Christ Church Kids
Jesus loves the little children, and so do we.
At Christ Church, our children experience a warm, loving, and happy environment where they can safely explore their world. Throughout the year, we offer nursery care, Children’s Chapel, Sunday School, Canterbury Choir, and other seasonal activities. We have a loving and dedicated staff whose mission it is to ensure all children sense God’s love and comfort when they spend time at Christ Church.
Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers (ages 6 weeks – 4 years) for all Sunday church services and many church-wide events and activities. The nursery is open at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the service (or event) and remains open for 15 minutes following the service (or event). For the protection of our children, all paid workers undergo background checks and receive training in First Aid, CPR, and abuse recognition and prevention.
Volunteers for Nursery must be 16 or older, have completed the Safeguarding God’s Children, and must be accompanied by a trained Nursery Care worker at all times. This is an excellent way for responsible teens to earn service hours. All volunteers must be approved by Christian Education Department.
There are three nursery rooms located in the Christian Education/Music Building on the ground floor.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION FOR KIDS
GODLY PLAY (9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.)
Preschool & K5 – 5th grade age
Classes Held weekly September – May
Summer Program June – July
Upstairs in the Christian Education Building
What is Godly Play? Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle, and late childhood and beyond.
Three newly renovated classrooms provide a safe, clean environment in which children can explore and discover. Join us!
Godly Play Storytellers and doorkeepers are a unique community of adult volunteers who love to work with children and see them discover their faith! Training opportunities are available in August, November, and March and give our adults the confidence to work in the Godly Play environment. All volunteers must complete Safeguarding God’s Children. Other opportunities to meet in fellowship with your Godly Play family present themselves throughout the year! Join our newly forming Godly Play Family by contacting the Interim Christian Education Director, Jen Leahey.
CHILDREN’S CHAPEL SERVICE (During the 10:30 a.m. Service)
Children’s Chapel is held each Sunday upstairs in the Christian Education Building. Children’s Acolytes lead children from the sanctuary during the second hymn and return during the Peace. In Children’s Chapel, children enjoy a Bible story, singing, prayers, and other activities.
Adults and older children who would like to help during Children’s Chapel are always invited to join the procession. If you have a special mission, story, or event you would like to share during Children’s Chapel, please contact the Interim Christian Education Director, Jen Leahey at least five days prior.
All children first to fifth-grade ages are encouraged to serve a turn as a children’s acolyte. Children take pride in taking part in the service! There are three positions each week: crucifer, flag, & Candle Lighter.
If your child is interested in serving, please email the Christian Education Office or call (850) 432-5115.
OTHER CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES
CANTERBURY CHOIR (Children’s Choir)
The Canterbury Choir is for parish children and youth beginning in the first grade. The group sings in church about once a month. Children work with Treece Efird and Music Director, David Leahey. They provide voice instruction while teaching the singers about music in worship. Children meet weekly on Thursdays after school for rehearsal and sing in church once a month. New members are accepted during the first four weeks at the beginning of each semester beginning in August and the second semester starting in January.
Have a child that would like to join? Contact Treece Efird for more information.
CUB SCOUT PACK 5
Christ Church is proudly the charter organization for Cub Scout Pack 5 of the Boy Scouts of America. For more information regarding meeting times or registering with the pack, contact Matt Raybourn.