Children & Youth Education
Welcome to Christ Church Detroit’s Sunday School!
Worship Center (PreK – Grade 5)
Worship Center (ages 3 and up) is geared towards young children and is based on the order of our church worship: Assemble in God’s Name, Proclaim God’s Word, Give Thanks, and Go in God’s Name. Children may participate by re-telling the story to others, working with story props, and creating artwork based on the week’s lesson. Worship Center opens at 9:30am and continues through the first part of the 10:30am service. At the time of Communion, the children join their families in the church service.
After three days they found the child Jesus in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)
Journey to Adulthood (Grades 6 – 12) is a program of spiritual formation for young people that includes three distinct parts:
Rite 13 for Grades 6 to 8: Rite 13 begins the journey for students from childhood to adulthood. An important facet of this segment includes the Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood, a ceremony that has been compared to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Rite 13 goals include building relationships within the group, helping students understand God’s calling in their lives, and learning how we all, as church members, support each other through this journey.
J2A for Grades 8 to 10: The J2A segment for which the program is named is the foundation of the Journey to Adulthood program. This segment focuses on the many skills needed in adulthood. Throughout the program, the young adults study scripture and prayer, and continue to build community within the group. The culmination of their learning together is to plan for and go on a spiritual journey. Some past pilgrimages have taken our young adults to Greece, Spain, Italy, England, Scotland and Ireland, and other lands previously traversed by saints of our church.
YAC for Grades 11 to 12: During this final phase, Young Adults in the Church, the class is encouraged to take more responsibility. They are challenged to become good stewards, and to participate in a church or community ministry, before we send them off to graduate and to be representatives of Christ in the wider world.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s name, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
All Sunday School students are invited to assist throughout the year in Sunday worship as participants in our excellent Acolyte Program, which contributes beauty to our liturgy and gives the participants the opportunity for direct involvement in the rituals of worship. Young people serve our congregation as Crucifer, Gospel Server, Torch Bearer, Ribbon Bearer, and Children’s Bell Ringer.
The newly refurbished Children’s Bell is a unique opportunity not only to engage all children of the parish, but more importantly to give them a tangible connection to the generations of Sunday Schoolers who have preceded them, and serve as a reminder of the importance children have in the ongoing life of our parish.
And all your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of your children. (Isaiah 54:13)
A “Family Service” is when our young people “take over” and serve in every capacity during the liturgy. They greet parishioners as they enter the church, read the Scriptures and Prayers of the People, usher for the Offertory and Communion, and bring up the gifts of bread, wine, tithes, and in-kind donations to social service agencies such as Crossroads. Family Services occur at the 10:30am service, approximately once a month during the school year.
Special Activities and Traditions: All are invited to join us!
Many other activities and gatherings supplement the regular class schedule. Hosted by the Sunday School, the entire parish is invited to participate in these events. They include the Blessing of the Animals, a Halloween party, the Christmas Pageant, a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, the making of palm crosses, the Easter lily procession, the Easter Egg Hunt, and picnics at the beginning and end of the school year. All of these special traditions strengthen and enrich the lives of not only our youngest members, but everyone at Christ Church.