Getting back to basics this fall

CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES FOR THE FALL

This Fall, we will be approaching the Basics of the Bible, BCP, and Catechism as a whole church family in an integrated approach. So what does that look like for our children? Until we are meeting together in person, we will be releasing weekly Worship & Wonder lessons (videos for Sunday School for all ages can be found here.) that relate to what the older youth and adults will be studying each week. There will be resources for ideas in how to reflect and respond. It is our hope that the adult lessons will equip and encourage parents in leading their children. This will be easiest as we study the Bible. We will also continue looking at material from the prayer book and catechism in small portions throughout the

year - primarily the Lord's Prayer, Nicene Creed and 10 Commandments.  Families will want to consider guiding their older elementary children through the 30 Days to Understanding the Bible. 

OUr director of family and children's ministry

Melissa Smith

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. “

this week's Sunday school lesson


nursery

Currently, we are exploring ways to offer nursery care that will be safe for everyone under these conditions with Covid. When we are able, the following information on

this ministry...


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. 

When things return to normal, we will open up this ministry to our families again. So when we do... children age 0-4 may be dropped off at any point before or during the service; many families choose to pick up their children for the Eucharist. Until then, your children are (always) welcome to worship with us in church.


Please take the time to complete a registration form for your child; this information allows us to get to know and care for your child well and communicate with you better.

To register your child for the Nursery, please fill out THIS form.

Ages 3 through 3rd grade

WORSHIP & WONDER: level I & II

Worship and Wonder is part of our children’s Christian 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.

Level I Worship & Wonder

NEW Level 1 Worship and Wonder (ages 3-5) tells and works with core Biblical stories, liturgical presentations, art and music in a worship and sensorimotor style. Location: Level 1 atrium-entrance in kitchen hall.

Level II Worship & Wonder

Level 2 Worship & Wonder (K-3rd)continues to dig deeper with the core and additional Biblical stories, liturgical presentations, art and music in a worship and sensorimotor style. Location: Level 2 atrium- room by mural in main hall.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa or the church.


Please take the time to complete a registration form for your child; this information allows us to get to know and care for your child well and communicate with you better.

To register your child, please fill out THIS form.

grades 4-6th

DISCIPLESHIP group

Learning to be disciples through discipleship!

These kids continue to grow in community, service, learning and fun while engaging in study.


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, our class for our 4th-6th graders, is aptly named, Discipleship. The class will be virtual for the time being. 


When they will be able to study together, please take the time to complete a registration form for your child; this information allows us to get to know and care for your child well and communicate with you better.

To register your child, please fill out THIS form.

Sunday (Summer) School @home

Worship & Wonder 

As we have been asked to stay home by our city officials, we all are adapting to new rhythms.  In the upcoming time period of live streaming church, I will be posting a weekly Worship and Wonder virtual atrium video of the weekly story, wondering questions and suggested response activities.  These videos are for children and families in both the Level I & II Worship & Wonder classes. 

Summer and the season of Pentecost is a great time to dive into or re-energize a rhythm of Bible reading. The church color for this long season is green. A color of growth. A time to grow in your own Christian life and in sharing Christ with others. 

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The Discipleship Group (summer - 4th-6th graders) 

WATCH, LISTEN ,READ & DISCUSS

We will begin a Sunday School at Home that includes a video, brief audio message and Scripture readings and questions to reflect upon and discuss. 

Parents, I highly suggest watching, listening, reading and discussing this material WITH your children. It will allow you an opportunity to share your family's Christian understanding of the difficulties of life together. I also commend to you to read over Archbishop Foley's call to prayer and fasting to the Church. Select a few prayers appropriate for your family to intentionally pray together. The BCP2019 has many great prayers for time such as these and for the ordinary days of life. Not to mention, the Lord's Prayer has something to say about transgressions. In His joy, Melissa Smith

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