Children and Youth
Children (Birth-6th grade)
Children are an important part of our life together at Church of the Cross. They are checked in electronically in the foyer before the service, and we prioritize their presence in worship. We pray for them each week—that they might never know a day apart from Jesus.
While children are always welcome to remain with their parents for the entire service, we do provide a full children’s ministry. Children begin the service with their families and then come together for a time of teaching: either a Bible story or catechesis (basic instruction on the Christian life). We use the God's Big Story curriculum that has been developed by an Anglican church in Canada and adapted for our context. During this time, our children also sing, pray, and work on a craft. Children of all ages rejoin their families for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. (Nursery, for children three years old and younger, is available from the beginning of the service; however, children are welcome to remain with their parents for any amount of our services.)
Our children’s ministry volunteers have undergone a thorough screening process that includes an application, reference checks, training, and a basic attendance requirement. We take great care with our children to ensure that they are handed off directly from families to children’s ministry leaders.
Youth (7th-12th grade)
Our youth ministry meets every other Sunday (9-10am) for a teaching on the Bible or catechesis with one of our pastors and/or youth leaders. They also gather once every 4-6 weeks for social events with volunteer leaders. We also provide youth the opportunity to have a mentor from within our congregation.
We do encourage youth to stay in the worship service with their parents. The liturgy, our order of worship, is a powerful teacher for all of us, especially for our children and youth. It’s not long before they are reciting some of the prayers we routinely pray, and we believe their continual exposure to Scripture reading, hymns and songs, prayers, and preaching—all the while surrounded by adults who are worshiping God sincerely—is powerful for their growth in Christ.
For more information for families, visit our Families page.