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.
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 outdoors (10:00 AM through September 5, 2021; 10:15 AM beginning September 19) in the cloister courtyard. Masks are required of all participants, even the fully vaccinated. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Virtual Children’s Chapel services are posted each Sunday at 7:00 AM at cotcchildandfam.org. An archive of all Children’s Chapel services and faith-at-home videos dating back to March 2020 is available on the site.
At this time, registration for Children’s Chapel is not required. However, if you would like to pick up Faith-at-Home supplies, we ask that you sign up on the Faith-at-Home form below. When we return to indoor worship, please complete or update the Sunday morning child care information card.
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.
At this time (beginning September 19, 2021) Faith-at-Home activities and supplies will be available for pick-up at the Sunday Children’s Chapel service or any time during the week. To register for Faith-at-Home supplies, please sign up below.
If you have questions about our Children and Families Ministry, contact Director of Christian Formation Boykin Bell.
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.
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 and Jesse Tree 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.