Melissa Smith

Director of family & Children's ministry

It is our desire at Christ the Redeemer to welcome little children, as Jesus did, to come to Him and be blessed. Our goal is to support and equip parents in their role as the primary spiritual leaders of their families. We are eager to partner with families as they seek to nurture their child’s belief in God. 



As a 20+ yr veteran in the trenches of parenting and Children’s ministry, Melissa is passionate about equipping and encouraging parents as the spiritual leaders of their families. She has a love for God’s written Word and is excited to share how our deeply-rooted Anglican tradition brings richness and fullness to our faith as modern Christians.  "I pray that God will use my experience in prayer, missions and spiritual formation to nurture families of faith in the Great Tradition and the Greatest Story Ever. “

A Message from Melissa:

Family Rhythms for the Ordinary Time of Summer

Join with other CTR families this summer by incorporating a family devotion time into the rhythms of your family life together. This may be a well seasoned part of your family routine or a totally new concept.  We often take on family devotions during Advent or Lent, but why not throughout the entire church calendar of our lives as Christian families?  

 

The season of Pentecost, Ordinary Times (as in ordered numbers) or sometimes termed Kingdomtide is the long liturgical season of roughly 29 weeks from Pentecost to Advent that carries us through the summer and fall.  We experience many ordinary things and events in our lives during this season. Much of our full schedules of school and activities are pared back.  It's a great time to establish a family rhythm around God's word and a God-filled life together.  Be purposeful in leaving space for the miraculous in ordinariness and sabbath in the rest and re-centering this summer.  

 

Good Dirt: Kingdomtide by Lacy Finn Borgo and Ben Barczi

A year-long adventure for families desiring to grow in Christ and set the rhythm of their lives by the Seasons of the Church. Good Dirt combines kid-friendly seasonal activities, daily devotionals, and Bible readings. Each day the family is rooted in Christ through a reading from one of the Gospels. Adults and the little ones in their homes alike will learn how to “Till,” “Plant,” “Water,” and “Weed” their souls, living out spiritual formation within the most influential social context anyone is ever born into: the family. In this third volume, Kingdomtide, activities and readings guide families as disciples of Jesus through the days of summer and fall, teaching how to discover a wonderful with-God life in the middle of the everyday and the ordinary.

 

I appreciate Lacy and Ben's approach to spiritual formation of families.  This devotional can be used in many ways and for families with children of differing ages. I love that we, as parents, can shepherd our children and grow alongside them in our own faiths and love for God. Let me know if your family joins in Good Dirt this summer. 

 

Lets sow seeds in some good dirt together this summer! 

 

With His joy,

Melissa Smith

Sunday School begins again in the Fall

The stage was set, the characters were in place... the dreams of Storytellers, Singing and Art in Children's Ministry came true in last year's children's Sunday school. Through stories, songs, and hymns, and art, presented in Chapel format, grounded in the eternal prayers, creeds and commandments of our faith, the children of CTR experienced the truths of Scripture coming to life in our very midst this  past year on Sunday mornings.


Stories from The Old, The New, and "THE NOW" Testaments, of people living life by faith in God's truth encourage us to reflect on our own character now while imparting God's character to our hearts, and inspiring us to take part in making God's dream for our lives come true! 


Stay tuned in the Fall for what God has in store for the children of CTR!