Children’s Formation

Sunday School: Sunday School meets from mid-September through early June. We use the Episcopal Church’s Weaving God’s Promises, a comprehensive three-year children’s formation curriculum for children 5-9 years old. The Mission of Weaving God’s Promises

  1. To teach children how God’s promises of salvation are woven into our lives.
  2. To teach children the way of Christ, not only in the church but also in the world as Christ’s ambassadors.
  3. To give children a solid grounding for future youth and high-school formation programs, which prepares them for Christian adulthood.
  4. To foster the spiritual formation and growth of our children in Christ’s love and mercy and to teach the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Children in Worship: Children of all ages are welcome in worship. Special areas in the worship space provide parent-and-child-friendly seating. Activity packets are available for children who need to be busy with doing while listening.

Serving in Worship: Children and youth interested and ready serve as ushers, acolytes and readers in Sunday and Holy Day services.

Activities for the Seasons of the Church Year

Saint Francis Blessing of the Animals (First Sunday in October): Children bring their pets, favorite toy animals, and pictures of pets who prefer to stay home.

November’s Altar of Remembrance: Along with the rest of the community, children add pictures and mementos of loved ones (including pets) who have died to the Altar of Remembrance, creating a communal space of honor and remembrance and a witness to the promise of continuing life in Christ.

The Advent Jesse Tree: Each Sunday in Advent, before the 10:30 liturgy, children adorn the Jesse Tree with several of the symbols of the coming Christ, until on Christmas Eve, they complete the tree with the last symbol – the Nativity.

Greening of the Church (Fourth Sunday of Advent following the 10:30 service): All ages gather in the church entryway for coffee, tea, juice and snacks, and help adorn the church for our Christmas Celebrations.

Annual pre-Lent Mardi Gras (Tuesday before Ash Wednesday): With some adult assistance, children burn palms and grind the ashes for Ash Wednesday. All ages join in creating the communal art project of the Alleluia Scroll, buried in the garden to be unearthed at Easter and displayed in the church throughout Easter’s Fifty Days.

Alleluia Scroll and Great Easter Egg Hunt (Easter Day, following the 10:30 service): Children dig up the urn containing the scroll and then turn their attention to collecting the abundance of Easter eggs scattered all around the courtyard and its gardens.

Serving our Neighbors

Life Food Packs: Several times a year, during coffee hour, members of all ages form an assembly line to put together Life Food Packs for people who are hungry and homeless. These small bags contain a can of nutritious food, a juice box, energy bar and small necessities such as band-aids, along with a list of social service resources in Tacoma.

Gifts for Life through Episcopal Relief and Development: An annual parish-wide fund drive organized by Christ Church children to raise money to purchase animals such as a cow, goat, chickens, and bees for families living in poverty in struggling parts of the world. The animals provide their owners with a renewable source of food and income.

Family Housing Network: Twice a year Christ Church partners with Family Housing Network to provide a week of overnight shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Parish children, with their parents, host our guest children with evening activities such as movies and games.

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