Holy Communion strives to provide purposeful, meaningful Christian formation that gives children the opportunity to grow in the knowledge and love of God by exploring tradition, liturgy, and scripture.
Our newly-renovated Children’s Suite is open and ready for you to visit!
Sunday morning children’s formation is offered 9:15-10:15AM, August-May. See class details below.
Children’s Chapel, offered during the 10:30 AM service, is designed especially for ages Pre-K – 2nd Grade. Children are invited to join the opening procession behind the Children’s Banner, and we rejoin “big church” at the passing of the Peace. Adults (not just parents) and EYC youth (one or two per Sunday, please) are also welcome to participate with our little ones as we receive the Word of God through song, story, reflection, and activities.
Our Baptismal covenant calls us to support our children in the Christian faith and life (BCP 302). Are you looking for an opportunity to help? Contact Drew Massengale, Minister to Children, to find out how you can participate in our children’s formation offerings. No education experience necessary!
Operated by staff and vetted volunteers, our nursery cares for newborns, infants, and children up to 3 years old during Sunday morning activities. Available Sundays 9AM-Noon and for special events as announced.
The Nursery is in Room 213 of the Children’s Suite.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
3 years – Jr. K (children must turn 3 by June 1 and be potty trained)
This widely-acclaimed method for spiritual formation and religious education is based on curricula developed by Sophia Cavalletti and Dr. Maria Montessori. Children gather in a contemplative environment with age-appropriate materials to facilitate prayer, learn about Jesus and the stories of the Bible, and develop the ability to “be still” and open their hearts to God.
The Atrium of the Good Shepherd is Room 215 in the Children’s Suite.
Tales of the Kingdom & Keys to the Kingdom
Kindergarten & 1st Grade (Tales), 2nd & 3rd Grade (Keys)
After an altar greeting, lessons in these classes are presented in Montessori style with hands-on materials. Presentations include Bible tales, parables, geography of the Holy Land, the history of the Bible, and origins of Episcopalian liturgy and worship. After the lesson, children have time to respond to what they have learned through art, manipulatives, and journaling as they choose. Parents and children who have participated in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Godly Play, Young Children in Worship, Weaving God’s Plan and/or the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum will find these classes to be familiar in setting, presentation, and information.
Tales of the Kingdom is in Room 220 of the Children’s Suite; Keys to the Kingdom is next door in Room 221.
4th & 5th Grade
As 9-11 year-olds begin to contemplate times of transition in their young lives, this formation class is designed to prepare them to “cross over” from our Children’s Suite to youth group classes and activities. Emphasis is placed on the covenants God has made with humanity, and lesson time is combined with open discussion in which students are empowered and encouraged to speak bravely.
Crossings is in Room 223 of the Children’s Suite.
In addition to the Crossings class, our 4th- and 5th-graders are invited to participate in activities hosted by the Holy Communion EYC throughout the year. These activities are typically held one Sunday afternoon/evening a month and may include dinner, relaxed recreational activities, and/or minor service projects. Contact Carter Webster, Minister to Youth for details or to get involved!
Special events throughout the year include St. Nicholas Night, Christmas Eve Pageant, Easter Egg Hunt, and kids’ activities during our annual Book It 5K (late summer). Call 901-767-6987 for details on upcoming events!