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Children’s Formation

Children’s Formation in the Time of Covid-19

We are following the COVID guidelines of our county, state and the Diocese of North Carolina. Children’s Chapel is currently meeting in person at 9 a.m., with singing, lessons and prayers. Children should be accompanied to the service by an adult. Masks are optional. Videos and reflections to encourage faith-at-home are at www.cotcchildandfam.org.

For more information about in-person and virtual programs, scroll down or contact Director of Christian Formation, Boykin Bell.

Vacation Church Camp

Registration for our 2022 summer camp has closed.

Our 2020 summer camp curriculum, From the Mountains to the Sea, includes bible stories, prayers and suggestions for outdoor activities, art, science and cooking projects. Local hikes along the Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail for each of the five sessions are suggested. The curriculum can be used year-round.

Our Lenten Hikes

During Lent, we wondered at God’s creation on five Sunday afternoons.

Hikers contemplate God’s Creation and enjoy conversation.

Christmas Pageant

The 2021 Christmas pageant was held at the outdoor UNC Forest Theatre.  Our middle and high school Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) told the story of Christ’s birth with the help of little animals, angels, shepherds, kings and a “Silent Night” sky.   

Even the camel wore a mask!

Children’s Chapel

Children’s Chapel is a Sunday morning service that provides a liturgical experience for young children. The service includes music, stories, prayer, and the teaching of familiar responses heard in “Big Church.”

Intergenerational Children’s Chapel services are currently being held at 9:00 AM. We are following the protocols of the larger parish and beginning March 20, masks will be optional. We encourage mask-wearing for those who are not yet vaccinated and for those who feel more comfortable continuing the practice. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Worshipers are invited to join the larger church congregation for Holy Communion.

Church School and Faith at Home

When we return to indoor learning, classes for two-year-olds through high school will be taught by teams of adult parishioners from 10:20 to 10:55 AM most Sundays during the school year.

To register for children’s programs (for ages 2 – 5th grade), please complete this form.

If you have questions about our Children and Families Ministry, contact Director of Christian Formation Boykin Bell.

Faith-at-Home for Children and Families

Youth Saints

When we return to indoor worship, children 8 and older will be invited to serve as assistants in the Children’s Chapel Program. Please fill out the Youth Saints application.

Intergenerational Events

These events occur throughout the year and provide education and fellowship for all ages. Some of the most popular “intergenerationals” are the Advent Wreath making event held the first Sunday of the Advent season, the MLK Day of Service and the Blessing of the Halloween Costumes.

Serving the Church

Children and youth can serve the church in many ways, including singing in the choir, volunteering as a youth lector or acolyte, joining a group of Christmas carolers visiting the homebound, assisting in Children’s Chapel as a Youth Saint, or helping at the ABC Sale.