CHILDREN

every child is a blessing 

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  Spiritual Transformation

We believe that children are spiritual beings, created by God. Even the youngest children can experience the Holy Spirit and be spiritually transformed. 

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HALLOWEEN FAMILY FUN NIGHT

SAVE THE DATE!

Friday, October 28 | 6:00- 7:30 pm | CCUM Parking Lot

Trunk or Treat, food trucks, costume parade, games and more!
Dress up and join us! 
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Parents:
  • We need 30 Halloween Decorated Car Trunks for the children’s Trunk or Treat. We will supply the candy you will be handing out. A prize will be awarded to the best trunk!  
  • We need candy donations! Please drop off nut-free, individually wrapped candy to collection bins at the Christ Church front desk by October 15.  Suggested candy: suckers, Smarties, Starburst, Skittles, mixed bags. OR, order straight from our Amazon candy wish list. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2QKOO2C30BB9G?ref_=wl_share 

Sign Up to Decorate Your Car!

Sunday Morning Faith Formation

Our children will spend time hearing Bible stories about kindness, praying and practicing kindness!

 

In Person | During the 9 & 11:15 am worship services 

Kindergarten through 2nd grade:

During the 9 and 11:15 am worship services, Kindergarten - 2nd grades will begin in worship with their families and leave for Children's Worship. They will return to the Sanctuary during the closing hymn.

Sunday Faith Formation at 10 am

The 10:05 am Faith Formation hour is back! We are excited to spend time praying, playing and learning Bible Stories with your children. Plus, we are focusing on building friendships this year so we have added extra playtime to each session!

9 & 11:15 am Worship (Click to Expand)
  • Our loving staff will be providing care for our babies, infants, toddlers. Each week, these little ones will hear a Bible story and receive a blessing!
  • Our preschoolers will also be in childcare and will have a special worship time designed especially for their age!

Kindergarten through 2nd grade:

During the 9 and 11:15 am worship services, Kindergarten - 2nd grades will begin in worship with their families and leave for Children's Worship. They will return to the Sanctuary during the closing hymn.

10 am Faith Formation Hour (Click to Expand)
  • The 10:05 am Faith Formation hour is back. We are excited to spend time praying, playing and learning Bible Stories with your children. Plus, we are focusing on building friendships this year so we have added extra playtime to each session!

Online
10:15 am - 10:35 am | Pre - K through 5th grade

Your kids are invited to join Leanne on Sundays online for a story, prayer and time to play and connect!

Same link each week: ccum.net/kidzoom
Perfect for the weeks that you're out of town, sick or have conflicts, or too tired to get dressed and can't make it in-person!


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3rd Through 5th Grade | Becoming Lifelong Worshipers

How We’re Supporting You & Your Kids On This Journey (Click to Expand)

Providing fun ways to re-read the scripture

Find Adventure Bibles located in baskets under the pews at the back of the church as you enter the Sanctuary (see photo below). These are specifically written for kids aged 3rd – 5th grade and instructions on the first page invite them to find the scripture of the day and mark it to re-read during the sermon.

 

Offering guided reflection during the sermon

Invite your kids to work through the Worship Notes sheets provided with the Adventure Bibles. This simple reflection can be done individually or with your kids. Encourage your kids to ask questions and ask them questions too!

 

Emphasizing singing of the hymns

Kids participating in PSALM Kids will be familiar with Dr. Dan Blosser’s focus on singing hymns in worship. Encourage your kids to find the page and sing along.

 

Offering chances to be a part of worship services

Our acolyte, usher and greater teams would LOVE for you and your kids to serve in worship in the way that works best for you. Contact Julia Gilman to get connected with the lay leaders of these ministries.

 

Collaboration between your family, the Children’s Ministry Team and Christ Church Staff

Don’t forget that becoming a life-long worshipper is a process, so please know that our team is here to support this journey. We are here for you and your children, so reach out at any time!

Why Cultivating Life-Long Worshippers Matters To Us (Click to Expand)

Jesus invited children into his presence.

When parents brought their children to Jesus to have them blessed, the disciples tried to turn the children away but Jesus stopped them and invited the children closer to him. Children belong to the body of Christ and they are welcome in worship!

 

While your child might not understand everything about worship, they are absorbing it and it is becoming sacred time to them.

Leading experts in Children’s ministry agree that strong connection to worship begin, not by understanding the sermon, but through singing the hymns, memorizing the Lord’s Prayer, passing the offering plate and watching people they admire and love worship.

 

The whole congregation benefits from seeing children as part of the church.

The energy and joy your kids bring into worship is a gift to our church family!

 

Studies show that children who leave church for their entire childhood leave the church.

The church began one-hour Sunday School hoping it would help kids avoid feeling bored in church so that they would “want to worship as adults.” However, after studying several generations of children, leaders discovered that children who attended children’s church for their entire childhood missed the chance to develop positive feelings toward the worship service and did not return as they grew.

Safe Sanctuaries

We believe that God intends for us to welcome and protect children, students and vulnerable adults, and to support those who minister to them as volunteers and employees. Completion of Safe Sanctuaries training is required prior to working with children and youth at Christ Church. 

Safe Sanctuaries Training Overview

Safe Sanctuaries Training Video

STAFF

Leanne Hadley
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth and Families and Online

office: 502-893-2201 x236

Janet Hagerty
Children's Ministry Director: Early Childhood and Holy Listening

office: 502-893-2201 x254

Linda Hess
Childcare Ministry Director: Infant and Childcare

office: 502-893-2201 x241