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

Dec. 6 – St. Nicholas Night

We hope your family will join us as we celebrate the legend of St. Nicholas on Monday, Dec 6 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. We will gather in the south courtyard for some seasonal music, the story of St. Nicholas, Christmas crafts, a pizza dinner and perhaps a special guest… We hope to see you there!

Featured Offerings

Dec. 19 –  Christmas Pageant!

We are so excited for this year’s Christmas pageant which will take place Sunday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. We are happy to continue this tradition, but sad to announce it will be our beloved directors’ last pageant. After many, many years, parishoners Jennifer Moran and Jennifer Doerfler will retire as directors. We hope you will join us to celebrate them and their devotion to Christ Church and our Children’s Ministry.

As for our cast, the fourth and fifth graders have their leading roles and are practicing each week until Dec. 12. Please have the lead cast report to the Parish Hall every Sunday, from 11 a.m. to noon. All others, age three through third grade who would like to participate can sign up outside their Sunday School room or notify Sloane Brooks via sbrooks@ccral.org to sign up. The last day to do this is Sunday, Dec. 5. After this time, the directors will need to make plans based on the numbers registered.

Pageant practice for first through fifth grades will take place during Sunday School on Sunday, Dec 12 and a special practice in the church for kindergarten through fifth grade on Saturday, Dec. 18 (9-11 a.m. for fourth and fifth grade and 10-11 a.m. for all other ages).

Fourth and fifth graders interested in submitting a Christmas drawing for the bulletin, please draw on white paper or card stock in pen or pencil and submit to Sloane Brooks by Monday, Dec. 13.


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:

Parents of Third Grade Children: Please mark your calendars for Jan. 30 when we will resume the last two classes of Holy Communion Curriculum, which were not completed in 2020. The third graders will bake their own communion bread and have an instructed eucharist prior to the Holy Communion Service and Celebration which will  take place on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 9:15 a.m.  Please contact Sloane Brooks via sbrooks@ccral.org with any questions.


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.

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