker Wing
  • 3’s and 4’s – Room 109, First Floor Baker Wing
  • Kindergarten – Room 207, Second Floor Baker Wing
  • 1st and 2nd – Harrison’s Room, Room 017, Located at the end of the hallway on the Basement level of the Baker Wing.
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade – All Saints’ Room, Room 128, across from reception desk by the entrance from our parking lot on Blount and Edenton Street.

Communion Curriculum: We are happy to announce that first and second grade Sunday School classes began Holy Communion Curriculum on Oct. 3. The children will participate in special lessons about the Eucharist, and learn more about Christ Church, with special lessons, speakers and field trips. Two Holy Communion Celebrations – special services to mark the end of this curriculum – are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. First and second grade families can register for the service of their choice here: 

*Classes, and a celebration for third graders who did not finish their Communion Curriculum in the past, will be scheduled in the new year.


God’s Girls: Fourth and fifth grade Girls’ Bible Study resumed in October, and will be held each Monday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Christ Church.  Anna Smith and Sloane Brooks will be the leaders of this special group.  Please email Sloane at sbrooks@ccral.org for more information or to sign up.


Christmas Pageant Casting for Fourth & Fifth Grade: On Sunday, Oct. 17, during the Sunday School hour, we will be casting the lead roles of the 2021 Christ Church Christmas Pageant in the fourth and fifth grade class. If your child is not able to be here but would like a role, please contact Sloane Brooks – sbrooks@ccral.org. More information will be sent to parents before this time. All are welcome and encouraged to be part of this special event. Pageant practice will be held on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. beginning Sunday, Oct. 24. The Christmas Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, Dec.19 at 5 p.m.

Weekly Offerings

Sunday Nursery Care

Nursery and childcare is available each Sunday from 8:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Our nursery provides loving, safe and compassionate care for infants (8 weeks) through 4-year-olds during the 9:15 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 (9:15 a.m. service); and children who are 6 (11 a.m. service)

Sunday School

Sunday School for age 3 through 5th grade is held each Sunday morning from 10:20 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. (between the 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. services) from October through May. Learn about our Sunday School curriculum here.

Please help us by registering your child (link) for Sunday School and/or Nursery care.

Sunday School Curriculum

Three and 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 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 will enjoy two different curricula for the year:

1st and 2nd grade classrooms will begin a Communion curriculum this fall, with field trips and guest speakers to inform and engage them in a deeper understanding about the Eucharist and our church. This 7-week series will culminate in a Holy Communion Celebration with Children & Families.

3rd through 5th grade 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 and others. Once the new year comes, the grades will work from Hearts Alive, a lectionary-based Gospel-centered curriculum targeted to this age group.

Kids with Purpose

Kids with Purpose from Christ Church Raleigh on Vimeo.

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 hope to offer Kids with Purpose again in the future.

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 – kwp@ccral.org