Working on a Rule of Life can be a meaningful spiritual practice for both kids and adults during Lent.  Each of us follows a rule of life, whether we realize it or not.

How we work, play, eat, sleep, and interact with others reflects our commitments and priorities.  Every day is awash in small choices that shape our lives,  as individuals, households, and communities.

Yet many of us feel adrift, swept this way and that by the pressures of the day. We spend more time reacting than acting; more time on the next task in front of us than on the things we know matter most of all. We yearn for balance and purpose with each passing day.

How can we live differently?  We need anchors.

Several years ago, Christ Church developed Anchors for the Soul -- resources for children and adults to engage in reflection and begin to craft a rule of life which best fits each unique person, and each unique family.  We invite you to enjoy these guides and we pray that they will be a blessing to you as you spend these days moving toward greater presence, intention, and closeness with God.





Calling all 4th and 5th Graders! Starting on March 22nd you are invited to come to the Youth House for Tide Pool! We'll play games, hang out, and talk about a bible story. 
 
This is an opportunity to see the youth house, and get a feel for what Youth Group looks like before becoming eligible for Low Tide in 6th Grade! Tide Pool will meet on  March 22,  April 19, and  May 17.
 
Contact Brooks Slater, Director of Youth Ministry, or Holly Dean, Assistant Director of Youth Ministry with questions. 

June 22 - 26, 2020
9:00 - Noon
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN AND FILLING UP FAST!

"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).

The gospel message of love hasn't changed, so the theme hasn't changed, but we'll have brand new stories, games, crafts, and songs!  Your kids won't want to miss this awesome week!

VBS is for children who will be four years old before 6/22/20 and are fully potty trained (no exceptions) through rising 5th graders (2020-2021 school year). 

When spaces fill up, email us with your camper's rising (2020/2021) grade to be added to the waitlist.  


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 soon.  Email Catherine if you'd like join the team or have questions about volunteering.



In addition to VBS, Christ Church will be offering these summer camps!

Nourishing Eats Cooking Camps
June 9-12 and June 15-18

Nursery Camp
July 6-9

Theater Camps
June 1-5 with Stephanie Bennie
July 13-17 with Stephanie Bennie
August 3-7 with Barb Roberts

Miss Felicia's Dance Camps
June 8-12
July 6-10
July 13-17
July 20-24
July 27-31

Sunday School
Christian formation for Children Age 3 - 5th grade
Sundays, 10:15 - 11:00
Blacker Hall, Second Floor

Children are welcome to join us at any time during the year, as they are able.  Parents usually attend the Village Small Group for Parents or the Clergy Forum during the Sunday School "hour." 

Newcomers and visitors are always welcome. 
 


Primary Godly Play A
Age 3 (before 8/18/2019 fully potty trained) through Pre-K 4
Blacker Hall - Room 216

Primary Godly Play B
PreK 5 and Kindergarten
Blacker Hall - Room 215

Faces of Easter
Throughout the month of March, children in our primary classes are hearing the Faces of Easter story, which is told in seven parts. We move toward the mystery of Easter by hearing stories of Christ's journey toward the cross and resurrection.

Please note - Children's formation classes will not meet on March 15th due to Spring Break. 


Intermediate Godly Play C
1st Grade
Blacker Hall - Room 205

Intermediate Godly Play D
2nd Grade
Blacker Hall - Room 206
  
March 1: The Parable of the Great Pearl
The children wondered together about the merchant who found something so precious, he gladly exchanged all he had for it.  What could this great pearl really be?

March 8: The Parable of the Leaven
The children wondered together about Jesus' parable of the leaven, in which Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to a woman hiding the leaven (yeast) deep inside the bread mixture.  

March 15: Children's Formation will not meet due to Spring Break.  See you in worship!

March 22 and 29: Knowing Jesus in a New Way, parts I - IV  Told in seven parts, this story tells of Jesus' presence with the disciples after his resurrection.  The final three parts will be told during Eastertide, the weeks which follow Easter Sunday.


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 Together the Family of God, for children in all three upper elementary grades. As we experience stories from the Old and New Testaments, we'll explore how we became God's people and part of the household of God, the Communion of Saints. We'll discuss matters of identity, as we hear stories of how people have been transformed by their encounters with Jesus, and we'll learn about the saints of the church.

March 1: Jesus's Ministry Draws to a Close; Mary Prepares Him for Burial
The kids explored the story of Mary anointing Jesus' feet with expensive perfume shortly before he died, responding lavishly to Jesus' own outpouring of love. 

March 8:Jesus's Hour Has Come; He Prepares His Disciples at the Last Supper 
The kids closed their eyes and imagined themselves on the streets of Jerusalem shouting "Hosanna" and in the Upper Room with Jesus.  We discussed what it means to humbly serve, and to love each other as Jesus loved us.  

March 15: Children's Formation will not meet due to Spring Break

March 22: Jesus's Arrest, Trial and Death
To appreciate the glory of God, we need to spend some time exploring the darkness of Jesus' death. This lesson will provide an opportunity for the kids to explore issues of faith and suffering in a safe place.

March 29: Jesus Is Alive!
Together we'll explore the story of the risen Jesus' appearance to Mary Magdalene, and our celebration of his resurrection not just on Easter, but every time we gather in worship.  


*News* Children's Formation classes will move into the new Formation and Arts Building around the middle of April! The format of Weaving God's Promises will change a little in the new space, with grades 3-5 meeting together for a time of storytelling, music, and prayer before dividing up into small groups. We are currently looking for a several people (youth or adults) to lead music during the gathering time every week (10:15 - 10:30), ideally two strong singers and a guitar.  If you're interested or know someone who'd be great, please reach out to Catherine.


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

The Village Small Group for Parents provides a self-led space for fellowship, support and spiritual growth. The group, coordinated by church members Melissa and Thomas Johnson, chooses their own content (book studies, parenting topics, conversation starters, or just a place to connect and talk freely).   Parents come alone or with partners/spouses, and newcomers are always welcome!  

Please note: The Village Small Group will not meet on March 15th, due to Spring Break.  

For more information or to be added to the Village email list, please contact Melissa Johnson.

The Village Small Group has a new Facebook group!  Click here to stay in the loop and click "Join Group."

Family Volunteer Opportunity
Wednesday Night Church Suppers, 6:00 pm
Parish Center Dining Room

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 to help! 


Wednesday night suppers provide a great break in the week, and a chance to connect with friends. Chef Vanessa and a volunteer crew prepare and serve dinner most Wednesdays. There's always a kid-friendly option and you can't beat the price -- $5 per child, $7 per adult, $25 family maximum. All ages are welcome, and the nursery is also open if little ones need extra care or entertainment (four months - kindergarten).


March Menu
During Lent, simple suppers of soup and salad will be served.

Children's Choirs
Wednesday Rehearsals
Room 5 (next to the Cooper Chapel)

Make a joyful noise!  New singers are always welcome!   

***PLEASE NOTE: CHILDREN'S CHOIRS WILL NOT MEET ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH DUE TO SPRING BREAK***

Voices of Praise Choir (Age 3- kindergarten)
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and/or 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Kids JAM Choir (Jesus and Me) (Grades 1-3) 
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Youth Angels Choir (Grades 4-8) 
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

For more information contact Stephanie Bennie.

SAVE THE DATES - Holy Week and Easter



Agape Meal and Foot Washing for Families
5:30 p.m., Contemporary Worship Center
This service brings the Last Supper to life for the young and the young-at-heart. All are invited to this child-friendly Eucharist service, including a meal of cheese, olives, fruit and bread and the foot washing. Nursery care is available beginning at 5:15 p.m.


Children's Good Friday Service
5:30 p.m., Contemporary Worship Center
This child-friendly Good Friday service includes an interactive Children's Stations of the Cross.

Easter Sunday
April 12 -  Worship schedule

Flowering the Cross
A large cross will be outside the main entrances to the traditional and contemporary worship spaces on Easter morning. Children are encouraged to bring flowers from home to help decorate the crosses in celebration of Easter.

For more information about family life at Christ Church contact:

Catherine Montgomery
Director of Children's Christian Formation and Family Ministries
(904) 285-7390 ext. 227 - office
(904) 878-3357 - cell
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 I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding  and have the knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ himself,  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
 
Colossians 2:2-3 (NRSV)