At Church of the Holy Family, we are companions on the way with the children and young people of the parish. Young people are not the future of the church, but full members of the household of God now, and so Holy Family’s children share in most every aspect of our common life. There are a few spaces we set aside especially for them to grow together in love for God, one another, and the world.
Church School (3 years- 12th grade): September through May, Holy Family’s children and youth gather from 9—9:55am for Church School. Together students pray, sing, hear and respond to the stories of the faith. Elementary aged children meet in age-grouped classrooms in the Commons (located to the left of the foyer off of the Brandon Road parking lot). Jr. High and High School students meet in the Parish House. During this time, the parish nursery remains open for children 3 and under. Complete registration for Church School here.
Liturgy Explorers (4 and 5 year olds and those in Kindergarten): This class begins at 10am during the liturgy (September-May), and ends at the passing of the peace when parents pick up their children to fully participate in the Eucharist with the congregation. This class focuses on learning and practicing components of the liturgy, getting ready for worship, and corporate prayer. For the class, children meet in our corner classroom in the Christian Education Commons, gathering when Church School ends.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (1st-3rd grade, students through 5th grade welcome): Every 1st and 3rd Sunday (from September—May) during the 10am liturgy, elementary students gather for Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Together we learn to pray and discuss practices and matters of the Christian life. During most of the year we gather at the font during the Gloria and return to the nave in time to join the larger congregation for the Eucharist.
Children’s Choir (1st-6th grade): Our Children’s Choir meets during the programming year (September–April) and presents three-four offerings of music during the 10am liturgy.
Nave Baskets: Children are always welcome to remain in the liturgy with their families. You will find materials for reading, writing, art, and play in baskets on the wood shelving unit located at the back of the Nave. You will can also find lectionary-based children’s bulletins for children in two age ranges in the Narthex.
Acolyte Ministry (4th grade and up): Acolytes enter our program in their 4th grade year and are liturgical ministers trained help people worship God. Acolytes go through training with a member of the clergy and the Minister of Christian Education annually. All new acolytes serve as vested observers prior to their first scheduled week.
Raising children is a responsibility for the whole church community. Children are always welcome in our services, events, and meetings though we have nursery care available for all of our regular Sunday morning liturgies and those during Holy Week.
Baby Nursery (4 mos–20 mos or until children are strong walkers): September–May our baby nursery is open for children through 20 months. We also have space for nursing mothers and parents or guardians who desire a private place to feed or change children anytime you are on the church campus.
Toddler Nursery (20 mos–4 years): On Sundays during the year, the nursery is open from 7:45 until the 10am liturgy ends.
If you would like to request arrangements for care, for a parish event or service, in the Parish nursery outside of a Sunday morning or Holy Week liturgy, please fill out one of the following forms.
- For commissions or church groups requesting care for an event on church property, fill out this form.
- For parents requesting nursery care for a church event or liturgy outside of a Sunday morning or Holy Week services, fill out this form.
Programming for the Whole Family
Intergenerational Events: Because the church is made up of people from all ages, it is one of the only and truest intergenerational communities. We worship and learn together as companions. Several times a year, members of Holy Family gather together for formational faith experiences across age groups marking particular seasons and holy days with fun activities, fellowship, and opportunities to engage the disciplines of the church together.
Faith Formation at Home: During the year, look for parent workshops focusing on topics ranging from prayer, church year, preparing your family for worship, and selecting a Bible Storybook or translation for your children by age. Join us for these conversations about how the church’s life is supported by habits, practices, and traditions in the home.
Vacation Church School: Annually in June, we gather at Holy Family to share a week of meals, and to hear the stories of God’s faithfulness for all generations. For VCS, Holy Family uses an original curriculum that is created in-house for our students and parish context. This past June, we explored the stories of Jesus ministry and it’s relation to water and to our own baptism! In June 2018, we follow Jesus, the Bread of Life, through his teachings and ministry!
Lent Groups: During the Lenten season, children are invited to gather on Wednesday nights for seasonal lessons, art, and fellowship. In 2018, we will work with stories of creation and fall using Building Faith Brick by Brick, a way of exploring Biblical stories using Legos.
Want More Information?
Contact Holy Family’s Minister of Christian Education, The Reverend Angela Compton Nelson, for more information or to be added to Holy Family’s listserv. Check out our blog, On the Way, to see what is happening for families, youth, and children at Church of the Holy Family.