The Cathedral’s ministries with children and families are designed to strengthen each child’s knowledge of scripture and tradition, and to present programs that help each child know how to better share his or her gifts with others. We seek to build lifelong relationships between Cathedral families and we invite you to share your wisdom and your time with the children of the Cathedral. Contact KariAnn Lessner for more information about our programs and how you can get involved.
Children in Our Worship Services
Children are welcome and are encouraged to participate fully at all Cathedral worship services. During the 9 a.m. Eucharist service all children are invited to the chancel steps for the Children’s Talk prior to the sermon.
Worship Bags, with activities just for children, are located at the Cathedral entrances. Bags contain a children’s service leaflet, a copy of Meet Agnus and some quiet toys to keep little ones busy. Additionally, copies of the Beginner’s Bible for Children and the Paraclete Kid’s Bible are available in the pews — both are exceptional guides for young worshipers.
8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
At the Cathedral, it is our goal to meet each opportunity for the formation of young children with wonder and awe. Through music, play, and story, our professional childcare staff is committed to providing a safe and loving environment for infants through five-year-olds. (Rooms 101 & 102, ground level, Jones building)
Children’s Sunday School
September through May
at the 10:00 a.m. Education Hour
The Seasons’ Two program, used in the two- to three-year-old classroom is a program of music, stories and games for toddlers. The Seasons’ Two curriculum helps our youngest learners experience church as a nurturing, caring place. Adult and youth volunteers lead the program with the assistance of the nursery staff. (Room 102, ground level, Jones Building)
Three-year-old through first-grade classes use the Cathedral Godly Play curriculum. The class structure follows the pattern of worship. There is time to share the story in community and time to respond individually through art materials or the story manipulatives. At the end of the response time, the community of children comes together for prayers and a “feast.” (Jones Building, second floor)
Upper church school students, our second through fifth graders, move on to the Workshop Rotation Model. Under this method we teach the same Bible story, liturgical theme, or seasonally applicable truth for four weeks in a row to all students. Each grade level is a team, lead by a coach. Over the four weeks of a lesson, the team rotates through a variety of creative workshops, learning through art, video, games, drama, play, and more. The same teacher presents a single workshop to four different teams, while the students experience a single lesson in four different ways. (Jones Building, second floor)
The Lighthouse Program for Children with Special Needs
The Lighthouse Classroom is a safe place for young people with special needs that prevent the transition to a traditional classroom or worship setting. Learn more »
Need to Know More?
On Sunday mornings during the 10 o’clock Education Hour, council members and Sunday School coordinators are available on the second floor balcony of the Jones Building to greet parents and answer questions about the many programs for families at Christ Church Cathedral. The Children’s Ministry Council also publishes a monthly e-newsletter, Cathedral Families.