Children & Youth Ministries Newsletter

April 2019

Have you seen the window paintings in our Sunday School Hallway? Thanks to our artists for creating these beautiful works of art to promote our Environmental Service Project with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. Many thanks to everyone who came to our Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper event on March 23 and to all who donated their t-shirts for our environmental service project.

As we journey through Lent into Easter, it's wonderful to see more children coming to Sunday School. I hope that the Lenten promises we made at our Pretzel Sunday Celebration last month have been helping us all come closer to God. Please remind your children to fill up their UTO boxes with coins as they give thanks for blessings every day. If you can, come to the Maundy Thursday or Good Friday Services during Holy Week.

On April 7, Sunday School children will make palm crosses and do other crafts in the various classrooms, and then "hunt" for  Easter Eggs in the Sunday School Hallway or outdoors if the weather is nice. Parents and older youths are welcome to help out!  

Read on for more news and events in April. Best wishes for a Happy Easter!
Emily Sityar
Calvary Sunday School Coordinator and CYM Co-Chair

Upcoming Events in April

4/7:   Palm Crosses Crafts and Easter Egg Hunt during Sunday School

4/12:  6 pm  Pizza and Game Night

4/14:   Palm Sunday; No Children's Chapel. Gather in Hughson Hall at 9:45 am for a blessing of the Palms, then the Sunday School children go downstairs to their Sunday School classes while the congregation processes to church.
    UTO Ingathering during the 10 am service

4/18 :   Maundy Thursday Service 7 pm: Institution of Lord's Supper & Altar Stripping

4/19:   Good Friday: 2 pm Joint service at St. Paul's Lutheran, 68 Eagle St. and 7 pm Good Friday Liturgy at Calvary


4/21:   Easter Sunday Services at 8 and 10 am: No Children's Chapel or Sunday School.

4/28:   10 am  Last Sunday of the Month Children's Service


Many families follow traditions as part of their Easter celebrations. Easter egg hunts, jelly eggs, chocolate bunnies and festive hats are just a few examples. In my family, we make an annual trip to the Broadway Market for a Butter Lamb and a Painted Egg to add to our collection. They make our Easter table very special and festive.
Click here for the history of the Butter Lamb, as explained by Charlie Fashana on

Click here  to watch's  video  about one example of the art form of Painted Eggs, Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs .
What Easter traditions does your family celebrate?
Patty Rooss
Intermediate Class Co-Teacher

The Jelly Bean Prayer
Red is for the blood Christ shed;
Green is for new life ahead.
Yellow is for the sun so bright;
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made;
White is for the grace God gave.
Purple is for His hour of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans colorful and sweet,
Is a prayer, is a promise, is a special treat!

Easter Egg Hunt
If anyone is interested in helping to fill Easter Eggs sometime during the week of April 1st, please email Emily Sityar at . We have many eggs shells and toy fillers, but if you would like to donate a bag of candy, you may drop it off at the office. Thank you!

6:00 pm
Friday, April 12

  • Pizza
  • Salad
  • Dessert
  • Beverage
  • Followed by games


UTO boxes will be collected at the 10 am service on Palm Sunday, April 14. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

Sunday School Donations to Calvary's Ark Project

Using funds from the Children's Offertory Collection, the Sunday School will donate a cow to Calvary's Ark Project for Episcopal Relief & Development. In addition, each Sunday School class is selecting a smaller gift for the Ark Project. Thanks to all the children and their families for their weekly donations.

HELP WANTED: Nursery Assistant 

Calvary is seeking to hire a Nursery Assistant to work from 8:45 am to 11 am on Sundays (9:45 am to 11 am Sundays during July and August) and at other church events. We need adequate staff coverage in order to provide a safe and caring environment for our youngest parishioners. Applicants should be at least 18 years old and will be required to undergo a background check and safe church training. Please contact the office or Fr. Harvey if you wish to apply or have suggestions for recruiting applicants.  

Bottle & Can Drive 

Thanks to everyone at Calvary who have been donating their bottles and cans to CYM's drive. 

If you can spare the time, please sign up to empty our bins and bring the  bottles and cans to either of our two redemption centers : The Integrity Bottle & Can Redemption Center at 2790 Sheridan Dr. or the Millersport Recycling Bottle & Can Redemption Center at 803 Millersport Highway. 

Remember to tell them to credit your returns to "Calvary Episcopal Church."

March 3 was Pretzel Sunday 

Shrove Tuesday was March 5

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Event March 23


Children's Chapel

Finally, the spring flowers are beginning to lift their heads out of their winter nap and awakening to a welcoming world.

In Children's Chapel, we pray that through the UTO Lenten boxes, the word, and song, we, like the spring flowers, have poked our heads outside our daily life. We pray that in this Lenten season are awakening to see and appreciate our abundance of blessings in our home, church, family, and friendships. Cling, cling! I hear a few coins being deposited in the UTO boxes!

April will be my last month as leader of Children's Chapel. Pat Zebrowski, with her many talents, will continue to lead Children's Chapel through May and June.

Please continue to join our children in their song, prayers and conversation to praise the Lord and raise their awareness of our numerous blessings.
Our songs this month will be "Rise and Shine "and a revisit of "This Little Light of Mine."

-Ellie Yuhasz
Nursery (infant - 3 years)
Kelly Blackey
Madeline Fleming, assistant

The nursery has been active the last few months. Maddie and I are looking forward to having the nursery grow with more babies from the congregation...don't forget we are able to support ages 6 weeks to 3-4 years old. We also are in need of a third person (aged 18 and up) to work in the nursery to ensure that we always have two people in case someone is not able to be there - Safe Church would be required.

Come down to the nursery to see what it is all about and to volunteer to help with these wonderful little children.
-Kelly Blackey and Maddie Fleming  
Beginners Class (Pre-K, K & 1)
Dr. Sarah English
Assistant: Andria McCarthy

Greetings from the beginner class! 

-Sarah English and Andria McCarthy
Primary Class (Grades 1-3)
Cinda Stone, Natalie Bottomley & Wes Stone 

"April showers bring May flowers" is an old saying. Let's hope that this month's showers are rain showers and not snow showers! I think everyone is looking forward to warm sunny days and flowers!
April brings more than showers, it brings lots of special days in the Church calendar.
On the 7th we will start in Children's Chapel then we will split up to make Palm crosses, crafts and hunt for Easter Eggs. 
Palm Sunday is the 14th, we will gather together in Hughson Hall at 9:45am for the "Blessing of the Palms." The students will return to class as the rest of the congregation processes to the church. Our lesson that day will be about the events that lead up to Jesus' crucifixion.
It is also UTO Sunday, don't forget your blue UTO boxes today!
April 21st is Easter! No Sunday school class today so you can celebrate with your family in church.
April 24th is the last Sunday of the month. Instead of Sunday school class, join us in church for the family service. Sign up now to participate on the sheet in the CYM hall bulletin board.
Wishing all of you safe adventures during your Spring Break!
-Cinda Stone, Natalie Bottomly and Wes Stone

Intermediate (Grades 4-6)
Sue Schroeder, Patty Rooss & Carl Zebrowski 

The intermediate class  will retrieve images of Holy Week by following each day that Jesus walked.

-Sue Schroeder and Patty Rooss with Carl Zebrowski

  For Older Youths

Instead of a traditional Sunday School class this year, those in grades 7 and up are encouraged to participate in the life of Calvary in various ways.  
They are welcome to join us at Children's Chapel and, with appropriate Safe Church training, they can assist in the Nursery, Sunday School, or any of our CYM Special Events. Other opportunities would be to serve as an acolyte, join the Middle School Youth Group, or participate in the hand bell group. High School students needing community service hours can find plenty of opportunities within Calvary's various ministries and events.  
We know how busy you may be with school, sports, scouting, jobs, etc, but please remember that you are always welcome and needed here at Calvary.  

I will go to the altar of God / To the God of my joy and gladness. 
Community Service

Acolytes actively assist the clergy in leading the worship of God. Acolytes often find their service is not only fun, but also spiritually fulfilling. They learn to serve with dignity, humility, and care, always with love of Christ. We welcome you to this ministry if you are in 4th grade or higher. We work with your schedule: it's not an "every Sunday" commitment, and you will get training and practice so that you will feel comfortable at the altar. 
It's possible that being an acolyte could count for community service. If you and your parents would like to learn more, please contact Doug Sandburg II at

Upcoming Events

CYM Calendar & Parish Events

To view the CYM Google Calendar, click here.

Parent volunteers are needed throughout the year to help supervise the children & youth during our special events at Sunday School. Please sign up on the sign up sheet in the Sunday School Hallway.

Looking Ahead to May and June

5/12:   Mother's Day: Sunday School children will hand out flowers to all women and girls.

TBA:   Possible Service Project with Calvary's Pet Ministry

5/26:   Last Sunday of the Month Children's Service -- please sign up to participate

6/2:   CYM General Meeting after the 10 am service

6/9:  Last Day of Sunday School. Pentecost Picnic & Tie Dye Fun

They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither;
everything they do shall prosper.
[Psalm 1:3]
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