Programs for Kids and Teens
Nursery and Church School
During the first half of the 10am service, we have a nursery (ages 3 and under) and an older kid's class (ages 4 to grade 5). Teachers tell stories about the bible and sacraments for kids to experience in a hands-on way.
Children are also welcome in the service. There is an open play area in the front row of the sanctuary stocked with books, coloring supplies and room to wiggle around.
The kid's classrooms and nursery are on the lower-level — down the stairs near the 47th Street entrance.
EPIC - for youth in grades 6 though 12
Youth can participate in EPIC (Exciting People in Christ) during the 10 am service (9:30 during summer schedule), meeting in the upstairs lounge with donuts, hot cocoa and orange juice.
“We use the Episcopal Youth Curriculum as a starting point but what we really do is have good conversations about church, the Bible, things we can do to change the world, and anything else we want to discuss. We get off-topic a lot but it’s always interesting. We’ve been nicknamed 'Tangents-R-US'. We sometimes watch videos and discuss them and what they have to say about our faith. Our favorite group game is Bible Pictionary. We’re really very good at it. You all might want to challenge us to a game sometime.
The youth have taken over the 10:00 am service once a year serving as acolytes, musicians, lay readers, chalice bearers, ushers, and preachers. We plan the services and pick all the music. We've written our own versions of Prayers of the People and Confession. We do lots of outreach. You all very generously supported our Heifer Project bake sales so we could buy llamas, goats, chickens, bees, ducks and all kinds of other animals to send to other countries. We are active in our church. Many of us are acolytes. Some of us volunteer in other ways, too. We do crafts with the little kids two Sundays every summer. One of those Sundays we always help the kids make homemade (or churchmade) pretzels. Some of us help with the little kids at special events, set up and serve at the two teas, help with coffee hour, weed gardens, set up and take down chairs and tables, clean up after dinners, cook pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, help with the Easter breakfast, and many other things. We’re ubiquitous.
What we like the best is all the love and support we get from all of you. It feels good to be wanted and welcomed and especially accepted just the way we are. The people at Christ church don’t see us as that future of the church, they see us as the living present of the church and that’s the way it should be.”
EPIC meets in the lounge on the second floor — up the stairs near the 47th Street entrance.