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Children’s Formation

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 held at 9:00 AM (10:00 AM during the summer months). Adults are welcome to worship with us or sign children in with a member of our Sunday morning childcare staff. Parents and guardians who leave children in our care during Children’s Chapel are invited to pick those young ones up to join the church congregation for Holy Communion.


When the world changed in 2020, we started posting faith-at-home videos and virtual Children’s Chapel services to cotcchildandfam.org. More than 400 videos are archived there, with the “Top Ten” easy to find on the Home page. We continue to update the site.

Vacation Church Camp

Vacation Church Camp 2024 will be held June 24-28, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. We’ll be learning about “All Creatures Great and Small” through Bible stories, Godly Play, science, art, skits, songs and games.

Our 2020 summer camp curriculum, From the Mountains to the Sea, can be used at home any time! It 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.

Our Lenten Hikes

During Lent 2022 and 2023, we wondered at God’s creation on Sunday afternoons.

Hikers contemplate God’s Creation and enjoy conversation.

Christmas Pageant

The 2023 Christmas pageant (Saturday, December 23 at 3:00 PM) will be held in the Parish Hall.  Our middle and high school Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) will tell the story of Christ’s birth with the help of little animals, angels, shepherds, kings and a bright, starry sky. Young children are invited to wear costumes from home or borrow simple accessories from the church. Do arrive early if you plan to “dress” for the service with borrowed accoutrements. The pageant will begin promptly at 3:00.

Church School

Classes for two-year-olds through middle school are taught by teams of adult parishioners from 10:15 to 11:00 AM on most Sundays during the school year. If you are interested in the teaching ministry, contact Boykin Bell at bbell@thechapelofthecross.org or 919-422-2565.

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

Youth Saints

Children 10 and older are eligible to serve as assistants in the Children’s Chapel service. 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.

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