Welcome to our Church School!
The Sunday liturgy is our primary form of Christian formation, and everyone is invited to worship and be nourished by Word and Sacrament. All are invited to receive the Eucharist, including small children. The bonds formed around the Lord’s table are renewed and strengthened each time we gather there together.
Our Church School offers children the opportunity to grow in relationship to God–the beginning of a lifelong journey of faith formation. Our overall mission is, simply, to help children have a positive experience of God. Our dedicated Church School leaders will warmly welcome your children into their classrooms, where friends are ready to greet each other and learn together about God, Jesus and Christianity.
There are many special seasonal events during the year that are of special interest to the children, such as the Pet Blessing, Christmas Pageant, Epiphany celebration, Easter egg hunt, end-of-year Parish Picnic, and children’s program at our summer services at the park.
All children and youth are invited to join us for our Christmas Pageant to be performed Sunday, December 16 at the 9:30 service. Our beautiful and low-stress pageant requires no memorizing of lines, only one rehearsal for the older children, and no rehearsal at all for ages three through 2nd grade. We have roles to suit everyone: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angels, shepherds, sheep, and friendly beasts. Plus narrators, scene directors, and behind the scenes helpers. Costumes provided. Primary Choir and Third Grade Choir do not need to sign up, they automatically have a role.
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Our Church Nursery is staffed by three professional childcare providers and is open during Sunday services and any special events requiring childcare.
Age 3 – 2nd Grade
Children age three through second grade attend Church School starting at 9:30 during the Sunday morning service and then join their parents at the Peace. After the service, they return to their classrooms to continue their lessons until 11:30.
Our youngest classroom, The Good Shepherd Atrium, is for age three through Kindergarten. In this room we use Godly Play, an approach based on Montessori principles, which recognizes that children already have their own relationship with God. It is our job to help them develop language and learn stories that will help them think about God and grow closer to God. We do this through songs, storytelling, and work-time, during which the children choose the materials they wish to work with in order to respond to the lessons.
First and second graders meet in our True Vine Atrium in which we use Catechesis of the Good Shepherd methodology. Also based on Montessori, CGS seeks to be an experience of life and education in faith, by encountering God, listening to Jesus the one Teacher, and responding to the Holy Spirit. We sing together every Sunday morning and listen together to sacred stories. The Atrium is a beautifully prepared space in which the children are encouraged to choose what they wish to work with in order to learn best.
Grades 3 – 6
Third through sixth grade children attend Church School after the 9:30 service. For these grades the curriculum we use is Feasting on the Word, which follows the Sunday readings that the children are hearing in church, and offers analysis, activities and crafts to help the children learn.
Grades 7 – 8
Seventh and eighth graders are in our Confirmation program, and may meet with their small mentoring groups after the 9:30 service, or they may meet with their group during the week. This group may also attend Recognize! which is a Sunday morning program with conversation, learning and snacks, for seventh grade through high school.
Summertime brings our beloved outdoor service at Maple Park, which includes a special program for young children with songs, stories and seasonal activities. They will rejoin their parents at the Peace for the balance of the service.
Christ Church facilities and curricula are accessible to students and volunteers with special needs. We have more than 40 volunteers in the children and youth formation programs, who are all trained in “Keeping God’s People Safe” by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
For more information contact:
Melissa Durbin + Director of Children’s Ministries + (847)309-5834 cell + (847)447-2850 office