K-3rd Grade: Chapel and Godly Play

 Meets at 10 a.m. (Sept-May) or 9 a.m. (June-July)

 

Our kindergarten and early elementary school children gather in the Christ Church Chapel at the start of the main service. We finish up by joining the rest of the congregation for the Eucharist.

In Chapel, we encourage active participation as we introduce young children to the traditions of Episcopal worship. Torch bearer, Bible bearer, reader, prayer leader … each child plays an important role. We sing, learn to pray with movement, and listen to the Gospel lesson of the day.

Our children then listen to a storyteller, who leads the children in an imaginative version of a Bible story. Using the Godly Play curriculum, we use tangible figures and objects as a way of “acting out” the story. We encourage children to ask questions and to play with the figures. We then often engage the children in a hands-on activity designed to reinforce the story’s message. Previous activities include simple outreach projects, like decorating a “mitten line” which invites parishioners to donate mittens to children and adults in a local shelter.

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