Children & Youth

Upcoming Children & Youth Events

Sunday Mornings | Wednesday Evenings

Sunday Mornings for Children & Youth

Sunday Morning Nursery Care 

Calvary maintains an excellent nursery facility staffed by trained, professional caregivers. Nursery Manager Robbie Phillips and her staff, Cassandra, Dori, and Margaret, welcome children ages 0 - 5 each Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. The nursery is open from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays and 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. during the Wednesday night Koinonia season. The nursery also is open 30 minutes prior to most Holy Day services. The nursery is located on the first floor in Calvary Place Childcare Center on Sunday mornings and in the Orgill Room on Wednesday nights. A loving atmosphere, personal attention, and age-appropriate toys and activities are all designed to make the nursery a safe, nurturing place for your child. A child registration form should be on file for each child who attends nursery. Child registration forms can be obtained by Miss Robbie and are kept in a secure location. Please remember to bring diapers/pull-ups and wipes with your child every time they attend the nursery. Please also bring a change of clothing with your child, even if your child is potty-trained.  

Children’s Chapel

Children’s Chapel is an opportunity for children to experience the “Liturgy of the Word” in an easy-to-understand, story format. Children participate in a number of ways, such as setting the altar table, listening, responding to the story, singing, praying, offertory collection, and the sign of peace. At the beginning of the 10 a.m. worship service, children follow the children’s cross out of the church to Children’s Chapel, which is held in room 203 on the second-floor education wing. Children are escorted into the church at the time of the Peace to join their families for Communion. Children ages three and up are welcome to Children’s Chapel. The liturgy is geared for children ages three to seven. Parent participation is encouraged, especially during a child’s first time to attend Children’s Chapel.

Children are welcome at all Calvary worship services. Nursery care and Children’s Chapel are special options for children during worship.

Youth as Worship Leaders

There are many ways for Calvary’s youth to serve in Sunday morning worship. Youth are encouraged to acolyte, lector, sing in the choir, usher, and/or help in Children’s Chapel. Below is the list of ministry leadership contacts and volunteer age requirements. Please contact the ministry leader for further information, including training information. 

Acolyte: 7th-12th grade – Catie Thacker

Lector: 5th-12th grade – Kendra Martin

Usher: 6th-12th grade – Laurence Ritter

Music: 1st-12th grade – Kristin Lensch

Children’s Chapel Helper: 5th-12th grade – Hilary Chipley

 

Sunday Morning Formation

Pre-K and Kindergarten: Godly Play – Room 201
The Godly Play curriculum invites children to enter into our sacred stories through the careful telling of scripture stories, engaging story figures, and a variety of creative activities. Children are encouraged to wonder aloud about the Bible stories, themselves, God, and the world around them. Godly Play teachers encourage children to use their curiosity and imagination to experience the mystery and joy of God. 

1st & 2nd grades: Godly Play (People, Prophets, and Parables) – Room 203
First and second-grade students continue with the Godly Play curriculum and build upon stories learned in pre-K and Kindergarten, with a focus on specific people, prophets, and the parables of Jesus.

3rd, 4th, and 5th grades: Holy Moly – Room 205
Third, fourth, and fifth-grade students experience the Salvation story by exploring the Old Testament, New Testament, and Post-Resurrection stories this year with the Episcopal curriculum Holy Moly.

6th – 8th grades: Who? What? Why? Bible Lessons that Answer Our Questions – Room 208
Students will explore lessons that every youth should know and explore from the Bible. From “Who is Jesus?” to “Why the Church?” we will look at the basics of the Bible and explore how these lessons can answer our everyday questions.

9th-12th grades: – Wait... What is an Episcopalian? – Third Floor Youth Room 
Students will answer the questions we have all been asked, “Wait… You’re an Episcopalian? What is that?” and explore what it means to be an Episcopalian by engaging in conversation about who we are, what we do, and why we do it. 

Youth Town Halls and Lunch – Third Floor Youth Room
There will be a Youth Town Hall in lieu of formation every 3rd Sunday of the month. This will be a safe place for youth to voice their opinions on how we serve our community, what topics they are interested in discussing and exploring, and how they would like to be involved. After the meeting, we will walk together to a restaurant close-by for lunch. Youth are encouraged to bring a $5 donation for lunch.

 

Wednesday Evenings

Ages 0-5 – Nursery – 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Childcare for children ages 0-5 is available in the Orgill Room.

Sr.K-2nd grades – St. Cecilia Choir – 6:15-7 p.m.
Room 203
 
Directed by Melissa Elsholz, children learn hymns, other sacred songs, how to use their voices, and how to sing in a choir. St. Cecilia Choir sings monthly at the 10 a.m. worship service throughout the year. At the conclusion of their rehearsal, students have the opportunity to join their friends in other youth offerings until 7:30 p.m. 

3rd grade & up – Boys and Girls Choir – 6:15-7 p.m.
Crook Auditorium
Directed by Kristin Lensch, organist-choirmaster, the Boys and Girls Choir uses the “Voices for Life” curriculum established by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). The Boys and Girls Choir sings every other week with the Calvary Choir, including major feast days such as Easter and Christmas. At the conclusion of their rehearsal, students have the opportunity to join their friends in other youth offerings until 7:30 p.m. 

1st–5th Grades – EpiscoPals – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Room 205

EpiscoPals is a fellowship group for 1st-5th-graders that meets to play games, work on arts and crafts, read and act out stories, and have fun together in a Christ-centered environment. Led by Hilary Chipley and Eric Milner.

6th-12th Grades – EYC – 6:15-7:30 p.m.
3rd floor Youth Room

Wednesday night Episcopal Youth Community will meet from 6:15-7:30 in the 3rd floor EYC room after dinner. Wednesday nights are for any youth in grades 6-12 to come together and participate in team-building activities, music, games, service projects, discussion, and prayer. Take a break from the stress of the “real world” and join me at EYC!