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. Open from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the nursery is for children ages five and under and is located on the first floor in Calvary Place Child Care Center. 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. 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
Aug. 13, 2017 – May 6, 2018

Pre-K and Kindergarten – Godly Play – 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 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 grade – 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 grade – Bible 101 – Room 205
Third-grade students join fourth-grade students 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 Scripture. This year’s focus will be on the Old Testament. We strongly encourage students to be present every Sunday as each lesson builds on the previous one.

5th – 6th grade – The Story – Room 206
The Story
is about the story of the Bible, God’s great love affair with humanity. Each lesson begins with a review of where The Story has been and a hint at where it is going. The Story chronologically moves through events from Genesis to Revelation and hopefully helps the participant to listen for God’s call and through His help, write his or her own story.

7th & 8th grade – Room 208 
High School – Third Floor Youth Room
 
Discipleship: What’s Your Story?

This year’s curriculum, “Discipleship: What’s Your Story?” is all about the Christian journey of discipleship. Students will be encouraged take ownership of their Christian journey. The class begins with students hearing about the spiritual journeys of their parents and guardians and then moves toward workshop-style lessons that will provide the tools that help students share their own journeys. During the spring semester, students will have the opportunity to share their Christian journey with their peers and parents. 

High School Confirmation: 9th—12th grade – Room 207
Confirmation is an important moment in a young person's faith life. In confirmation class students prayerfully consider the promises made by their parents and godparents on their behalf at their baptism and claim them as their own. This year we are using I will, with God’s Help by Mary Lee Wile. The class themes include: belonging, community, prayer, repentance, Scripture, service, story, and worship. This curriculum emphasizes the importance of experience as the primary learning avenue for the Christian journey. Classes begin Sunday, Aug. 13, and conclude with the sacrament of Confirmation during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. In order to be confirmed, students may only miss two classes. 

 

Wednesday Evenings: Sept. 6, 2017 – May 9, 2018

Ages 0-5 – Nursery – 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Child care 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 HOME – 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Room 208

Episcopal Youth Community HOME is designed to Help Overworked Minds Ease. This time in the middle of the week is made to help Calvary’s EYC find a place to completely ease their minds from their everyday worries, concerns, stressors, and to-do lists. This time will be used to create an environment where the students can find their inner peace, let their fun-side shine, and learn how to create other ‘ease’ environments within their daily routines. This will be encouraged through team-building activities, music, games, crafts, Bible study, service projects, meditation, discussions, and prayer. It is important to keep God within your daily routine. This is the perfect opportunity to have fun with your peers while praising God. EYC HOME is led by Minister to Youth Kayla Bartosch and Tom Chipley.