Church School Programs

Registration for Church School at Christ Episcopal Church is Open Now!

What is the role of Church School in our busy lives today?

At Christ Episcopal Church, we recognize that children have innate experiences of God – and Church School offers children and youth room to share, make sense of, question, and explore those experiences, as well as their own identities in Christ.

Church School is a space where young people can build community with peers, where they are seen and loved as their whole selves, and where the great Mysteries of our faith are cracked open for our collective wonder. To commit time to these questions and this type of community is countercultural.

Through the use of Godly Play (PreK-Grade 3) and the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum (Grade 4-Grade 8), we offer developmentally appropriate programs where children’s natural curiosity leads the way.

Whether you’ve been attending Christ Church for years, are church shopping, or just visiting the area, your children are always welcome to join us in Church School and/or Worship. Each of our Worship spaces are equipped with enrichment materials for children and we embrace the joyful noise that may accompany worship with our youngest participants.

Learn more about our programs at the links below or just get in touch!

2023-24 Church School Calendar

Church School begins on Sunday September 17, 2023 at 9;45 AM. Following their programs, children will rejoin their families in worship for a special Backpack Blessing, with games and ice cream after worship.

Godly Play, our program for PreK through Grade 3 children, meets weekly in the Chapel, while Grades 4-8 meet on alternating weeks with opportunities for leadership with various ministries, such as being an usher, acolyte, lector, or singing with the choristers or choir.

Registration

We welcome new students at any time during the school year! If you’d like to learn more or check on our current schedule, contact Bird Treacy, the Children’s Programming Coordinator. Christ Church members can register online via Realm. New to CCN or not on Realm? Email Bird or contact the Church Office to connect with our programs.

Stay up to date with our calendar via Remind. Families with children in Godly Play (PreK-3)  should join our Godly Play Remind group, while upper elementary and middle school families (Grades 4-8) can keep in touch via our Episcopal Children’s Curriculum group.

Safe Church Policy

God’s house is to be a place of safety for all people. Here is Christ Church’s Safe Church Policy.

Children’s Programming Coordinator: Bird Treacy

Bird Treacy is a Godly Play trainer, church programming consultant, and writer originally from Staten Island, NY. Raised in the ELCA, she is the third generation in a line of Sunday School and children’s programming leaders and began serving in children’s ministry in her early teens.

Over the last decade, Bird has taught Godly Play in large churches like St. Bartholomew’s Atlanta and Trinity Church Wall Street, as well as in smaller communities like St. Paul’s Holyoke. More recently, Bird has participated in the Godly Play Foundation’s Equity Audit process, led children’s programming at the Wild Goose Festival, and directed the children’s program at St. John the Evangelist, Hingham on Boston’s South Shore. Bird is the writer behind the weekly newsletter Wiggles & Wonder, and her writing also appears on BuildFaith and Grow Christians. She lives in Worcester with her wife Caelan Tree, a veterinary student at Tufts, and their four cats.

e-mail Bird