Parents and Families

We believe that faith practiced as a family provides a steadfast base for children and teens.

We want to equip, empower, and engage families to be the church in the world. We do that by providing opportunities for families to come together to talk about their faith and help all members of the family find a place in their spiritual home.


Parenting with Faith and Courage
Thursday, October 1 
8:00 - 9:00 PM

Join us for a panel discussion with Carol Rose from Red Oak Recovery and Margaret Larrea from the Dilworth Center where we will talk about the documentary Screenagers, tech use, techno-wellness, and navigating healthy screen time. Screenagers will be available to stream beginning Thursday, September 24 through Wednesday, September 30 for those who register.

 Register to view Screenagers

Register to join discussion Oct. 1

It is not necessary, but encouraged, to view the film before joining the discussion.

 

Parenting in a Pandemic; How to Be Present in Uncharted Territory
Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

There is so much we can’t control, but we can get back to unruffled, purposeful parenting. Join the Reverend Connor Gwin and parishioner and Licensed Professional Counselor Rachel Heitman for this important workshop in mindful parenting.

We will meet in small groups on campus for age-specific parenting tips on the following Thursdays from 6:30 – 7:30 PM:

  • Thursday, October 15 for parents of Preschool ages
  • Thursday, October 22 for parents of Elementary ages
  • Thursday, October 29 for parents of Teenagers.

Registration is required, as we have a maximum participation number. Select the age appropriate link below and complete the registration form to attend. We look forward to seeing you!

Oct. 15 Preschool - Registration

Oct. 22 Elementary - Registration

Oct. 29 Teenagers - Registration


We invite you to our table! Table Talks is a series offering brief podcasts for families to listen to and engage in together. In each episode, Lindsay Masi and Maggie Baker will introduce a new topic/idea/Bible story and invite you to discuss relevant and thought-provoking questions.

Table Talks is a great opportunity for families to dig into questions about faith together. New episodes will be released on the first and third Thursday of each month.


 
Below you will find articles, videos, and links to resources we find useful at Christ Church.

The Child Mind Institute has resources for families during Covid-19 and beyond.

Faith @ Home is a great resource for lectionary based readings and discussions for the whole family to engage in conversation about the Bible!

Terry Heick of TeachThought has created a list of alternative questions you can ask your children that go beyond "What did you learn in school today?" in order to generate conversation. 

"Helping Children with Pandemic Grief", an article from the New York Times, can help you explain death to children of all ages.

The Child Mind Institute has resources for families during COVID-19 and beyond.

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress offers resources for parents in discussing Coronavirus with children.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America shares ways to talk to an anxious child or teen about Coronavirus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child from Kids Health provides ways to offer reliable information to your children.

This short clip on Youtube helps introduce the concept of self-care to younger children.

PBS produces parent pages that can be filtered by age for activities based on category filters.

Faith @ Home is a great resource for lectionary based readings and discussions for the whole family to engage in conversation about the Bible!

Sunday School Zone shares at-home Bible activities.


Are you wanting to start the conversation with your children about race? Begin by reading books written by African-American authors. Below are links to articles sharing book titles to read with children.

20 Black Children's Books by Black Authors

The Conscious Kid: Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance

This list from Black Children's Book and Authors shares honors and awards presented to children’s authors and illustrators and where to find the books.