Children at CCBNY
Children are born deeply connected with God.
At Christ Church, children are invited to encounter the Holy and learn the language of faith through scripture, prayer, visual art, music and discussion in a loving community.
USUAL SUNDAY SCHEDULE
- 9:55 AM:
Godly Play (Pre-K - 1st Grade) children arrive in their classrooms.
Communion (2nd Grade) and Godly Dialogue (3rd - 6th Grade) children arrive in the Crispell Lounge.
- 10:35 AM: 2nd through 6th Graders enter the Church
- 10:50 AM: 3 year olds through First Graders enter Church for Holy Communion
On the fourth Sunday of every month, the children join in worship with their families and assist in leading worship by reading scripture, leading us in prayer, and serving as ushers.
Godly Play (Pre-K - 1st grade)
Two Classes - 3 & 4 year olds, and 5 & 6 year olds
Godly Play is a Montessori inspired way of sharing Bible stories and Christian tradition. Stories are told using simple wooden props in a way that allows the children to experience the stories deeply and prayerfully. Godly Play also helps the children learn the liturgical language of our faith.Children ages 3-7 years will meet at 9:55 am in the classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Kensington Building. They will hear the stories of the Bible and our Christian traditions. Through wondering questions, openness, discovery and art, children will have the opportunity to connect the stories with their personal experience, and become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. Godly Play children enter the church during the Fraction Anthem for Communion.
This year, Godly Play students will rehearse with music staff on a Sunday morning during the Church School. Every young child will get the opportunity to make their voice heard and to begin to learn the joy of music, singing, and of course, most importantly, dressing up in pretty cassocks and surplices!
Communion (2nd grade)
Second Graders spend the entire year studying Holy Eucharist. They learn about all the parts of the service and what they mean, with a particular focus on the real presence of Christ that we encounter in the consecrated elements of bread and wine. After meeting in the Crispell Lounge, the 2nd Graders move to the Chapel of the Guardian Angels, their special classroom for the year. The second graders enter the church during the Presentation Hymn and will often be seated in the choir stalls.
Godly Dialogue (3rd grade - 6th grade)
Two Classes - 3rd & 4th Grades, 5th & 6th Grades
Building on the philosophy of Godly Play, Godly Dialogue encourages our older children to engage the stories of our Faith in a different way through conversation and interaction with their dedicated group of teachers. It is in that forum that our children will learn the tradition of our faith and become steeped in the liturgical language and rituals of the Episcopal Church. Following their lesson from the new Episcopal curriculum “Weaving God’s Promises”, children will join their parents in the church during the Presentation Hymn.
Our Nursery, located on the first floor of the Child Center, is staffed by two loving and caring professionals, including a teacher from Eliza Corwin Frost. The Nursery is open from 9:45 AM until Noon each Sunday. Parents are also welcomed and encouraged to serve as extra volunteers.