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"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it." ~ Proverbs 22:6

Welcome to Christchurch!  We see ministry to children as essential. Our desire is to partner with you, and encourage your children, so they have the greatest opportunity to become growing followers of Jesus Christ. We are here to serve you and your family. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.

Come join us!

Cindy McLaughlin Children's Ministries
334-387-0566 extension 210

Church Service: 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. / Nursery for ages up to 4 years old     
Children's Church for Kindergarten - 3rd Grade      
Junior Worship for 4th - 6th Grade 
Fellowship Time: 10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Christian Education: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.


Bundles of Joy

Christchurch is growing and that includes lots of new babies! Our "Bundles of Joy" ministry members take great joy in welcoming them and celebrating their arrival!


When a baby is born, a "Welcome" sign is placed in the family's yard and our "Bundles of Joy" members go into action doing fun and helpful things for the family.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a faith formation experience for children ages 3-12.  Based on the premise that God and the child share a relationship, the curriculum is designed to develop the religious potential of every child and produces in the child the desire to draw nearer to God.

The work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is done in an Atrium.  The Atrium is an environment created so that children can develop a living, personal, relationship with God.  It is a place where Jesus Christ is encountered by reading and reflecting on the Bible, through prayer and singing and by exploring the liturgy of the word.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was developed over 50 years ago in Rome, Italy by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew scholar and theologian, and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator.  Today, this Montessori Method of Christian formation exists in over 22 countries worldwide.

  • Ages 3 1/2-5: Level I - "I am the Good Shepherd. I call my sheep by name. They hear my voice and follow me." It is here that we want the child to simply "fall in love with Jesus, the Good Shepherd." Presentations include historical events of the life of Jesus, his preaching about the Kingdom of God and the proclamations about Christ as the Light and the Good Shepherd.
  • Kindergarden-3rd grade: Level II - "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing." Once children enter first grade, they are ready to deepen their relationship with God, family, friends and a larger community. They will explore moral parables and maxims of Jesus, develop a deeper understanding of the Bible and look closely at the structure of the Eucharist.

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Children's Church (grades K-3)

Children follow the acolyte to their worship areas during the processional hymn. Age appropriate methods are used to teach children about the Bible, worship, prayer and the liturgy. Children return to the service to share the Eucharist with their family.

Children's Church is for children K - 3rd Grade and meets in the Chi Rho House "Sheep Fold".

Junior Worship (grades 4-6)

Children follow the acolyte to their worship areas during the processional hymn. Age appropriate methods are used to teach children about the Bible, worship, prayer and the liturgy. Children return to the service to share the Eucharist with their family.


Junior Worship is for grades 4 through 6 and meets in the main building upstairs in the Youth Worship area.


At Christchurch, it is our purpose to share the love of Christ with your child in a safe, loving, fun and comfortable environment. To accomplish this, our workers will walk, rock, read and play with the children to insure that they are content.


We have paid childcare providers. All employees are carefully screened and trained. Background checks are done through the Department of Human Resources and our providers are CPR and first-aid trained. Staff training and written procedures ensure that our childcare facilities are safe and sanitary.


We believe your child is a special gift from God, so we want to provide the best love and care possible.


Childcare facilities will be open 30 minutes prior to regular church services.


In order for the care givers to be aware of each child's specific needs, parents need to complete an information card and then update the information on the card periodically.


Bring diapers, pacifiers, bottles and a change of clothes for your child. Label all items with your child's name.


In ...... The Childcare Ministry's number paging system prevents anyone other than the parent from picking up a child. As you sign in your child, you will receive a numbered pager.


Out ... To pick your child up, simply return the numbered pager and sign your child out. A child will only be given to a parent with the pager. Children may not be picked up by siblings.


  • We ask that neither parents or siblings enter the Childcare Center rooms as it upsets the children.
  • Parents should report any allergies to the child's teacher.
  • Children who are sick, have had a fever within the last 24 hours, have colored mucus from the nose, are coughing, vomiting, have skin rash, etc., will not be allowed in the Childcare Center.
  • If your child develops a fever or other symptoms, we will page you so that you can take your child home.
  • No medications will be given to any child in the Childcare Center.
  • Please refrain from giving your child gum or candy before coming to class. It can be dangerous and messy.
  • The Childcare Center bedding is changed after each use. Beds and toys are wiped down with a sterilized solution after each session.
  • The childcare providers sterilize and wipe down changing tables after each change. Plastic gloves are used during a diaper change and hands washed thoroughly afterward.
  • If your child's class moves out of their assigned room, a note will be posted on the door letting you know of your child's new location


T Harris nursery

Mrs. Tara Harris
Director of Child Care

Nursery Staff


For the safety of your child, the childcare providers cannot be responsible for special instructions unless they are in writing and hand delivered to the Director of Childcare.

Christmas Pageant

Each year on Christmas Eve Christchurch has its traditional Christmas Pageant. Children and Youth are invited to participate in our program during the Christmas Eve Service.

Christmas Pageant


Elementary Sunday School

Christian Education: To develop a thorough understanding of, and a relationship with, God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit based on Scripture.

2 year olds and young 3’s wlll be in the nursery area during the Sunday School hour. The curriculum  "Jesus Loves Me"  is taught. Children learn about God and His creation of the earth. Children will also be introduced to Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

3 1/2 through Kindergarten will have Sunday School in the Chi Rho House next to the church. In the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in the Level I atrium (classroom) we want the child to simply  "... fall in love with Jesus, the Good Shepherd."  Lessons include historical presentations of the life of Jesus, His preaching on the Kingdom of God, the proclamations about Christ as the Light of the World and the Good Shepherd.

1st - 3rd Grades will meet on the second floor of the church. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level II:  Beginning in the first grade, children are ready to deepen their relationships with God, family, friends, and a larger community. Children will explore moral parables and maxims of Jesus, develop an understanding of the Bible, and look closely at the structure of the Eucharist.

4th - 6th Grades will meet in Cottage I, the building next to the Chi Rho House and playground. The Explore the Bible curriculum will challenge and inspire the kids to dig deep into the Bible yet offer vital life-application for today.  For Winter/Spring 2015 the study will focus on Esther, Ezra and Nehemiah.


Gift of Hope and The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree 2017


Harvestfest is our annual fall festival and fundraiser to support the orphans of the Sebei diocese in Uganda and local food banks.  The festival features a cook-off, Bible-themed games, inflatables, puppet shows, Trunk or Treat, and an evening of fellowship, food and fun for all ages.

Click here for the most recent Harvestfest pictures

Wednesday Night Children's Programs

Grades K- 3rd : Choir practice for the Celebration Choir meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday nights of each month from 5:30-6:30 in the Hidden Treasure Room on the second floor of the church.

Grades K-6th grade (those not on puppet team):  Join us for “Movie Night” on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesday nights of each month in Cottage 2. We will be showing What’s in The Bible? from Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer.

W.O.R.D. Puppet Ministry


Christchurch W.O.R.D. (Worship, Outreach, Relationships, Discipleship) puppet ministry is a ministry for young people in fourth grade and up. This is an opportunity for them to serve the Lord both in His Church and in the world. Team members minister on Sunday mornings in Children's Church and take outreach trips throughout the year.

The W.O.R.D. Puppet Team meets on Wednesday afternoons from 5:15-6:30p.m. at the Chi Rho House.

For more information call Margie Stuart at 387-0566 x 209

The W.O.R.D. Puppet Team Adult Helpers are led by Margie Stuart, Kitty Harris, Caroline Broughton, Lyle Wilder, Carey Ming, Charlotte Plaskett, Michelle Llewellyn,  Rebecca & Adam Stuart, Mark Anderson, and Cindy McLaughlin.

The Puppet Team did such a great job at the 2014 Creative Ministry Festival. It was an amazing time for them to bond with each other. They represented Christ and Christchurch well. 


Vacation Bible School

Each June over 100 children and youth experience a wonderful journey through Bible Stories presented in a way that is so fun your child will be wishing for another day at VBS! They enjoy crafts, food and activities centered around the VBS theme. Games and puppet shows are also some favorites at VBS. Come see what awaits your child June 19-23, 2017! Registration begins in April. This VBS is going to be like no other one before- a week long and full of surprises.

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Games & Stuff

Children's Choir

Young musicians, kindergarten through sixth grade enjoy Christchurch’s Celebration Choir. In a loving environment they begin singing songs with liturgical emphasis and hymns of praise. The Celebration Choir blesses our morning worship and those in assisted living during the choir year. With the addition of handbell ringers, they lift their voices in worship of Christ our Savior. The choir is under the direction of Maria Hill and meets in the upstairs Hidden Treasure Room.

Celebration Choir 2016-2017 Dates to Sing

October 2
November 13
December 18 – Rehearsal 12:00-1:00 p.m. for Christmas Eve
December 24 – Christmas Eve – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 26
Sunday, April 9- Palm Sunday
Sunday, May 14 - Mother's Day


More information coming soon!



Last Published: March 13, 2017 8:41 PM




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