Lent for Families

LOOK FOR LENTEN BAGS

These bags include a few interactive Lenten symbols to provide a tangible way for you and your family to interact with the spiritual and Scriptural aspects of Lent. They are based on some of the principles used in our Worship & Wonder atrium. Please don't be shy, God's children of ANY age can take this gift home for meditation and reflection.

 

LENT IS HERE

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday! Although Ash Wednesday is a solemn service, it is an opportunity for families to include their young children into Lent and worship. Often preparing them before hand with a brief conversation allows children to enter into the reality of our worship. It is different, quieter, and we receive ashes in the sign of the cross on our foreheads. Children are often very interested and engaged. Simply, during Lent we tell God we are sorry for our sins, and ask him to help us know his love and forgiveness deeper in our hearts. The ashes remind us that God made man out of the dust and we will return to dust when we die. We often forget this and live our daily lives as we want to without Jesus. Look around, children and adults of all ages have the ash marks on their foreheads and are all in need of God. I am happy to visit more with you and your children about Ash Wednesday or Lent.

 

How will you will enter into this season together as a family this year?

May I suggest a book The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent by Fr. Aaron Damiani for a practical look at the theology and discipline of Lent to read as Lent approaches. 

 

Here are ideas for activities to share as a family during Lent/Easter depending on the ages of your kids.

Lent for Littles

Lent for Families

Sunday School begins @9:30 am!

Wonder & Worship for ages 4 to 2nd grade

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Discipleship Class for 3rd to 5th graders


Worship & Wonder concepts are incorporated into ministry to children of all ages. There is a Worship/Bible time in the Nursery during Sunday service, a Worship & Wonder group, ages 4-2nd grade, and a Discipleship class for older children in 3rd-5th grade during our Sunday School.

 

With His joy,

Melissa Smith


Nursery

Nursery care is provided in a safe, caring space for our youngest children (infant - 4yrs old) during Sunday School and Worship Service on Sunday mornings by trained childcare workers.


All people who interact with children undergo screening and Ministry Safe training. We are excited to develop a Chapel time for the older nursery children incorporating music and Scripture using Worship & Wonder concepts during the Worship Service time. 


Children age 0-3 may be dropped off at any point before or during the service; many families choose to pick up their children for the Eucharist. 

I wonder…. What is WORSHIP & WONDER?

Worship and Wonder is a new part of our children’s spiritual formation on Sunday mornings for our younger Sunday School children. Worship and Wonder uses a sensorimotor style of storytelling as a primary means for encountering and worshiping God. This approach tells and works with biblical stories, parables and liturgical presentations in a worship context rather than a school environment.  Worship transforms ordinary time and space into sacred time and space. There is room for awe and wonder to ponder the mystery of God.  After experiencing God and His stories through the Word of Scripture and story presentations, young children can respond to stories of God through continued working with story figures and art materials. Worship & Wonder builds from the works of Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman's Young Children and Worship and Godly Play



DISCIPLESHIP class for 3rd-5th graders

A disciple is simply someone who believes in Jesus and seeks to follow him in his or her daily life. We believe at CTR, that discipleship is open to all and it is very important to teach our children to be disciples. Therefore, we are excited to announce a new class for our 3rd-5th graders, Discipleship. The class will be led by Jessica Tetirick and Julie Foster during our Sunday School time @9:30 am. They will explore the Bible, Imaginative prayer, the creeds, and central truths of the faith in a real life, relational, age appropriate way.

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. “