Children’s Education

Children flowering the cross at EasterThe 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.


8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Our professional nursery 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

Download the 2014–2015 Sunday School Class Schedule (PDF)

The Seasons’ Two program, used in the two- to three-year-old nursery 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 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 Episcopal Children’s Curriculum developed at the Virginia Theological Seminary. The ECC curriculum allows for deeper understanding of the Episcopal faith through the exploration of scripture, tradition and worship. The lessons presented to older students are rooted in scripture and incorporate material from The Book of Common Prayer and The Hymnal 1982. The interactive format and wide range of activities are engaging for older children and help them enjoy exploring their faith in a new way. (The second, third and fourth grade classes meet on the second floor of the Jones Building. The fifth grade class meets in the Jones basement classroom.)

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.