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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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October 2021

Calvary Family Pumpkin Fest

October 31, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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Come one, come all to our Calvary Family Pumpkin Fest, on Oct. 31, from 11:30-1 p.m. in the Great Hall. Families, Children, youth, and anyone who is interested is invited to join us for lunch, followed by many pumpkin-related activities. Ever played a game of bowling with a pumpkin? No? Well, let's change that! Other activities include pumpkin painting and carving, pumpkin corn hole, and a dress-up photo booth. Please RSVP here (https://forms.gle/g9p55j3yXmsP6QsF6) to reserve your pumpkin.

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November 2021

Advent Wreath Making Festival

November 28, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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Calvary's annual Advent Wreath Festival will be held Sunday, Nov. 28 following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  Make your very own Advent wreath. Some greenery will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own. Wreaths and wreath materials are free of charge.

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December 2021

Christmas Storybook Reading

December 19, 2021 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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With Christmas just right around the corner, and to celebrate the last day of formation in 2021, we are having a Christmas Storybook reading open to families, young ones, and youth! Gather in the far classroom of the children's hall at 9:15 a.m. to hear some classic Christmas tales, drink some hot cocoa, and have a good time with friends. Everyone is invited and encouraged to wear their Christmas pajamas or Christmas sweaters.

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Christmas Eve: 3:30 Holy Eucharist with Pageant

December 24, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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This lively liturgy is specially designed for families with children, but all are welcome to participate. The service features music led by the St. Cecilia and Boys and Girls choirs and brass. Nursery care will be offered for children under five. All are invited to join us for our annual Christmas pageant during the 3:30 Christmas Eve service. Our Christmas pageant will look a little different this year, as it is a no rehearsal Christmas pageant. All ages are welcome…

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January 2022

St. Cecilia Choir Rehearsal

January 12 @ 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

January 12 @ 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

January 12 @ 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

January 16 @ 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.

Children’s Worship Resources

Worship Folders are available at both entrances to the church. They contain bulletins based on the day’s scripture that help children encounter and understand the scripture for the day. The activities are designed to be both entertaining and meaningful as they help facilitate each child’s participation in worship. Also, look for the “Episcodoodles” notepads located in the pews.

“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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