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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.
During the Formation Hour...
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
During the school year, a team of dedicated parents and other trained volunteers lead a Christian Formation curriculum called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This religious education program is designed for children, ages 3-12, and is grounded in scripture and liturgy, and enriched with prayer, worship, and a spirit of the celebration.
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.
Opportunities for Young Singers
If you would like for your child to be involved in one of our children's choirs, contact Victoria Harden at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cherub Choir (ages 4-6)
Rehearsal Time: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m
The Seraphim Choir (Grades 2nd-6th)
Rehearsal Time: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Both Children's Choirs will meet in the choir room above Morrison Hall.
Annual Christmas Pageant
The Cathedral's Annual Christmas Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m. The Cathedral’s Christmas Pageant was instituted by Dean Charles Higgins in 1957. With the exception of a single year’s hiatus, the pageant has been performed with only minor changes ever since. There are both speaking and singing parts for individuals and ensembles. Participation is open to all youth in the parish K-12.