Children's education and formation
Our teachers and volunteers are trained in child safety according to the standards of the Episcopal Church's Safeguarding God's Children program.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings, nursery care is available downstairs (below the Parish Hall) for children ages 4 and younger. The nursery is usually open for other church events and worship services, as well.
During the school year, children ages 5 – 11 are invited to a short lesson in the downstairs classroom during the reading portion of the 10:15 a.m. service. Our volunteer teachers (many of whom are parents themselves) use a combination of Godly Play lessons and the Weaving God's Promises for Children curriculum. In order to ensure that whole families are better equipped to participate fully in the life of the church together, which we have adapted these lessons to match the appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary so that the children engage with the same biblical stories as their parents during any given week.
Our older youth (12 and up) meet the last Sunday of every month from 4 – 6:30 p.m. to volunteer at Red Door's Community Supper, to break bread with one another, and to participate in a short Bible study together. These lessons tend to focus on what it means to be a valued and integral part of the life of our worshiping community. Older youth who want to commit themselves to "the work of the people" in a more specialized way may also participate in our acolyte program.
Because here at CEC we believe that all our youngsters have an invaluable role to play in the life of the congregation, the church has set aside the first Sunday of every month as a designated "Children's Sunday." On these days, children play a more up-front roll in the liturgy, a children's sermon is given in place of the usual homily, and adults in the congregation are invited to rethink what it means to approach the Kingdom of God "like a child" (Matt. 18:3).