Children & Youth Ministries Newsletter

Summer 2018
Calvary Church is still open and abuzz with activities during the summer months, with worship services in air-conditioned Hughson Hall on especially warm days. Nursery Care is available on Sunday Mornings from 9:45 to 11 am downstairs, although the Nursery will close if no child shows up by 10:15 am.

Various Calvary committees are busy planning programs, events, and renovations that may be of interest to you and your family. Here are some examples:
  • A New Children's Choir: Fr. Robert and Kevin Durkin, our Director of Music, are creating a Children's Choir and seeking to hire a Children's Choir Director. 
  • Sunday School: Sunday School teachers and administrators met in early July to plan next year's Sunday School curriculum and programs. We have chosen the lectionary-based curriculum, Living the Good News. Online registration for Sunday School will begin again in August, and Sunday School classes begin on September 9.
  • Calvary's Playground: Calvary's Property Committee is renovating our Calvary Playground. A new door now links our Nursery to the playground, but more changes are being planned. There will be a meeting for anyone interested in the playground on Thursday, July 5 at 6 pm in the Conference Room.
  • Williamsville Garden Walk July 21: Calvary is taking part in the Williamsville Garden Walk. See Joan Scalfani's article below.
  • Food Bank of WNY's Walk Off Hunger July 28, 10 am - 2 pm at Island Park: Calvary is joining with Congregation Shir Shalom to host the family friendly event to raise funds for the Food Bank of WNY. Calvary is accepting fully completed baskets for the Basket Auction. For more information and to register or donate click here .
  • Game Night TBA: CYM plans to host another Family Game Night this summer. Watch for announcements in the weekly church bulletin and on Calvary CYM's FaceBook page .
Best wishes for a fun and relaxing summer. We hope to see you around!

-Emily Sityar
CYM Coordinator

Notes from Deacon Mona

There will be a Christmas Pageant this year! It is planned for the third Sunday in Advent, December 16. We hope that the young people will enjoy portraying the story of the birth of Jesus. We will have parts for all ages - from teens to toddlers.
Do enjoy your summer vacation in the outdoors - swimming, picnicking, sailing, canoeing, and all those fun activities. We look forward to seeing you all in September when Sunday School and activities at Calvary begin again.

CYM Bottle & Can Recycling Drive

Since January, the Bottle and Can Recycling Drive has raised over $350. Calvary CYM will donate our funds to Episcopal Relief and Development's Hurricane Relief Fund, which will support communities in the Caribbean and the US recover from last year's hurricanes and tropical storms. Many thanks to everyone who has pitched in!

Sunday School Teacher Recruitment

We are still looking for volunteers to teach our Intermediate Class (Grades 4 to 6). We thank our former Intermediate Class teachers George Mayer and Brian Donaghy for their incredible service--they will be missed!  

Chris McCormick and Sue Schoeder have kindly stepped up to fill in as teachers at the beginning of the year, but they cannot commit to teaching for the entire year. We are also looking for volunteers to substitute occasionally for our teachers and nursery workers. If you are Sunday School parent, volunteering as a Sunday School teacher or teacher substitute is a great way to get involved with your child's faith formation. 

We will be using the lectionary-based curriculum, Living the Good News , which will be available to teachers online for easy access and planning. All CYM volunteers will need to go through Safe Church training and have a background check. Please contact Emily Sityar or Fr. Robert if you are interested in joining our Sunday School team. Thank you!

CYM Calendar

View the proposed  2018-2019 CYM Calendar.

July 5
The playground was once used by Corner House Nursery School, and now a door has been added to the nursery so the teachers can bring the little ones out.

But our playground is missing a slide! The slide was damaged by a tree cutting service, and the church has received an insurance check. Since the slide is no longer manufactured and cannot be easily substituted, decisions must be made about the playground.

There are many possibilities, but the main goal is to determine what is best for our children and the future of the church. Several ideas include:
  • Repair the slide (will it be safe?)
  • Install different playground equipment 
  • Put in a rubber multi-use floor
  • Make an area for outdoor chapel
  • Put in benches and tables
  • Make an outdoor game area
This is not an all inclusive list. Bring an open mind and fresh ideas to a one hour meeting on July 5 at 6 pm in the conference room off Hughson Hall. Children are allowed. If you cannot attend and have ideas or concerns please email Doug Sandburg II before the meeting. 

Children's Choir Steering Committee
July 15

Interest is growing in developing a children's choir program at Calvary. Are you willing to help support such a program? A committee will be assembled to plan the logistics of the program, recruit children, and generally ensure the success of the endeavor. 

An initial meeting of the Children's Choir Steering Committee will be held in the choir room on July 15th at noon. Parents of prospective students are especially encouraged to attend. For more information, please email Kevin Durkin at

Garden Walk
July 21

As part of the Williamsville Garden Walk on Saturday, July 21, Calvary Episcopal Church will welcome garden walkers, both adults  and children, to stop by for art/history tours of the church and refreshments in the Kryder Courtyard.  

Children will be entertained in the  courtyard with face-painting, coloring, and crafts while the adults enjoy a detailed tour, learning the background of the art and   
sculpture by local, national and international artists seen throughout the church.  

Tours will run from 10:30 am until 4:00 pm. This will be a fun way to rest and refresh before continuing  the walk through the beautiful village gardens.

Upcoming Middle School Event
September 9

On Sunday, September 9, the youth from Calvary and St. Paul's will take a trip to Darien Lake following the ten o'clock service. (Please note that this is NOT the Diocesan event!)  

Youth in grades 6, 7, and 8 as well as school and neighborhood friends, are invited to attend. Watch for more details next month, such as cost, times, lunch, etc. Everyone will need a signed permission form, even guests from outside the church. We may need a couple of drivers and chaperones. Parents, please consider taking on one of those roles.  
From the Diocese

Visit the diocesan website at
Sleep Away Camp
New and exciting things are happening this summer at Camp. Sleep Away is expanding to include all youth exiting grades 2 through 8 this June. The camp will be running two different tracks to accommodate the needs of the different age groups. The first track will be those exiting grades 2-5 and the second track will be for those exiting grades 6-8. Each track will have their own schedule to follow but will have some overlapping activities.

Sleep Away Camp will take place Sunday August 12 to Wednesday August 15 at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Canter in Bemus Point, NY. To register campers, please download the  Camp Application and Health Form and send in with $50 deposit to the Ministry Center by July 15.
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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