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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.

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April 2022

Easter Egg Stuffing Party

April 6 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 7, 2022

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

Our Easter Eggs need to be stuffed before the hunt can begin! Please bring your friends to the Montgomery foyer on Wednesdays after dinner starting March 23, and enjoy some fellowship as you stuff Easter eggs full of goodies. We have lots of eggs to fill, and we will need a lot of help!

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Pre-YC

April 10 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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Calvary kids in 4th and 5th grade are invited to Pre-YC this Sunday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.! This event will give everyone a small sample of what Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) is like at Calvary! We will eat lunch together starting at 11:30 a.m. on the 3rd floor. To help us prepare lunch for everyone, please RSVP to Gabbie Munn or Jeremy Demarest.

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Family Way of the Cross

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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After the Noon service on Good Friday, families of all ages are welcome to join a Way of the Cross specifically designed for families with youth and young children. This activity will take place within Calvary, and we will make a journey to reflect on Christ's journey with the cross and ponder on questions pertaining to our own lives. Please meet at Calvary park promptly after the service. This family Way of the Cross activity is open to families of…

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Easter Egg Hunt

April 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Free

Families, children, and youth are invited to join us at Court Square Park for an Easter Egg Hunt starting promptly at 10:30 a.m. on Easter Day! Easter eggs will be hidden all throughout the park, and it is your mission to find them all and collect the goodies inside them. You are welcome to bring your basket from home, but we will also provide extra baskets at the park. If you are joining us from the 9:00 a.m. service, we…

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May 2022

Star Wars Night

May 4 @ 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
Free

May the Fourth be with you! Next Wednesday, May fourth (not a long time ago) In the Great Hall (not in a galaxy far, far way) a special Star Wars-themed Wednesday night … Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope (PG) In the Great Hall Showtime is 5:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 5:15 - you can eat it in the Mural Room or carry it upstairs  Lightsaber crafts & Popcorn All ages welcome! Jedis, Wookies, Princesses, Rebels, old and baby…

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St. Cecilia Choir Rehearsal

May 4 @ 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 12, 2022

Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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The youngest choir of the parish is the St. Cecilia Choir. They sing periodically at the 10:30 a.m. worship service and at special services. Using a variety of activities, the choristers learn to use their voices by means of hymns and other sacred songs. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:00. At the conclusion of rehearsal, they have the opportunity to join their friends to say Compline in the nave until 7:15 p.m. The St. Cecilia Choir…

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Boys and Girls Choir Rehearsal

May 4 @ 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 12, 2022

Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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The Boys and Girls Choir, made up of students with unchanged voices in grades 3 and up, sings at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Using the Voice for Life curriculum established by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), Organist-Choirmaster Kristin Lensch promotes a complete and quality approach to children’s music ministry that is as much a Christian education experience as it is a musical training experience. Choristers often become peer leaders over time as they progress through the program.…

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EpiscoPals

May 11 @ 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 12, 2022

Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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EpiscoPALS is a fellowship group for our young people in grades 1 through 5 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.

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Children’s Formation

May 15 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:15 am on Sunday, repeating until May 16, 2022

Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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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. These two curriculums are based in storytelling and designed to connect our young people deeper to their faith. We are doing everything we can to keep our folks safe and…

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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.

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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.

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