Family Worship:  A service of Holy Eucharist for all, led by the church's children
Wednesday, February 27
5:30 pm
Church Sanctuary



In Greek, liturgy means the work of the people; all people, not just adults. All are invited to this special service of Holy Eucharist, given by the children and youth of Christ Church, who will serve their parish in every role: as greeters, ushers, altar guild, bulletin designers, lectors, singers, chalice bearers, and more. You won't want to miss this special opportunity to witness our kids in action as ministers and full members of their church.  All are welcome.

Opportunity to serve
Wednesday night church dinners


Families at Christ Church ask us all the time how they can serve others together, hoping to give back and instill a spirit of generosity in their children. Serving dinner on Wednesday evenings in our parish hall is a great way to do just that, and Chef Vanessa makes it easy! If your child is tall enough to see over the chafing dish, that's old enough! 




Wednesday Night Dinner
6:00 pm, Parish Center Dining Room

Chef Vanessa and a volunteer crew prepare and serve dinner most Wednesdays
$5 per child, $7 per adult, $25 family maximum

Feb 13:  Asian Meatloaf (and hot dogs for kids)
Feb 20:  Chicken Kielbasa Stew (and chicken tenders for kids)
Feb 27:  Pot Roast (and hamburgers for kids)

Curriculum Highlights

Children's Christian Formation meets every Sunday, 10:15 - 11:00 a.m. on the second floor of Blacker Hall. 
Children are welcome to join us at any time during the year, as they are able.  Visitors are always welcome. 

 

Primary Godly Play
Age 3 (before 8/26/2018 fully potty trained) through Kindergarten
BH (Blacker Hall) 216: Primary Godly Play A
BH 215: Primary Godly Play B

February 3:  The Parable of the Sower
The children will wonder together about Jesus' parable of the sower, the rocky ground, and the good soil.  What could the harvest really be?

February 10: The Parable of the Mustard Seed
The children will wonder together about Jesus' story of how a tiny mustard seed grew into a little tree, where birds came and made their home.  How could this be like the kingdom of heaven?

February 17: The Parable of the Good Samaritan
The children will wonder together about the great compassion of the Samaritan, and the surprising carelessness of others, to the wounded man robbed and beaten on the road to Jericho.  Who was his neighbor?  Who is our neighbor?

February 24: The Synagogue and the Upper Room
This story joins together the liturgy of the word (Jesus reading in the synagogue) and the liturgy of the table, which Jesus instituted during the Last Supper in the upper room.  


Intermediate Godly Play
1st and 2nd Grades
BH 205: Intermediate Godly Play C
BH 206: Intermediate Godly Play D

February 3: The Parable of the Good Shepherd
Jesus' parables are full of wonder and mystery -- both obscuring and revealing the nature of God. Decades of practice have revealed that this Godly Play story, in which the Good Shepherd shows his sheep the way, even through places of danger, and will not rest until they are all safely home, is especially powerful for children. 

February 10: The Parable of the Great Pearl
The children will wonder together about the merchant who found something so precious, he gladly exchanged all he had for it. What could this great pearl really be?

February 17: The Parable of the Sower

February 24: The Parable of the Mustard Seed


Watch The Parable of the Mustard Seed told by a trainer at the Godly Play Foundation.

Mustard Seed


Weaving God's Promises

BH 211: Weaving God's Promises - 3rd Grade
BH 213: Weaving God's Promises - 4th Grade
BH 212: Weaving God's Promises - 5th Grade

This Episcopal curriculum is organized in a three year cycle - Weaving Our Faith, Weaving Together the Family of God, and Weaving God's Beloved Community.   Drawing from the best of both Godly Play and Youth Ministry, these in-between years will be rich with learning, holy conversation, prayer, community, fun, and of course, love.

This year is Weaving Our Faith, for children in all three upper elementary grades.  As we experience stories from the Old and New Testaments, the overarching theme is God's love for us and how God stays with us, no matter what, to bring us back to God's divine love. 

 
Feb. 3
Jesus Calls His Disciples
The kids wondered together about what it means to follow Christ, and the temptation to follow somebody or something else.
Feb. 10
Stories of the Kingdom of Heaven
Jesus' stories tell us about the coming of the kingdom of heaven on earth and give us hope and encouragement about how the reign of God will come about. The kids will explore some well-known and lesser known parables.
Feb. 17 Scenes from the Ministry of Jesus
We mainly think of Jesus as teaching, performing miracles, and healing. But here in this lesson is a sampling of what his days were like: picnicking with crowds, spending some time with his disciples and friends; telling stories, meeting new people, being with children.
Feb. 24
Transfiguration
In this story, the disciples suddenly see Jesus "transfigured," changed from a person who is special but solely human to a clear and unmistakable incarnation of God. Jesus has opened their eyes. Jesus allows us to see him so that we can be drawn into him. But we need to be ready to see him by turning toward him - by praying and by allowing ourselves to be alone and vulnerable and open to God's presence.
Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS)
Friday mornings, 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.
and  Working MOMS,  one Friday night per month, hosted in homes

Moms

MOMS is a supportive group of moms, but not a support group. No judgment (for real!). No pressure. Come as you are. We have book studies, play dates, retreats, MOMS Night Outs, and lots of fun while exploring our faith, praying and ministering to one another. ALL are welcome.  Childcare for Friday morning meetings is available with reservation. Check out the MOMS Facebook group for information about all activities and events, or contact Rebecca Bergson.

Village Small Group for Parents
Sunday mornings, 10:15 - 11:00
Parish Center Rooms 112-113

Village

Because it truly takes a village to raise a child (and to survive parenting!), Village Small Groups for parents provide a self-led space for fellowship, support and spiritual growth. Groups choose their own content (bible study, parenting topics, conversation starters, or just a place to connect and talk freely).  Village One and Village Two are now combined.   Parents come alone or with partners/spouses, and newcomers are always welcome!  

To learn more about the Village Small Group, contact  Melissa Johnson , or just show up.  

Vacation Bible School 2019
June 24 - 28
9:00 - Noon
"If it's not about love, it's not about God."
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

At Love First VBS, children will discover that:
All people are lovable in the eyes of God, no exceptions (Love Self).
Children can alleviate the suffering of others (Love Neighbor).
God's love is already at work in our lives (Love God).

Your kids won't want to miss this awesome week full of music, crafts, games, and bible stories!

VBS is for children who will be four years old before 6/24/19 and are fully potty trained (no exceptions) through rising 5th graders. 

Online registration for church members and volunteers will open on April 24, 2019, and to the community on April 26. The online registration link will be shared by email, on the church website, and on the Facebook pages for the church and for Children's Formation.  VBS will likely fill up within a couple of days.  To stay in the loop, follow the event page on Facebook.


Join the VBS team!
VBS is made possible by the service of adult and youth volunteers. Come serve with us - it's a blast! Our outstanding nursery hosts a complimentary mini-VBS for the children of adult volunteers who are too young to be campers. A brainstorming meeting will be held in March.  Email Catherine if you'd like join the team or have questions about volunteering.


Do everything in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14
Save the Dates!

March 5: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

March 6: Ash Wednesday

April 4-7, 11-13: Christ Church School of the Arts presents Godspell 

April 24: VBS registration opens for church members and volunteers 

April 26: VBS registration opens to the community

For more information, contact:

Catherine Montgomery
Director of Children's Christian Formation and Family Ministries
(904) 285-7390 ext. 227
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 Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient
wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
 
Prayer for the Care of Children