Children & Youth

Upcoming Children & Youth Events

Sunday Mornings | Wednesday Evenings

Sunday Mornings for Children & Youth

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Sunday Morning Nursery Care 

Calvary maintains an excellent nursery facility staffed by trained, professional caregivers. Open from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the nursery is for children ages five and under and is located on the first floor in the Orgill Room. A loving atmosphere, personal attention, and age-appropriate toys, Bible stories, and Bible-based activities are all designed to make the nursery a safe, nurturing place for your child. 

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. 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 church at the time of the Peace to join their families for Communion. Children age three and older are welcome to Children’s Chapel. The liturgy is geared for children age three to seven. Parent participation is encouraged.

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

2016–2017 Formation 

Formation classes for all ages are held August 14, 2016, through May 7, 2017, and begin at 11:15 a.m. Classes are held in the second-floor education wing (except for high school which meets on the 3rd floor). Adult classes meet in the Great Hall. An open house will be held on Sunday, August 7, where all adults can learn about adult formation offerings and parents and students can meet their teachers in their respective classrooms to learn more about their curriculum for the year.

Pre-K and Kindergarten: Godly Play in Room 201

The Godly Play curriculum invites children to enter into our sacred stories through careful telling of the scripture stories, engaging story figures, and a variety of creative activities. Children are encouraged to wonder about themselves, God, and the world around them in a way that is playful and meaningful to them. Godly Play teachers encourage children to use their curiosity and imagination to experience the mystery and joy of God. 

Grades 1 & 2: Godly Play: People, Prophets, and Parables in Room 203

Grades 1 & 2 continue with the Godly Play curriculum and build upon stories learned in Pre-K and Kindergarten, with focus on specific people, prophets, and the parables of Jesus.

Grades 3 & 4: Bible 101 in Room 205

Third grade students join fourth graders in Bible 101. Based on a two-year cycle that covers both the Old and New Testament, this class is devoted to an in-depth and age-appropriate study of the scripture. This year's focus will be on the New Testament. On Sunday, August 14, Calvary will present each 3rd grade student with a Bible for use in this class. We strongly encourage students to be present every Sunday as each lesson builds on the previous one. 

Grades 5 & 6: Re:form in Room 207

Re:form is a curriculum rooted in historic Christianity and the gospels which speaks to youth on their level. The three key foundations of this curriculum are encounter, engage, and respond. Animated short films frame tough theological questions that youth really ask, like “Why does God let bad things happen?” and “Why do we say The Lord’s Prayer if it feels like I’m just going through the motions?” Each student will receive an “anti-workbook” that will provide them space to unravel the lesson. Each lesson has response time led by our teachers.

Grades 7 & 8: Living Compass in Room 208
Grades 9-12: Living Compass in the Third-Floor Youth Room

The year's curriculum will be influenced by Dr. Scott Stoner's book Your Living Compass: Living Well in Thought, Word, and Deed. We will focus on four main aspects of our humanness: our heart, our soul, our strength, and our mind. Throughout the year we will look at every part of our lives (school, physical health, stress, family, friends, etc.) and see where our life compass is pointing. At what do we excel? What do we need more practice doing? How do these four aspects of our humanness intertwine to make us who we are and help us decide who we want to be? Come ready to explore yourself, your opinions, and how God works through you. The lessons will be tailored to the age/grade into which the classes are split. 

High School Confirmation: My Faith, My Life in the Emison Room

This curriculum is based on the book My Faith My Life by Jenifer Gamber. The students will learn about the Christian faith they have been baptized into and how the Episcopal Church offers a spiritual home for their faith. This class invites the confirmands to ask the questions: Where is my ministry? What does it look like? What are my gifts to share? How will confirmation shape my calling? This guide and class will encourage the students to mix their personal reflection with Scripture passages, lives of the saints, sacraments, prayer, ministry, and history of the church to uncover the answers. This class will meet from August 14, 2016, to January 8, 2017.

Wednesday Evenings for Children & Youth

Koinonia is Calvary’s Wednesday evening program of dinner, worship, classes, and choir rehearsals, during the fall, winter, and spring.

Ages 0–5: Nursery — 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Childcare for children ages 0-5 is available in the Orgill Room from 5:30 p.m. until the end of classes.

Grades 1 & 2: St. Cecilia’s Choir — 6:15-7 p.m.

Melissa Elsholz directs the St. Cecilia Choir, the youngest choir of the parish. Using a variety of activities, he helps them learn to use their voices, teaches them hymns and other sacred songs, and guides them as they learn what it means to sing in a choir. The St. Cecilia Choir sings periodically at the 10 a.m. worship service throughout the year. Melissa has been a music educator for the past 15 years. She served her first eight years as a band director in Michigan and Indiana, and she presently serves as an Orff Music Specialist at Grahamwood Elementary School. Melissa holds a degree in music education from Western Michigan University and a degree in Educational Leadership from Union University. At the conclusion of rehearsal, the St. Cecilia choristers have the opportunity to join their friends in EpiscoPals until 7:30 p.m. Contact Melissa Elsholz for more information, 901-312-5212.

Grade 3 & up:  Boys and Girls Choir — 6:15-7 p.m.

Using the “Voice for Life” curriculum established by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), the Boys and Girls Choir experience is formative in many ways—musically, liturgically, and spiritually. It is as much a Christian education experience as it is a musical training experience, and provides opportunities to achieve concrete goals. Over time, choristers often become peer leaders as they progress through the program. The choir sings every other week with the Calvary Choir, including major feast days like Easter and Christmas. In addition, the choir experience includes social events, choir collaboration, and a trip. After rehearsing with Kristin Lensch, organist-choirmaster, the choristers have an opportunity to join their friends in EpiscoPals until 7:30 p.m. Contact Organist-Choirmaster Kristin Lensch for more information, 901-312-5212, or klensch@calvarymemphis.org.

Ages 0–5: EpiscoPals, Jr. — 6:30-7:30 p.m.

EpiscoPals, Jr. meets in the Orgill Room nursery to listen to stories and work on craft projects, led by Nursery Coordinator Robbie Phillips.

Grades 1–5: EpiscoPals — 6:30-7:30 p.m.

EpiscoPals is a fellowship group for 1st-5th graders that meets in Room 205 to play games, work on arts and crafts, read and act out stories, and generally have fun together in a Christ-centered environment. Led by Hilary Chipley and Emily Smith.

Grades 6–12: Genesis Maker Lab — 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This class is designed for middle school and high school students. The purpose of GML is to mentor youth who would like to understand how things work and how to make their own ideas work, learn how to turn their ideas into reality, build courage and confidence to create, and promote fellowship. Youth will be given the opportunity to deconstruct, reconstruct, and reinvent the world around them by starting simple and moving where the Spirit takes them. Led by Kayla Bartosch.