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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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March 2021

Palm Sunday

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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Holy Week begins with the remembrance of Jesus’s humble yet triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Our service begins with the Liturgy of the Palms and includes the reading of the Passion Gospel.

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May 2021

Boys and Girls Choir Rehearsal

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 20, 2021

During COVID-19, this is a singing opportunity emphasizing vocal health and fellowship for children in Grade 3 and up, with unchanged voices. The Boys and Girls Choir meets safely distanced and sings masked for 30 minutes. For more information, contact Kristin Lensch, klensch@calvarymemphis.org

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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 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.

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 in the Orgill Room.

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.

EpiscoPALS is a fellowship group for 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, Eric Milner, and Emily Smith.

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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