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

Upcoming 2021 plans:

Coming this spring!  Be inspired with a blog post each week, written by our very own parishioners, on stories of hope, inspiration and joy they have discovered and experienced in their parenthood journeys.  We hope to make this a wonderful resource for all of our families as we journey together through this pandemic environment.  Please email Lindsay Masi to let her know you would like to include a devotion or story.  We can't wait to hear from you!  Check back soon for a direct link added here for accessing the blog.


Good Friday Event:

Holy Week for Families

Intergenerational Stations of the Cross

On Good Friday, April 2, from 10 am to 1 pm, come walk the Stations of the Cross, individually or as a family, to remember the events of Jesus' last day. Supplies will be provided at the beginning of the experience, and you will be able to listen to each Station's description on the Christ Church app as you walk. This event will be outdoors at Christ Church, with social distancing and Covid-safe protocols. Register (required) here. In case of inclement weather, families will be invited to pick up their supplies from the Church.


Past Programming:

Thursday, December 3, we hosted a Zoom Parenting with Faith and Courage for parents with children of all ages to talk about coping with the pandemic over the holidays and allowed space for families to share resources, stories, and ideas for creating a connected community during this time.

On Thursday, November 5, The Reverend Connor Gwin as well as parishioner and Licensed Professional Counselor Rachel Heitman led a discussion on mindful, purposeful parenting tips for using with children and youth of all ages.

October Panel Discussion on Screenagers:

 
 

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.

This article from Red Tricycle shares tips on educating children on riots and protests.

"How to Talk About Racism and National Protests with Your Children", an article from The Children's Hospital of Colorado, can help approach this topic and does so in an age-appropriate manner.

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

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.