Throughout the year we offer special programs, classes, groups, and events just for children and their families.
While Covid-19 restrictions ARE in place ...
We are excited to be able to worship in person at this time. We do ask that all who join us who are over the age of two be masked to help keep everyone well. You can find our current worship schedule here. We are working on details for providing Sunday School for our children this fall (September) in person as well, as long as the current pandemic environment allows. Watch your Children's Ministry newsletter email for more information!
If you do not receive our monthly Children's Ministry newsletter email, please contact Emily Kalmbach so she can make sure your correct email address is on file and that you have not unsubscribed from church communications. We want to keep in touch!
4th Grade Bible presentation
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Parents of current fourth graders: We hope you will register your child to receive a Bible and participate in our long-standing tradition of memorizing and learning the books of the Bible. Although the pandemic has changed many things over the past year for us all, we are thankful that we can continue our tradition of presenting Bibles to fourth graders, and celebrate their accomplishments as they continue in their faith journeys. Register and get details here »
Save the Date of April 29, 2022 on the grounds of Christ Church
Find further details here »
THESE ARE OUR BODIES
This weekend workshop is a unique opportunity for fifth graders and their parents to place the gift of sexuality within the context of our Christian faith. Due to Covid restrictions in 2020-21, we had to postpone this program until we could meet in person. Please watch your email (churchwide and our monthly Children's and Youth Ministry emails) for updates.
Current 5th graders will have a workshop opportunity January 21 - 22, 2022. We will also offer our current 6th grade tweens and their parents an added program this October 2021. Registration is required and open to Christ Church members only at this time. If space is available after the registration deadline, the program may be opened to the community.
Friday, January 21, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Saturday, January 22, 10 am - 5 pm
Parents of Fifth Graders
Friday, January 21, 7:30 - 9:45 pm
Saturday, January 22, 2 - 5 pm
We appreciate your family making the time commitment for this important program. In/out during the weekend time together is not possible, so please understand that you are signing up for the program in its entirety.
Advent begins Sunday, November 28, 2021. One of our cherished traditions is an inter-generational celebration to prepare us for the Advent season. We are excited to gather in person this year to make Advent wreaths and Jesse Tree ornaments, all while preparing our hearts for Advent. Join us at 10 am this Sunday in All Saints' Hall to make your ornaments, and visit the Blue Room to buy your Advent wreath supplies (candles and wire forms). We will have greenery on hand for you to make an Advent wreath to use at home during this special season.
Sunday, December 19 at 10 am, All Saints' Hall
The parish enjoys this annual reenactment of the miracle of the birth of Jesus by the children of Christ Church, with our third graders serving as the main cast. Participation from third graders requires registration, closing at 12 noon on December 4. Check out our Pageant web page for details on the Pageant for Advent 2021!
Past Events for Families
Blessing of the Backpacks, supplies and technology
Was held Sunday, August 22 in all worship services
Our annual blessing tradition acknowledges that many tools support learning. Children, youth and adults brought their school gear and technology tools to worship for special prayers and blessings on these tools and those who carry/use them. We pray that all of our children, youth and adults involved in learning have a blessed school year!
Monday, December 21, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Christ Church
Bring your family and drive through the church parking lot and front circle to enjoy the sights and sounds of Advent from the safe distance of your car. At this special event, our clergy, staff, and parishioners will be dressed as the many characters you know from the night Christ was born. Additionally, each participating car will receive a box with special items to help you worship at home on Christmas Eve. Registration is required.
We will also collect canned food for Loaves and Fishes to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Especially in high demand currently are canned meats and canned pasta dishes (like Chef Boyardee, SpaghettiOs, etc.), but all pantry donations are welcome.
Vacation Bible School 2021
We enjoyed hosting kindergarten through third grade children for a weekend of VBS on site this year. It was so good to be together outside for a fun weekend of events, and to gather for worship and a lunch on Sunday with our families. We look forward to VBS 2022 with all of you!
EPEC (EXCEPTIONAL PARENTS OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN)
EPEC is a support group for parents of children with special needs, disabilities, learning differences, or developmental delays. The purpose of EPEC is to create a safe space for parents to discuss their experiences, share ideas, and provide spiritual, mental, and emotional support to each other. Learn more »
Events to Resume When Safe to Gather Fully, in Person
This class is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade to learn more about the traditions surrounding the Eucharist, led by clergy and the Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry. Lunch will be provided to class participants. Childcare for younger siblings is available by reservation on the registration. This class is designed for parents to attend with their children.
Family Fellowship Events
Our Children's Ministry Commission hosts a family fellowship event at least once a semester to allow families to come together in their spiritual home to build relationships and community. Our last event, Family Bingo Night, was a huge hit! Watch for other opportunities to get together with Christ Church families once restrictions have been lifted.
This adults only event was a great opportunity to get to know others from Christ Church at an informal night of fellowship, sponsored by the Nursery Committee and Young Adults Ministry. This winter, we gathered at Triple C Brewing for a fun evening to support the Family Impact Fund. The brewery donated $1 for each beverage purchased, plus all additional donations collected that night went to the Family Impact Fund. Look for additional events coming in the future.