Infants – 3 years of age Nursery care is provided for infants and young children, each Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The nursery is located downstairs. Our nursery care staff are Safe Church Trained.
Pre-K – 4th grade Each Sunday, at 10:00 a.m., children go to their individual classrooms based on their grade. During their Sunday School classes the children are introduced to Bible stories, through crafts and other activities designed to share our Prayers and Praises. We practice and learn new songs which we often share with the parish during worship services. Children join their parents in the sanctuary for the remainder of the service.
Youth Group – 5th - 12th grade This class continues to explore God’s word through real-world examples, group discussion and activities, creating a strong foundation of faith and pursuit of spiritual growth. Youth meet twice a month during the 10am service for fellowship and discussion; they attend the church service the other two weeks of the month. Additional activities, outreach and events are planned with the youth throughout the year. As students enter high school a confirmation program is offered including classes and special activities as part of a structured curriculum.
Special Events Vacation Bible School, Christmas Eve Pageant, mission opportunities, Good Shepherd Sunday skit, confirmation classes, acolytes and gathering donations for those in need. Youth Formation Activities •Nursery available every Sunday 9:30AM to 11:30AM •Participation in the Christmas pageant (Christmas eve) •Vacation Bible School (beginning pre-k one week each summer)
Elementary – Pre-K to 4th grade •Sunday School (meets weekly based on Sunday school calendar) •Participation in the Christmas Eve pageant and Epiphany services •Yearly Haiti fundraisers to benefit St Luke School and Church Matel (typically February) •Vacation Bible School (one week each summer) •Participation in the Acolyte program (beginning in 4th grade) – see below
Youth Group– 5th to 12th grade •Middle School/High School Class (alternating weeks for church attendance opportunities; see schedule here) •Participation in the Acolyte program oNational Acolyte Festival Washington DC (~every 3 years on Columbus Day Weekend) oCarwash fundraiser (typically end of August) •Decorated wreaths and hot chocolate sale (2018 – November 30- tree lighting on the Green) •Trip to Camp Incarnation, Essex, CT (typically May day trip or overnight) •Spaghetti supper fundraiser (typically Sunday evening - end of April) o Dessert baking in Sue’s gourmet kitchen (Saturday prior) •Participation in the Christmas Eve pageant, Epiphany and Tenebrae youth run services •Teen gatherings (movies, games, etc.) - organized throughout the church school year •Participation in The Big Sleep-Out – a program to raise awareness, activism, and funds through an overnight, supervised sleep-out on the Green. (Middle and High School age students) – Spring timeframe o Meetings with the Rector, dinner with our Bishops, pilgrimage day or overnight to NYC (e.g. St. John the Divine, Nightwatch, Ground Zero, Cloisters) •Participation in mission trips: oDominican Republic (locally Christ Church organized, community supported) Assist with VBS programs in DR (typically end of June)
On-going: Christ Episcopal Church values the importance of outreach. We feel it is important for the kids to be in service to others, and continually seek ways to serve communities both near and far.
Would you like more information about our youth programs? Contact Dorota Xeller, Director of Sunday School. Children and youth are welcome to join us on any Sunday morning - no need to register in advance!
During Covid-19 a set of digital Sunday School Lessons were created and have been archived on this site. Click below to access a full series of links to readings, songs, animated videos, and coloring pages. Please utilize these resources and share with others! Click HERE for Digital Lesson Library
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