During the Service
There are folders for children with crayons, paper, and children’s bulletins in the baskets as you enter the church nave. The bulletins have pictures and activities that are related to the day’s scriptures. There are also colored pencils and a variety of books on the table.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
During the 9:00 a.m. service, children under the age of 6 are invited to attend Children’s Chapel next to Morrison Hall. There they hear the “story”, sing, pray, and have an age appropriate time of worship. The children process out of the service during the hymn before the Gospel reading and return at the Peace. The liturgy is led by volunteer parents and parishioners. Parents are always welcome to stay with their children during the liturgy.
Sunday Morning Formation Programs (Sunday School)
Classes are held for people of all ages (three year olds through adults) during the school year. The children’s classes are each taught by teams of dedicated volunteers.
Catechesis for the Good Shepherd is a Christian Formation curriculum designed for children ages 3-12. It is a religious education program grounded in scripture and liturgy, and enriched with prayer, worship and a spirit of celebration.
Three years old – 5th Grade
These groups use the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Catechesis is an “experiential” Christian formation curriculum designed for children ages 3-12. Catechesis helps the child “come close to God all by myself.” Using Montessori techniques, the catechist explores with the children: Jesus’ life, Kingdom Parables, Prophecies, the meaning of the words and actions of the Eucharist, ways of worship, and growing into being the church.
These are a variety of special events which may be scheduled depending on timing during the year. For specific dates of upcoming events, please check our Events section or our recent newsletter linked to the right.
In November, we help families get ready for Jesus’ coming by making Advent wreaths and decorating a Jesse tree. We also have an alternative gift market featuring the Rice Depot, Christ Church bookstore, and Heifer Project.
In December, the children of parish prepare and present a Christmas pageant. All children ages kindergarten – 12th grade are invited to participate.
Feast of Lights
The Epiphany Feast of Lights service traces the path of the Magi as they follow the star. It concludes with the burning of the greens from our Christmas trees and Advent wreaths. It is followed by a parish- wide chili supper.
Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras
We have a gumbo cook-off, eat pancakes, listen to jazz, and celebrate the blessing of our common life together. As is customary, we hold this celebration on the last day (Fat Tuesday) before we begin our fasts the following day (Ash Wednesday) for the season of Lent.
Palm Saturday/Easter Vigil
The day before Palm Sunday, we gather and sing Hosannas to welcome Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. We make and share bread, as well as wash feet, at the Last Supper. There is much activity in living the story of Holy Week: storytelling, baking bread, singing, banner making, and dancing our way into the season of Easter.
Cathedral Camp (Vacation Bible School)
This is our week-long, Vacation Bible School for children. Youth and adults act as group leaders on our 6 year biblical journey through the Old Testament.