What is a Family?
Families in the Episcopal Church come in all shapes, sizes and configurations; married, divorced, partnered, remarried, single parents, kids, step parents, no kids, grown kids. A family is truly what you say it is. Diana Garland writes in her book Family Ministry: Defining Perspective, that “family is the set of relationships that endures over a lifetime despite life’s separations.” A family like this, no matter how it looks, is truly a gift from God.
Christ Church offers classes on Sunday mornings for children and youth age three through 12th grade. Click here to learn more about our Sunday School program.
Worship -- Children’s Chapel
Children aged three through third grade are welcome to go to Children’s Chapel during the 10:00 a.m. service. Children begin the service sitting with their families in church and will be invited to Children's Chapel just before to the Gospel hymn. Children's Chapel includes a Gospel reading, an interactive, age-appropriate sermon, the prayers of the people, and singing songs. Children return to the church during the Peace, in time to be present for communion. Parents are welcome to go to chapel with their child but are not required to attend.
One Sock On
Are you a new parent or a parent-to-be? Would you like to connect with other parents on their own journey through the joys and challenges of parenthood? One Sock On is a supportive, loving, and welcoming gathering group that seeks to provide fellowship and support for parents of infants and toddlers, as well as a time for the little ones to meet each other. The group meets for weekly fellowship from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. in Room 110 in the Fowler House. Click here to send Adrianne Wegner an email.
Family Friendly Events
Christ Church has a vibrant community of families with children. Here are just a handful of the family friendly events hosted at Christ Church.
Blessing of the Backpacks -- September 6, 2015, morning services
Bring yourself, backpack or school bag to the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday when we’ll offer a blessing for all of our students as they begin another school year.
Welcome Sunday -- September 13, 2015, after 10:00 a.m. service
Welcome Sunday is an annual fair and potluck picnic. It is a festive event with activities and games sponsored by our various ministries and geared toward people of all ages.
Fall Youth Sunday -- October 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m. service
The 10:00 a.m. worship service will highlight the gifts for ministry that our youth and children have. Our preacher that morning is a high school senior. Come celebrate the church of today with our children and youth!
Advent Wreath Workshop -- November 29, 2015 from 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Start your Advent with making an Advent Wreath to enjoy at home all season. This is a family-friendly event and anyone in the congregation is welcome and encouraged to come. Wreath bases, candles, and prayers are provided; volunteers are needed to donate boxwood, pine, or other evergreen clippings from their gardens.
Christmas Pageant & Yuletide Feast — December 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
- On this special night, the Sunday school children of Christ Church will don costumes of shepherds, sheep, and angels, and take us back in time to a manger in Bethlehem to tell the story of a remarkable event. The Christmas Pageant is Christ Church’s way of transitioning from the waiting of Advent to the joy of Christmas. So come one, and come all, to learn about Christmas from the children of Christ Church, and to celebrate the birth of the greatest child of all, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- Immediately following the pageant, please join us in the Auditorium for a Yuletide Feast and cookie exchange. Dinner will be provided by the church so bring your appetite! We also encourage you to bring a batch of your favorite cookies so you can partake in the cookie exchange. To-go bags will be provided for you to take home an assortment of cookies to enjoy during this holiday season. Child care will be available in the Nursery from 4:00—7:00 p.m.
Click here for the Christmas Pageant page of the website and to share this information with your family and friends.
Super Bowl Party & SOUPer Bowl of Caring Food Drive -- Sunday, February 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Everyone is invited to join us for the biggest football event of the year! Bring your family, friends and neighbors on February 1 for a casual, fun-filled evening watching the big game in the Teen Center. The party starts at 6:00 p.m. and goes until the game ends. As part of this event, the youth groups will be collecting toiletries for the Christ Church Lazarus ministry. Pizza and drinks will be provided, but please stop by the store and bring some snacks to share during the game and canned food to donate to the food drive. Questions? Click here to contact Stacie Anderson.
Scout Sunday -- 2016 date TBD, 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. services
Have the scouts and scout leaders in your family of today and yesteryear wear their uniforms and join us for a blessing at the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper -- February 9, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Stop by the church after school or work on Shrove Tuesday for a delicious breakfast-for-dinner feast hosted by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s and the Christ Church Youth Groups. This Mardi Gras event features food, fellowship, and games for children and adults of all ages. Cost: $5 per person, $20 per family, Free for children age 4 and under.
Ash Wednesday Service for Children -- February 10, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday is one of the most powerful days in the church year, and this special service will help our children engage with the symbols of this liturgy. We will put away our Alleluias, hear readings, have an interactive sermon, pray, and make Eucharist together. The service will include the imposition of ashes and will help our children understand walking the way of Lent together.
Good Friday Service for Children -- March 25, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
Good Friday is a somber day that can be difficult for adults to understand. This service is developmentally appropriate for children and will help our children understand the outpouring of Love given by Jesus on the Cross.
Easter Family Service and Egg Hunt -- March 27, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
The Easter Family Service is held on Easter Sunday in the Auditorium. An Easter Egg Hunt occurs in the churchyard immediately following the Family Easter Service. Please bring your own basket. Children are always welcome at all Christ Church worship services.
Spring Youth Sunday -- 2016 date TBD, 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. services
The 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services will highlight the gifts for ministry that our youth and children have. Our preacher that morning is a high school senior at Christ Church. Come celebrate the church of today with our children and youth!
Shrine Mont Parish Retreat -- June 17-19, 2016
Shrine Mont is the camps, conference, and retreat center of the Diocese of Virginia, located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This event is both retreat and festival, a time to get to know long-timers and newcomers better, to relax, to worship God together, and to unplug from our busy lives. There are things for individuals, couples, and families, for children, youth, and adults to do.