Children and Youth
Children (Birth-5th grade)
Children are an important part of our life together at Church of the Cross. We prioritize their presence in worship, and 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 at our morning service. In the morning service, 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 Godly Play for preschool and we use a biblical engagement curriculum for elementary-aged children 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 (6th-12th grade)
Our youth ministry meets for five teaching weekends a year, every other Sunday (9:00am-10:00am) for a teaching on the Bible or catechesis, and social events every 4-6 weeks. Chris Dodds, our Curate, leads this ministry and he is assisted by a great team of volunteer leaders. We also provide mentors for our youth.
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.