Children

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.

Sunday Morning Activities

Children’s formation is offered 9:15-10:15 a.m. See class details below.
 
Children’s Chapel is offered during the 10:30 AM service, and is designed especially for ages Pre-K – 2nd Grade. Children are invited to join the opening procession behind the Children’s Banner, and will rejoin “big church” at the passing of the Peace. Adults (not just parents) and EYC youth (one or two per Sunday) are also welcome to participate with our little ones as we receive the Word of God through song, story, reflection, and activities.
 
Our Nursery is operated by staff and vetted volunteers who care for newborns, infants, and children up to 3 years old during Sunday morning activities. The nursery is available Sundays 9:00 a.m. - 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

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. 3 years – Jr. K (children must turn 3 by June 1 and be potty trained)  The Atrium of the Good Shepherd is Room 215 in the Children’s Suite. 

TALES OF THE KINGDOM Kindergarten & 1st Grade

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 2nd & 3rd Grade

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.  Keys to the Kingdom is in the Children's Suite in Room 221.

CROSSINGS 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 toYouth 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.

 

Pre-YC

Pre-YC is a program designed to welcome and introduce younger youth to the Episcopal Youth Community (EYC). All youth in grades 4 and 5 are invited to come see what it's like to be part of this excellent program as we build community through fellowship and fun!  This group meets one Sunday afternoon a month during the school year.  Check the events calendar for more information.

 

Special Activities

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!

Child Safety

Safeguarding God’s Children is a curriculum that aims to keep kids safe at church. All clergy, lay staff, vestry members, and volunteers who work with children train regularly in the prevention of child sexual abuse. Anyone else who wants to be trained is welcome to do so, and to be a part of Holy Communion’s congregation-wide effort to protect our youngest disciples.

Contact our Children's Minister, Drew Massengale, for more information or to volunteer.