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Children’s Formation

Children’s Formation in the Time of Covid-19

We are following the guidelines of our county, state and the Diocese of North Carolina to protect members of our community. Daily videos and reflections to encourage faith-at-home and keep families connected are posted at www.cotcchildandfam.org. Fall programming consists of outdoor Children’s Chapel, at-home lessons, seasonal supplies and videos.

Christmas Pageant

This year’s Christmas pageant will be held in the outdoor UNC Forest Theatre on Thursday, December 23 (not Christmas Eve!) at 3:00 PM.  Our middle and high school Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) will tell the story of Christ’s birth but we’ll need all the children to help create the “silent night” sky (stars will be provided) or join the cast when prompted as animals, little angels, shepherds or kings.   (Costumes should be created as home.  Make sure they’re warm!)  The pageant will include lots of carols and conclude with Holy Communion.  The Forest Theatre is just a short walk from the church (at 123 S. Boundary St.) but if you want to branch out from your usual Sunday parking spots, there are metered spots on Country Club Rd. (by Playmakers Theatre), South Rd, Raleigh Road and the Raleigh Road parking lot next to the Friends Meeting House. Masks are required, even for those vaccinated and boostered!

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 in the Parish Hall at 9:00 AM. Masks are required of all participants, even the fully vaccinated. 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.

Vacation Church Camp

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.  Our 2021 Earth and All Stars curriculum has also been adapted for home use.

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.