Throughout the year we offer special programs, classes, groups, and events just for children and their families.
While Covid-19 restrictions ARE in place ...
Although we are not meeting in person, join us two Sundays a month beginning in September to worship with us in a modified, online Discovery Service. Your children will also be able to enjoy virtual Sunday School. Watch your email and our monthly newsletter for more information about digital Sunday School for children. Check here for access: Sunday School.
If you do not receive our monthly Children's Ministry newsletter email, please contact Emily Kalmbach so that she can make sure your correct email address is on file and she can check if you have accidentally unsubscribed from church communications. We want to keep in touch!
4th Grade Bible presentation
On Sunday, April 25 we will present Bibles to 17 of our fourth graders who have been participating in learning the books of the Bible at home. Although the pandemic has changed many things over the past year for us all, we are fortunate and thankful that we will continue our Christ Church tradition of presenting Bibles to these children and celebrate their accomplishments as they continue in their faith journeys. Registration is required in order to meet limited attendance guidelines. Parents, look for the email sent to you for specific news about the event details.
Vacation Bible School 2021
We are hopeful that we will be able to meet in person this summer for Vacation Bible School, likely on a smaller scale than in years past. Pencil in the dates of August 2 - 5. Our Children's Ministry team hopes to have some details and a save the date message out in the coming weeks, but continue to check back here for more details.
Past Events for Families
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. Click below to register for your time slot. Spaces are limited.
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.
Inclement weather moves the event to Tuesday, December 22, same time.
Sunday, December 20, 10 am, Online
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 and their family members requires registration. Check out our Pageant web page for details as we re-imagine the Pageant for Advent 2020!
ADVENT FESTIVAL AT HOME
Advent begins Sunday, November 29, 2020. One of our cherished traditions is an inter-generational celebration to prepare us for the season of Advent. While we cannot gather in-person to make our advent wreaths and Jesse Tree ornaments or do a service project as a group, we can still prepare our hearts and homes for Advent by ordering Advent wreath supplies (candles and wreath forms) and craft supplies to make ornaments at home.
ONLINE ART AUCTION
Each year the children of Christ Church create artwork to be auctioned off at the Southern Soirée, our annual children's ministry fundraiser. Though the Soiree was canceled due to the pandemic, we were able to auction beautiful Christmas tree paintings created by local artists and decorated by the children of Christ Church and CCK. Congratulations to all the new artwork owners and thank you, everyone, for your support of ALL the children's ministries of Christ Church. Click the link below to view the beautiful artwork.
Blessing of the Backpacks, supplies, and technology
We celebrated and blessed the beginning of another school year during our special liturgy on August 16 at the 8:45 am online service and 9:45 am Discovery online service. Our annual blessing tradition incorporated technology and school gear to acknowledge that many tools will be used to support learning this year, especially. Children, youth and adults gathered their school gear and technology tools to be blessed. Clergy bestowed special prayers and blessings on these tools and for those who carry/use them. This is a wonderful way for students of all ages to center their hearts and minds as we embark on a new academic year.
kanuga Family Weekend (Cancelled)
Unfortunately due to COVID, Kanuga has had to cancel all events at their camp. If you were planning to attend the fall 2020 weekend and had previously registered, please contact Emily Kalmbach with questions, or see her prior emails for communication to 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.
These are our Bodies
This weekend workshop is a unique opportunity to place the gift of sexuality within the context of our Christian Faith for our fifth graders and their parents. However, due to the restrictions of the Corona Virus and our current inability to meet in person, we have postponed any offering of this program until we can meet in person. Please watch your emails from the church - direct and through our Children's Ministry newsletter email - for all updates on this program. If for some reason we cannot offer the program in person during the 2020 - 2021 program year, we will make arrangements to include your family for the following year.
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.
This very special and meaningful interactive experience is for all ages, a drop-in experience of what it might have been like in Bethlehem on the night of Jesus' birth, with live animals and other activities.
Event Cancelled for 2020
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