Everyday, a child grows. Some days are celebrated with milestones, others are days we simply survive. As a community of faith – offering the opportunity for children to learn about God in a loving environment is important. Through this learning environment, relationships with other children and teachers grow, thus creating a strong community for beautiful growth.
It’s not just the Children either – honoring, encouraging and celebrating our parent community is equally important. Parent Group meets regularly through the program year. During the time together, parents check in, listen to one another’s highs and lows of the week behind and ahead and offer a loving prayer to help continue with this incredible gift we have been given of raising children in a faithful environment.
Professional nursery care is available for children birth to 3 years old. These individuals are dedicated each week to the loving nurturing care of our youngest parishioners. A paging system is available.
3 years through 5th grade Sunday school begins at 9:45 am in St. Dunstan’s Chapel. This is Gathering Time, bringing the children together for music, praise, prayer and community. After Gathering Time, the children move on to the Sunday school classrooms and join their families in church during the Peace.
Children 3 years through 3rd grade
Children 3 years through 3rd grade are taught using Godly Play TM, this curriculum respects the Montessori method to teach the stories of the Bible through storytelling, ritual, and hands-on activities. The classroom is set up as a sacred space. The key to this approach is a worship context for telling and working with Biblical stories, instead of a school environment. Through storytelling using powerful language, through our wondering, through the community of players gathered together, we hear the deepest invitation of all: an invitation to come play with God. This approach was developed and classroom tested for over 25 years by Dr. Jerome Berryman, teacher, author and Episcopal priest. It is currently being used in churches of many denominations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Godly Play offers a creative, child-honoring way of entering into and experiencing the biblical story. To learn more visit: www.GodlyPlay.org
Children in 4th-5th grade
Children in 4th-5th grade explore the Bible using the Connect curriculum. Connect takes tweens on a journey through the Old Testament and into the New Testament, exploring the connections between several stories each week. Children are given their very own Connect NRSV Bible to take home and bring each week to class. This Bible is one that we hope your child will highlight, write in, bring to Sunday School, dog-ear the corners of their favorite passages and take to camp. In other words, we hope that your child grows with this Bible during their formative tween and teen years.
We have a wonderful collection of very talented Sunday school teachers. Teachers are volunteers from our parish that feel called to this ministry. Teachers teach in teams of two and are background checked. All teachers complete the course “Safeguarding God’s Children” provided by our Diocese.
Twice yearly, the children and youth present a Children’s Play about a story of the Bible to the congregation during a worship service. Through the Children’s Play, the participants get a chance to exercise their ministry muscle by leading us in worship with potential to encounter a truly transformational experience. In the end, the children walk away from this experience intimately knowing a Bible story, which becomes THEIR story. When watching the drama we are all carried directly to heaven with the children’s story and singing.
Summer Sunday School
In the summer months children preschool through 5th grade meet in room 201-202 at 10 am to explore Bible stories with fun interactive videos. We really kick back and relax here! Casual is key! After class children reunite with their parents in church at the Peace. This is a very relaxed time to gather; other activities are available for this child to choose, such as calm coloring on a community project or talking to other kids about summer fun. This time is supported by parents who volunteer an hour or two each summer.
All are welcome to Sunday school at Christ Church Cranbrook. If you have a child that would benefit from individualized care while attending Sunday school we have compassionate individuals to support them. Please contact Kate Bell for more information.
Children's Library Cart
The Children’s Library Cart will be available during Coffee Hour to borrow Christian books and media. This cart has wonderful selections to help nurture the spiritual life of your children.
Kid's Bible Study
In the winter months we offer a fun and engaging children’s Bible study on Sunday afternoons. We have share dinner together, games, Bible exploration and fellowship.
Family Gathering Times
Sprinkled throughout the program year, families are invited to come together and PLAY and fill the time together with laughter, exploration and community building.
Vacation Bible School
Imagine a week of mornings filled with exploring God’s love through amazing, creative and energetic ways! Stay tuned for registration opening for Summer 2018.
Youths participate in service projects throughout the year with our Mission Partner, Focus: HOPE in Detroit. They also serve as crew leaders each summer at Vacation Bible School and can work anytime in Christ Church Cranbrook’s Community Garden. Specific Outreach opportunities for youth will becoming soon.
Seventh graders and older can serve in the Acolyte Program. Sixth graders can join this ministry in the spring. Acolytes are required to be at church a half-hour before the service starts. There are four Sunday mini-retreats (11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) throughout the year and a picnic at the end of the year.
Confirmation is available for youths who will be 15 years old or older and want to make an adult affirmation of faith. This year’s Confirmation will be Sunday, April 17, 2016.