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           Holy Graffiti? An Epiphany Tradition

What Is Chalking the Door?

This short liturgy is a way of marking our homes, with sacred symbols on our entrance.  We ask God's blessing upon those who live, work, or visit in our home throughout the coming year.


In Exodus, the Israelites marked their doors with blood so that the Lord would pass over their homes; but we mark our doors with chalk as a sign that we have invited God's presence and blessing into our homes.  In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, God tells the Israelites: “These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house… You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Chalking the door is a tangible way to honor God in our lives.


What Do the Numbers and Letters Mean?

The first and last numbers signify the current year. The letters C M B signifies "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" which means, "May Christ bless this dwelling" and come from the customary names for the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.

 

Liturgy & Prayers for Chalking the Door

 

Leader: Peace be to this house, and to all who enter here.
People: Amen.

One or more of the following prayers maybe said:
May all who come to our home this year rejoice to find Christ living among us; and may we seek and serve, in everyone we meet, that same Jesus who is your incarnate Word, now and forever. Amen.

 

God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten One to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Savior. Amen.


Loving God, bless this household. May we be blessed with health, goodness of heart, gentleness, and abiding in your will. We ask this through Christ our Savior. Amen.


As participants take turns making the inscription, the leader says:
The three Wise Men, [C] Caspar, [M] Melchior, [B] and Balthasar followed the star to Bethlehem and the child Jesus [20] two thousand, [19] and nineteen years ago. [+ +] May Christ bless our home [+ +], and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.

 

All may say the Lord’s Prayer

Sunday School begins @9:30 am!

Wonder & Worship for ages 4 to 2nd grade

&

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. “