Sunday School & Family Discipleship
During the baptism of an infant or child, the congregation vows to “do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ” (2019 Book of Common Prayer, p. 165). At Christ’s Church we uphold this vow by providing weekly classroom discipleship education for children (Sunday School) or welcoming families to worship together throughout the service.
Sunday School is available for children between the ages of 3 and 11-years-old during the 10:45am service. The Sunday School program includes a lesson from one of the readings in the Sunday lectionary, music, memory verses, prayers, and much more. Families are also welcome to worship together through the entire service.
Whether children attend Sunday School or remain in the service, we recognize that parents are the primary disciple-makers of their children. To help families disciple their children during the week we offer training in leading the family in prayer and reading the scriptures and we partner families with mentors who can support and encourage parents as they raise their children in the faith. While raising children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4) is difficult work, it is work that God has equipped us to do through his Word and the Body of Christ.
Christ’s Church considers the religious education and formation of children a central priority. With the support of the parish and a team of volunteer teachers, we offer weekly discipleship education for children between the ages of 3 and 11. Sunday School classes meet from 10:45 to 12:00 on Sunday mornings from September through May. Children who attend Sunday School are dropped off at the classroom before the 10:45am service begins.
Our Sunday School uses an age-appropriate curriculum, following the Sunday lectionary through Bible stories, videos, music and activities. Children will be dismissed to join their parents and participate in the Eucharist (also called Communion or the Lord’s Supper). At Christ’s Church, all baptized Christians are welcome to partake of the Eucharist.
Participation in Worship
We believe that participation in worship is central to the development of a young person's faith, just as it is for adults. Worship is where children first hear and become familiar with the Scriptures, prayers, and music that shape our beliefs. We encourage families to bring children of all ages to worship as often as possible and invite children and their families to become involved with leading worship as they grow. Young people learn to serve in various roles at the 10:45 service, including:
Greeters and Assisting Ushers: Children and youth of all ages may sign up on the Sunday School registration form to help welcome congregants, take up the offering, and direct worshippers to communion.
Acolytes, Crucifers, Gospelers, Lectors, and Thurifers: Beginning in fourth grade, students will learn about these roles in Sunday School and may sign up to serve in them. Acolytes join the processional and recessional by holding candles as we sing to the Lord. Lectors read the Scriptures to the People during the service. Thurifers lead the processional and recessional by swinging the thurible, which is filled with coals and incense to represent the prayers of the Church ascending to God. Crucifers carry the cross in the processional and recessional while Gospelers carry the Gospel Book.
Youth Choir: Sign up at the classroom if you are interested in Sunday School Choir.
Our children’s primary faith development takes place within the context of the home. To support families in the Christian formation of their children, Christ’s Church offers training in family discipleship and opportunities for worship, fellowship, and service, including:
Mentors who meet with parents to equip, encourage, and keep parents accountable for their God-given calling to raise their children in the faith.
Training in leading the family to worship God through Morning and Evening Prayer.
Prayer Walks through the city of Yucaipa where children and parents can pray together for our city.
On the 5th Sunday of the month everyone worships together in lieu of regularly scheduled Sunday School classes and provides a celebratory lesson and activity for families to complete together.
Family nights throughout the year provide fellowship opportunities for parishioners of all ages.
An inter-generational evening program during the season of Lent includes soup supper and lesson series.
Is there anything you were wondering that wasn't addressed here? Give us a call at (909) 255-1463.