This command was not only for the good of the children, but of the whole community of Jesus’ followers. We need children in the Body of Christ, otherwise the Body will not be whole. At Christ Church Cathedral, we are committed to welcoming children and their grown-ups, for their sake and for ours.
We offer loving support, meaningful worship, and thoughtful Christian education in the context of a flexible, open community, eager to make room for all kinds of families in all aspects of church life. For more information about our ministries with children and families, follow the links below or contact the [email protected]
Click here for a calendar of events particularly for children and youth.
Christ Church Cathedral Sunday School is held every Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist service.
The Sunday School is more than just a school, however. Lessons are put in the context of meaningful, age-appropriate worship that connects with the Cathedral’s liturgical traditions, the church seasons, and the lives of the children. The children pray together, sing together, and offer one another a sign of God’s peace, before returning upstairs to join the rest of the community in receiving communion.
The special Sunday School program in Summer 2014 was part of the Cathedral’s Weave a Net campaign to raise funds and awareness to fight malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa through the use of mosquito nets.
Children (and adults) need age-appropriate worship and education but children also need to learn that the whole church is their home, not only the Sunday School rooms, and the whole Body of Christ needs opportunities to worship together.
Children are always welcome to stay upstairs during services and our community is highly tolerant of kid noise. Children can sit with their caregivers or make use of the Children’s Chapel
The Children’s Chapel, a lovely little chapel space near the back of the Cathedral, is also available. Equipped with kid-sized furniture, story books, paper and crayons, and soft toys, children (supervised by their parents) are welcome to spend services playing quietly (or at least quiet-ish-ly) in a space that is very much their own. The chapel is well-used by children on regular Sundays before and after Sunday School, as well as during special services such as Easter.
Although church is important, the real work of spiritual development and Christian formation happens at home. The Cathedral offers regular opportunities for children and their grown-ups to learn, play, and worship together, as well as workshops and discussion groups for parents and guardians (with child care provided). Offerings vary but, over the course of the year, there will be creative, hands-on worship services; inter-generational activities, outings, and lots of fun! Click here to see a listing of events for families with children.