fbpx
children subpage2.jpg

Children and Family Ministries

Home Learn Children and Family Ministries

Children and Family Ministries

Calvary Episcopal Church Children and Family Ministry seeks to build meaningful spiritual formation opportunities through religious education, worship, service, events, and activities for Calvary parishioners.

Upcoming Events

Loading Events

Upcoming Events › Children and Family Ministries

July 2022

Summer Helping Hands

July 13 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 15, 2022

Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
+ Google Map

Rising 1st through 12th graders are welcome to join us for our Summer Helping Hands event Wednesday, July 13-Friday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday we will be participating in acts of service right here at Calvary. We will be making sandwiches, writing letters to put in blankets for our clothes closet, and making and serving a soup at Calvary Park. Thursday we will be meeting at the Emmanuel Center and running and participating in a carnival including…

Find out more »

Moses Goes to the Movies

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Madison Avenue Pocket Park, 151 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Join the Calvary community in the Madison Ave. Pocket Park on Wednesday, July 27, from 6-9 p.m. to watch Prince of Egypt. This is the culmination of our Sunday morning study of the Book of Exodus. All ages are welcome.

Find out more »
+ Export Events

 

Sunday Mornings

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

Nursery Care 

Ages 0-5

Calvary maintains an excellent nursery facility staffed by trained, professional caregivers. Nursery Manager Robbie Phillips and Cassandra Booker welcome children ages 0-5. The nursery is open from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Sundays. Nursery families will be asked to commit to supporting the health, wellness, and safety protocols, and must agree to keep children home when they are not feeling well, have COVID-like symptoms, or have been potentially exposed.

Masks are required for children ages two and up, as recommended by the CDC.

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 the 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

Ages 3-2nd Grade

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, collecting an offering, and exchanging the sign of peace.

At the beginning of the 10:30 a.m. worship service, children follow the children’s cross out of the church to Children’s Chapel, which is held in the St. Francis Courtyard or the Great Hall. Children are escorted into the church at the time of the Peace to join their families for Communion. Masks are required for participants.

 

Sunday Formation: 9:15-10:15 a.m.

In between our services we will have our Sunday Formation hour for all ages, Children ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to join us in the Children’s wing on the second floor! Our young people will be exploring their faith and scripture through Godly Play and Weaving God’s Promises. Two curriculums based in storytelling designed to connect our young people deeper to their faith. 

We are doing everything we can to keep our folks safe and healthy, and we ask you to help support us in this mission. Please keep children home when they are not feeling well, have COVID-like symptoms, or have been potentially exposed. Our formation guides and classrooms will be following protocol as set by Shelby County Schools, and masks will be required for anyone over the age of 2. 

On Sundays that our young people are called to choir rehearsals, formation will look a little different. Those folks who do not go to choir will all gather in one space for fellowship and mission activities lead by Jeremy with help from the formation guides. 


Children in Worship

Children are welcome at all Calvary worship services. There also are some special options for children during worship.

Praise Pack Station 

Everyone gets the wiggles from time to time. And it can be hard to know what to do with that wiggle energy when it hits, especially when you’re in a space like church. We have developed something for folks of all ages that might help. Praise packs are designed to allow people of all ages to channel that wiggle energy into something that will enhance their focus and deepen their worship experience. The fidget items we have available for our praise packs are quiet sensory activities and have been proven to improve concentration and attention by allowing the brain to filter out sensory overload. You can find our praise pack station at the back wall of the nave on the right.  All we ask is that you use them respectfully and empty and return them at the end of worship. Our hope is that these quiet praise packs will allow people of all ages to use to get their wiggles out and help them to engage more with worship

 
If you have any questions about the praise packs or how it works, please email Jeremy at jdemarest@calvarymemphis.org
“Cry Room”

When children become upset during church, parents may choose to help their children find peace in the church library on the second floor. Children’s books are available, and a speaker connected to the church audio system allows parents and children to continue listening to the service.

Wednesday Evenings

Ages 0-5 – Nursery – 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Childcare for children ages 0-5 is available

Sr.K-2nd grades – St. Cecilia Choir – 6:15-7 p.m. Room 203  
3rd grade & up – Boys and Girls Choir – 6:15-7 p.m. Crook Auditorium 
1st–5th Grades – EpiscoPals – 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. – Courtyard, or Great Hall 

EpiscoPALS is a fellowship group for our young people that meets to play games, work on arts and crafts, tell and live into stories, engage in acts of kindness and mission, and have fun together in a loving Christ-centered community. Led by Jeremy Demarest and friends.

Children & Family Groups

POLO (Parents Of Little Ones)

Parents and children ages 0-5 meet at parishioner’s homes, playgrounds, and other fun places for little people once a quarter.

Calvary Pre-YC

Calvary’s Pre-YC are students in grades 3, 4, and 5 that meet once a quarter. It’s purpose is to prepare our “tweens” for youth group with fellowship activities and fun.

Parent Manual and Child Registration Form

Calvary Episcopal Church’s mission is making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis. We encourage our children and youth to live into this mission as part of a safe and loving community. Contained within this manual, you will find information regarding the Children Ministry and the Youth Ministry’s guidelines, procedures, and code of conduct. The guidelines and procedures are in place to provide safety for all children and youth. Please take the time to read this manual and discuss it with your child. Expectations of parents/guardians, children, youth, and Calvary staff are outlined. Parents/guardians, children, youth, and Calvary staff are responsible for the information contained in this manual. Questions can be directed to the director of children and family ministries and/or the director of youth ministries, or a member of the clergy.

Download Parent Manual

Download Medical Release, Waiver Form, Media Release, And Parent Manual Guidelines

 

Child Registration Form

Parents/guardians should complete a Child Registration Form for each child at the beginning of the school year. The program director will distribute and maintain forms. If any information changes during the school year, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to inform the program director.

Complete Child Registration Form Online

COVID-19 and Calvary TodayLearn More
COVID-19 and Calvary TodayLearn More