“Jesus said “whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9.37

Children and their families are extremely important to our community at Eastern Shore Chapel. We believe children should feel that there is a place for them in church and that their participation is appreciated and encouraged. Through a variety of experiences, we are committed to giving our young people a solid Christian foundation and a nurturing community in which they can grow.

Contact: The Rev. Julia Messer Email

Nursery

The nursery program on Sunday morning is for infants to children four years old. The goal of the nursery program is to provide a safe, healthy and pleasant environment for this age child. Paid professional workers staff the nursery. All nursery workers have completed the Safe Church training as required by the diocese. Our nursery is equipped with age appropriate playthings and well-trained staff. The infant nursery is adjacent to a play room with train track and climbing nest. Nursery care is available for the 10:15 Sunday service and during the Christian Education hour form September – May (9:00 -10:00). It is also provided for many of our special services and Bible study classes. For services other than on Sunday morning and weekday classes, please call the parish office to insure that the nursery will be open and ready to care for your child.

EASTERN SHORE CHAPEL – CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY

The goal of Eastern Shore Chapel’s Youth Ministry Program is to create a safe, fun and meaningful environment where youth can develop spiritually, socially and emotionally. Our program is designed to assist youth in creating meaningful relationships with friends, their families and with God. Journey to Adulthood and EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) nurture our spirit, provide fun and fellowship, encourage outreach opportunities, and give us support. From September through May, join us Sunday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 for Sunday School and for occasional afternoon activities and service projects.

Click HERE to download a Permission Form.

Contact: Emily Bruch at ebruch@easternshorechapel.org

JOURNEY TO ADULTHOOD

Journey to Adulthood is a model of a spiritual formation program for grades 6 – 12. It attracts, instructs and nurtures young people at the ages when they are most likely to drift away from the church. It deals with the “whole” person and the Sunday School component complements the youth group program. J2A’s mission is to form young people as practicing Christians and full participants in the life of their congregation and community. Click HERE to learn more about Journey to Adulthood.

With Jesus as their role model, young people seek to examine and strengthen all aspects of their lives. In its entirety Journey to Adulthood is a six-year program, divided into three two-year components:

RITE 13: GRADES 6 – 8

The Rite-13 curriculum assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. It liturgically celebrates the God given gifts of manhood and womanhood. The program creates a safe haven to explore new ideas, new interests and new abilities.

J2A: GRADES 9 & 10

Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the core program that blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research/information management, partnership and leadership. The program helps them understand and affirm Christian living. They are recognized as young adults, rather than children, and invited to make a holy pilgrimage.

SR. HIGH: GRADES 11 & 12

Youth are invited to reflect on the emerging faith of our world today. Using Biblical passages and current event resources the stage is set weekly for a hearty exchange of ideas and the way is made clear for insights and directions for your unique faith journey. It’s scholarly, it’s entertaining, it’s fun, and it’s enlightening.

EYC (EPISCOPAL YOUTH COMMUNITY)

Our youth program is focused on building community and serving others. We do a lot of outreach work including cooking & serving at the homeless shelter, helping out at the Chapel Pantry and meal packing for Stop Hunger Now. Community is important and we gather as a group at several times a year with a focus on fun and fellowship.

Youth Group is for youth in 6th-12th grade and will meet once a month.

See the upcoming events listed to the right on this page. Click HERE to see diocesan youth events.

Christian Formation: Our Sunday School programs run September through May.

Classes are offered during the academic year – September through Pentecost – for everyone from age 4 through adult. Classes are from 9:00 to 10:00. Prior to attending the class, each student should register with the Director of Christian Formation. All class assignments are based on the age or current grade placement in school. Click HERE for a registration form.

Godly Play Center (4 year olds – 1st graders)

Our youngest children meet in our Godly Play classroom. They hear the stories of God, told with beautiful wooden materials. The storyteller and the children wonder aloud about various parts of the story. Children are then invited to respond individually to the story with art or story materials.

Intermediate (2nd – 5th grades)

This group meets in the Chapel. A new curriculum was adopted in Fall 2015.
All classes are based on the Common Lectionary for the day.
Note: Primary & Intermediate MAY be combined if there aren’t enough to have two classrooms

Children’s Chapel

This program takes place at the beginning of the 10:15 service for children who are ages 3 through 7 years old. It gives children an understanding of liturgy and Bible stories. Godly Play stories are shared during this time. Children gather in the church with their family and during the service they process together to the Chapel. The program lasts for approximately 30 minutes. The leaders bring the children to the church at the Passing of the Peace to join their family. Children’s Chapel is an age-appropriate program. Hymns, songs, stories and prayers are part of this service.

Worship

While children are welcome at all services, the 10:15 service is primarily the family service. Youth take roles as lay readers, acolytes, and choir members. On occasion, the youth have been invited to lead an entire service, including messages for the children and adults. Worship bags with quiet activities for children are available in the narthex.

Children and youth serve as acolytes at the 10:15 service each Sunday. If your child is interested in becoming an acolyte, call Susan Buchanan at 481-2595 or Ellen Gallup at 481-5897.

Family Ministry

Our family ministry programs provide opportunities for fellowship, worship and formation for pre-school and elementary aged children and their families. We gather together several times a year. Our activities include pumpkin carving, chili & crafts, an Advent wreath workshop and an Easter Festival.
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To learn more contact the Director of Family Ministries, Emily Bruch at ebruch@easternshorechapel.org