Children and Youth at Christ the King 2015-2016
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-3rd grade, Sunday school begins at 9:45, and ends with the children joining the rest of the congregation for Holy Eucharist at 10:40. Sunday school for older children (4th-6th grade) and youth group meet every other Sunday at 11am, so they can participate in the worship service.
For ages 3-5, we offer Godly Play, a Montessori-based curriculum that engages children’s imagination and sense of wonder, as they learn our sacred stories.
For ages 6-11, we offer Sunday School based on the Weaving God’s Promises curriculum. Children engage with the stories of Scripture, and learn about the liturgy and traditions of the church.
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.
Youth from 7th-12th grade meet every two weeks with their leaders for the Journey to Adulthood program. The program incorporates the learning opportunities of church school and the social and service activities of traditional youth ministry. Additionally, several special liturgical events celebrate adolescent milestones.
Young people are welcome to assist 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.
Youth also have the opportunity to participate in Nightwatch, an overnight at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City, as well as other diocesan sponsored events.
We offer many opportunities to exercise leadership and share gifts. Youth at Christ the King can help with Vacation Bible School, assist with food drives, cooking for parish events, help with parish repairs and clean up days.