Ministry for Families
One of the most important things a family can do is worship together. Children learn by experiencing and by watching what their parents do. Kids who do not spend time in prayer and worship as children will not be nearly as likely to seek it out as a teenager or an adult. Family ministry is important to us at Christ Church, as we try to meet the needs of every part of the family. We want to help equip parents to be faithful parents at home, teaching their children by example how to pray, and how our faith permeates every aspect of our lives. We also understand that parenting, as wonderful as it can be, can also be stressful. We offer parenting support groups, and help parents spend time with one another. We offer programs for all ages so that no matter what the makeup of the family, there is something for everyone at Christ Church.
We love kids at Christ Church. The old adage says that "faith is caught, not taught," which is certainly true. We also recognize that there is great benefit to passing on our faith stories and our traditions to our younger generations. We have a thriving Sunday School that meets during the secular school year for all children, pre-school through high school. Sunday School meets at 10:15, between services in the Parish House. We use curriculums from a variety of sources, and welcome all children to join us!
We love children of all ages at Christ Church. The old adage says that "faith is caught, not taught," which is certainly true. We also recognize that there is great benefit to passing on our faith stories and our traditions to our younger generations. We have a thriving Sunday School that meets during the secular school year for all children, pre-school through high school. Sunday School meets at 10:15, between services in the Parish House. We use curriculums from a variety of sources, and welcome all children to join us! The Youth Group, for kids in 6-12th grades meets at various times outside of Sunday mornings according to the Youth Calendar. For detailed information about the youth and children's programs at Christ Church for 2016 - 2017, click on the brochure.
A brand new ministry here at Christ Church is our Jr. EYC!! We are so excited to welcome all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as we offer many opportunities for fun and fellowship. Our kick-off opportunity was Sunday, Oct 18th. We had a brief orientation for parents and lunch. After, we departed for Poppell Farms corn maze and pumpkin patch! Everyone had a blast, and we are all excited about the monthly opportunities to come. Stay tuned!!
For questions regarding our Jr. EYC please contact:
The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia offers several opportunities for retreats, lock-ins, summer mission and more. We strongly encourage our students to participate in as many of these events as possible. Events/activities include Fall Gathering, Spring Gathering, New Beginnings, Happening, summer camp, Convention lock-in, Acolyte festival and a summer mission trip either domestic or to the Dominican Republic. Wow! That’s a lot of stuff! For more information visit http://youth.georgiaepiscopal.org.
The rite of Confirmation is for all those in who are 16 years of age and above who wish to affirm their baptismal vows and commit themselves to a life of Christian service. Stay tuned for more info on when the youth confirmation class will begin.
We offer many opportunities for students to share the love of God in Christ with those in need. In addition to our summer mission trips, students have opportunities to serve those in need in our own community. We have volunteered at a local assisted living, prepared meals for shut-ins, helped prepare and serve lunch at Manna House, assisting with the annual St. Mark’s towers outreach, etc.
Youth Sunday School classes are offered each Sunday at 10:15 am. We are currently combining 6-12th grades with the hopes to split the groups in the near future. Lots of learning takes place, and we strive to provide a welcoming space where a variety of ideas and questions are encouraged. We are blessed with three outstanding teachers, Jody Bradford, Beth Smith and Beth Varn, whom I am honored to assist.
On Sunday evenings in the fall and spring we meet from 6p-8p in the parish house for a great time of fun and fellowship. We do this as we share a meal together, play indoor/outdoor games, participate in creative/artistic activities, worship and bible study. This offers students and adults an opportunity to unplug from their busy lives to take a “holy pause”, giving them spiritual nourishment for the coming week.
For questions regarding any of our youth ministry programs please contact:
Our faith formation is a life-long process, continuing for our entire life. Many adults do not engage their faith beyond the Sunday School level, but for those who do, they find their faith deepened and more meaningful, and find that they can benefit from it more readily as they navigate the ups and downs of life. We offer regular opportunities for Christian Formation on Sundays and weekdays. On Sundays we have a class for adults at 10:15 am, that covered a range of topics and biblical study. There is a men's bible study at 10:30 am each Tuesday. On Wednesday evenings there is usually a class, discussing scripture, the faith, or a seasonal topic depending on the time of the year. We also have groups that meet around Wellness, called Living Compass groups, and we offer EC 101 classes for adults to help them learn about the Episcopal faith.
Study of the bible is an important and foundational part of our lives. We encourage everyone to read scripture on a regular basis. Our Sunday worship is full of scripture, and we include weekly study guides for the lessons we read in church. You don't have to attend a bible study to get something from scripture - you can just sit quietly and read from the bible and listen for what God is trying to say through its pages. If you do like to gather with others for study, we have a number of regular opportunities:
- The Wednesday Night Bible Study meets each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:25 pm in the Vestry Room (located in the Parish House). This Study meets weekly during the months of January to May except during Lent, and September through November.
- Adult Enrichment meets Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Robert W. Brown leads these Bible based studies on various topics.