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CHILDREN

When trying to get through to his thick-headed disciples, Jesus often looked to children as models. Children possess an innate sense of wonder and awe, and they understand holiness better than most adults. At Transfiguration, we respect our kids and not only do we strive to serve their growing faith, but we also know they have much to teach adults, too.

At the heart of our formation ministries for children, we seek to introduce them to Jesus Christ through prayer, story, play, and service. We believe it is profoundly important that kids meet and experience God, not as some detached, old, cloud-dwelling grandfather, but as a living, loving, and very much engaged presence in their lives. God is not a subject to be studied, but someone with whom we have a life-changing, life-giving relationship.

For us, this happens in a variety of ways. It begins on Sunday mornings with worship. We offer an age-appropriate chapel service for kids ages four through third grade, to help kids experience Scripture, prayer, and worship in ways they understand and enjoy. We also offer a diverse array of classes on Sunday morning for kids so that each child has a nurturing environment in which to learn and grow.

Beyond Sundays, we offer special sessions during Lent and Advent, age-appropriate worship services in Holy Week, Easter, and Christmas, first informed communion classes to help kids better understand our sacramental life, and a week-long Vacation Bible School in the summer.

It is a privilege to share the Christian faith with kids, so all our efforts are rooted and grounded in love.

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Offered in our nursery for 2 & 3 year olds | Wee Wonder introduces young children to God through song, action rhymes, Bible stories and responsive play. Please note, registration is not required for this option. It is for children in nursery care during the formation hour.
Offered for 4 year olds – 5th grade | Montessori Style ClassroomGodly Play is a Montessori based curriculum written by The Rev. Jerome Berryman. Godly Play follows the pattern of Christian worship and our church seasonal calendar. Godly Play teaches children religious language through sacred stories, parables and liturgical action, as well as enhances their spiritual experience through wonder and responsive play.
Offered for 4 year olds – 3rd grade | Traditional Style Classroom – Living the Good News is a lectionary-based Christian education curriculum. This education program focuses on the same cycle of weekly readings used in our Sunday services. Living the Good News uses a variety of learning media, including music, art, language and movement, which appeal to the learning styles of all ages and types of students.
Offered for our 4th & 5th Graders | Traditional Style Classroom – Connect is a Bible-centered curriculum, with just enough humor to get our fourth and fifth graders hooked. Using videos, hands-on activities, and Bible exploration, Connect helps our students uncover major Biblical themes and discover how the Bible relates to their own lives.
Children’s Chapel is offered during both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. Eucharist for children age four years through second grade. This service is designed for those too old for nursery care, but too young to fully appreciate the full service. Children are invited to follow the wooden cross behind the main procession out the North Transept. During their time together, they gather to hear the Gospel, sing, say the Creed and share Prayers of the People, returning to the church at the Peace in time to rejoin their families for the Eucharist.
Professionally staffed childcare is provided for ages six weeks through five years at the Sunday 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services. Children under the age of three may remain in childcare during the education hour, if parents remain on campus. A staff of paid employees offers children and their parents the consistency and love they deserve. They quickly learn about each child and can care for them in the way they respond to best while their parents are in worship, class or meetings. Most importantly, children learn at an early age that church is a wonderful place where they can see their friends (old and young) and learn that God loves them.
Children’s Chapel

OTHER ACTIVITES

Our First Informed Communion Retreat is designed to help children and their parents connect more deeply with the act of sharing in the Eucharist by providing guided instruction about why we do what we do in worship. At the retreat, we tell the story of the Last Supper to help the children connect our sacred meal with Jesus. Clergy teach about the service, Altar Guild members guide children around the Sacristy, and volunteers help children create their own communion chalices. Participating children then celebrate their “first informed communion” the following weekend at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist, with a reception following in the Memorial Garden. Typically held in the fall, enrollment is open to all baptized children ages 6 and older for this special afternoon
Photo by John MakowskiChildren are always welcome in all worship services at Transfiguration, and they’re invited to lead in worship, as well. Children may become acolytes starting in third grade. We also offer worship opportunities during certain seasons of the church calendar that are specifically created for children to understand their traditions. During Holy Week, there is a workshop on Palm Sunday afternoon, detailing the events of Holy Week, and age-appropriate services for children on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.

Each year we have an annual Advent Festival near the start of the season of Advent, two early Christmas Eve liturgies featuring the children carrying in the pieces of the Crèche to build the nativity scene, and an Epiphany pageant that requires no advanced rehearsal or experience.

Photo by Colin Hills.

Each summer, we host Vacation Bible School for children ages PreK – 5th grade for the community. A theme is presented that invites children to learn more about the Christian faith. This week-long morning program is available to children age Pre-K (by Sept. 1) – 4th grade. It is an exciting program full of music, crafts, bible stories and hands-on learning opportunities. In 2017, VBS will be June 12-16. Check back for registration details in early spring.

IMPACT KIDS

All 4th & 5th graders are invited to participate in fellowship and outreach as an IMPACT KID. This is the group formally known as the Breakfast Club.

At Baptism we hear the words, ” You have put on the new life in Christ and are vested as a minister of The Gospel.” As an IMPACT KID our young people are given the opportunity to live into their baptismal covenant and be the Good News, ministers of the Gospel, within our church community and beyond, through fellowship and outreach.

Our IMPACT KIDS have already begun their ministry through addressing the issue of child hunger. You may have already seen their video on the monitors in the tower cloister. If not, you can check it out below. They are now putting their ideas into action and currently collecting change to make a change in child hunger. We ask that you join our IMPACT KIDS by donating your change. Look for the water jugs through out the church to donate your change and be on the look out for what they will be doing next.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2017 Vacation Bible School

June 12 @ 9:00 am - June 16 @ 12:00 pm

CONTACT US

Please contact Cindy Hauser, Director of Children’s Ministries, with any questions about children’s Ministries at Transfiguration.