In Mark’s gospel, a group of parents brought their children to see Jesus. Rather than send them away, Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them. This is the model of ministry we follow at Christ Church. We have a two-fold focus:
Wednesday, September 9, 6:30 p.m.
Kick off a new year of GAP45! Parents are invited to a brief meeting and pizza dinner in the Children’s Chapel at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 12, 5 p.m.
Invest in your relationships ... without the kids.
Sundays at 9:15 & 11 a.m. in the Archgate Center
Preschool - 5th Grade
Sunday School is the focal point of Children’s Ministry. Children study God’s word in classrooms that are brightly decorated and inviting to children. Caring teachers and assistants welcome the children, teach them from the Bible and reinforce the lesson through activities and crafts.
Children have a time of worship each Sunday morning as well. Preschoolers worship together, learning a short Bible verse and singing songs to God with lots of motion and fun! Children in K–5th grade gather in the Children’s Chapel for high-energy songs, readings from scripture and liturgical prayers that draw from our Anglican heritage.
Sundays at 9:15 & 11 a.m.
3rd - 5th Grade
We believe it is vital to include children in worship with their larger church family. For this reason, our third, fourth and fifth grade classes will start off in Sunday School, then join their families in the sanctuary during the Peace for Holy Communion. We are excited to partner with parents and preparing these children for a lifetime of faithfulness to Christ and His church in this way.
Sundays, 9:15 & 11 a.m. in the Archgate Center
2nd Grade (fast track offered in the spring for 3rd - 5th Grade)
Understanding the Eucharist is central to instructing young Christians in the Anglican tradition. Communion Discovery guides students through teachings on the liturgy, Anglican theology, the Bible and Holy Communion. Students also meet with members of the clergy and Altar Guild. Coming to the communion rail will be a meaningful experience as students know what the prayers, symbols, and elements of communion mean.
Communion Discovery encompasses the curriculum of 2nd grade Sunday school. In the spring, there is also a special “fast track” class for 2nd through 5th grade students who might have missed this class in Sunday school.
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Archgate Center
4th - 5th Grade
Our fourth and fifth graders meet midweek for a time of Bible study, games and hanging out with friends. GAP45 is intentionally designed to give pre-teens a time to build relationships with Jesus, their friends and adult volunteers in a setting fun for tweens. Students have an opportunity to purchase pizza and drinks before playing games and having a Bible study and small group discussion. GAP45 also sponsors events such as bowling, rock climbing, movie nights and an overnight retreat.
Every year, Children’s Ministry hosts special events for Christ Church families to fellowship with one another, and as an opportunity to introduce friends and family to Christ Church. Three of the major events include the following:
Children have a special opportunity to learn about the birth of Jesus by performing a traditional Christmas Pageant. Children preschool through 5th grade are welcome to participate.
A celebration festival held the Saturday before Easter. The Christ Church lawn is filled with games; bounce houses, face painting and crafts to celebrate Christ’s resurrection and victory over death.
Every June, Christ Church welcomes around 350 children and 150 adult and teen volunteers to campus to learn about Jesus in a fun, energetic environment. High-energy music, games, crafts, and skits make the Bible come alive for children and adults alike!
Raising children to be disciples of Jesus Christ is a daunting task. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone! Christ Church Family Ministries want to encourage and equip you for your God-given task of parenting your children. We partner with parents in several ways: