Children and Youth Ministries
Creative Holy Play
We recognize that children have an innate sense of spirituality as well as boundless curiosity about their world. Our Sunday School program echoes the Reggio approach of our parish school, emphasizing big questions, encouraging curiosity and wonder, while also providing children an introduction to the traditions and stories that are the foundations of our church.
Creative Holy Play (aka, “Sunday School”) meets during part of our 10:15 a.m. service. Our Director of Children’s Ministries, along with some volunteer teachers, lead creative activities, songs, and share stories that thematically line up with the readings for each Sunday and then bring the children back into the service for communion.
Teenagers attend the 10:15 a.m. service and gather in the narthex right after receiving communion. They meet in the Loft until the end of the post-service coffee hour. The Youth Group focuses on church-related activities, charitable or community services, and social gatherings. Christ Church partners with other local Episcopal parishes and the Diocese to plan occasional service opportunities, fellowship events and services trips. Our youth also lead our annual Easter Egg hunt, helped with the annual Christmas Pageant, host a Root Beer Float table on Father’s Day, and take part in an annual summer Ice Cream social. We also go for hikes and get together from time to time just for fun.
Christ Church offers confirmation classes for teenagers and adults. The next class for our youth will run from Fall 2017 through Spring 2018, in preparation for Confirmation at Grace Cathedral in June 2018. All are welcome! Contact the Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna for more information.
The Forum is our regular adult formation program, meeting every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The focus of the Forum rotates regularly between clergy-led programs, Bible study, book studies, and video lectures from The Great Courses.
We hope you’ll join us for one of our upcoming programs! Here’s what we’re planning through the rest of 2018:
through October 14: Reading Between the Lines, a conversational Bible study using the socratic method to delve deeply into one of the lectionary passages appointed on Sunday.
October 21 and 28: Talking Stewardship: Gratitude, Generosity, and Generativity, programs led by Rev. Claire
November 4 – 25: The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience, videos from The Great Courses with commentary and conversation by Rev. Claire
December 2 – 23: Book Study for Advent using the wonderfully accessible and concise Being Christian by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams