Children and Youth at Christ the King 2017-2018
Christ the King offers Christian education for children and youth ages 3 and up, in addition to nursery care for children under 4. For children ages 3-5 and 1st-4th grade, Sunday school begins at 9:45, and ends with the children joining the rest of the congregation for Holy Eucharist at 10:40. 5th-8th graders arrive at 9am for their class, and attend church at 10am after their class ends. High school youth meet at various times, and attend 10am services.
For Preschoolers: The Godly Play approach helps children explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their innate sense of God through wonder and play. For children ages 3-5. Led by Beth Vargas and Beth Veasey. 10am
For elementary school children (1st-4th grade). Weaving God’s Promises teaches children how God’s promises of salvation are woven into our lives, teaches them the way of Christ, not only in the church, but in the world as Christ’s ambassadors, and fosters sprituality and growth in love, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation. Led by Linda Fitzpatrick. 10am
For middle school students (5th-8th grade). Echo the Story is an imaginative way to engage in the Bible using story telling, creative reflection and dialogue. Gives preteens a deep experience of the Bible. Led by the Rev. Alison Quin (9am at the rectory)
Christ the King also offers a special children’s service on Christmas Eve, a Christmas Pageant, and a special service for children during Holy Week. In the summer, children can participate in vacation bible school. There are also many opportunities for children to serve in the various ministries of the church, as acolytes, lectors, greeters,singing, helping with parish clean up days, cooking and helping out with the Food Pantry.
Our youth are encouraged to participate in all aspects of parish life. We value their leadership and gifts. Youth sing in the choir, volunteer at the food pantry, cook, make repairs and participate in outreach. They gather for fellowship and learning, and confirmation classes are offered every other year.
Youth attend an annual overnight
retreat at St. John the Divine (Nightwatch) and gather with other youth for annual mission trips and other activities.
Young people are encouraged to participate in worship as acolytes, readers, greeters or lay eucharistic ministers.
Youth at Christ the King have the opportunity to go on mission trips each summer. In recent years, we have alternated between trips to Kentucky to repair homes for low income homeowners, and trips to Navajoland in Bluff, Utah, to offer vacation bible school and learn about Navajo culture. Young people participate in planning and fundraising for each trip.