Children’s Ministry at the Cathedral is centered on the belief that children are a vital part of the church.
We believe that each child should feel known and loved and that God’s love is revealed through the relationships we experience in our faith community.
December Children’s MInistry highlights
Sunday, December 2 | Messy Church Sunday!
During the 10:15 am service, children will gather to welcome the start of a new church year in Advent. This year’s Messy Church theme explores the church year through storytelling, music, crafts, and food. C’mon and get messy!
Sunday, December 2 | Family Advent Wreaths
Following the 10:15 am service, families are invited to the garden to make a live Advent wreath to use throughout Advent. There will also be family resources for ways to observe Advent at home. We have a limited number of wreaths, so please email Hillary Peete to reserve yours. Suggested donation of $8/wreath.
Sunday, December 16 | Christmas Pageant
During the 10:15 am service, the children, youth and adults will perform the Liturgy of the Word by telling the story of the birth of Christ. Children of all ages are invited to participate by dressing up in a costume or joining the Pageant Choir. Contact Hillary Peete to join us!
Monday, December 24 | Christmas Eve, 5:00 pm and 10:30 pm
The family friendly service at 5:00 pm will be lively with the Cathedral Brass and Choir. There will be special worship activity bags for children to use during the service. Nursery care is available for babies-age 4 during the 5:00 pm service.
Stay in touch! Let Hillary Peete, Children’s Minster, know you’d like to receive the Monthly Children’s Ministry Newsletter.
Children’s Chapel | Sundays at 10:15 am
Children’s Chapel (ages 4-7) offers a child-centered worship space on Sunday mornings during the 10:15 am service. We use the Whirl Lectionary curriculum. We love Whirl because it reinforces the church year and liturgical seasons, uses animated videos that encourage kids to see real-life connections with the Bible story, and provides families with a take-home leaflet with opportunities to put faith in action. Children’s Chapel is lively and engaging while teaching children about the building blocks of Episcopal worship: hearing God’s word in scripture, wondering how God is calling us to act in the world, and offering prayers to God.
Children are invited to join us in Children’s Chapel at 10:00 am for a welcoming activity and play until Chapel starts at 10:15. Children will rejoin adults in the church following the offering so that they can participate in Eucharist.
For children ages 8-11 we also offer Middler Chapel, which is led by our Youth Minister, Alicia Schmid, and also uses the Whirl Curriculum.
Children’s Eucharist | 2nd Sundays
Children’s Eucharist takes place every 2nd Sunday in the Children's Chapel, Children are invited to participate in this integral heart of the Episcopal liturgy and life. They remain in Children's Chapel for the entirety of the 10:15 service and join their families at coffee hour.
From 10:15-11:00, children participate in the regular rhythm of Children’s Chapel and at 11:00, Middlers join us for Eucharist led by Father Earl Beshears. Father Beshears intentionally uses the same Rite II language from big church so that children become familiar and comfortable with the liturgy. Children are offered opportunities to serve as acolytes and assist in serving the bread and wine.
Parents are always welcome to stay and participate in Children’s Eucharist.
Messy Church | 2nd Thursdays
Messy Church is an intergenerational family gathering involving worship, crafts, music, and storytelling. The fun starts at 5:45 pm with a shared supper and wraps up at 7:30 pm. Messy Church is on the second Thursday of the month (January 10, February 14, March 14 and April 11). This year we will move through the seasons of the church year, exploring stories that help us see with God’s eyes. Don’t miss a minute of Messy Church. C’mon, let’s get messy!
December has a special Messy Church on Sunday, December 2 during the 10:15 am service. We’ll kick-off Advent with storytelling, crafts, and games!
If you are interested in volunteering with Messy Church, please contact Betsy Adams. It is really helpful if we know how many kids and families to expect so that we can prepare dinner and craft supplies. Please RSVP by the prior Monday to Hillary Peete. Everyone is welcome to join us!
Children’s Ministry social | First sundays
On the first Sunday of the month, families are invited to join us in the garden following the 10:15 am service. Building relationships and community at church is an important part of faith development for kids and adults alike. We host Children’s Ministry Socials to give everyone an informal time to gather. This is an opportunity for regular Cathedral families as well as newcomers to connect and for kids to play. We always provide games and dependable crowd pleasers like bubbles and sidewalk chalk! Please come by for as little or as long as you can, catch up with an old friend and introduce yourself to someone new.
On Sunday, December 2 families are invited to make a live Advent wreath in the garden and/or bake Christmas cookies with the youth.