“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 they are an integral part of the congregation and that their participation in worship and all other church activities 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.

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Contact: Patti Glowatsky Email

FAMILY MINISTRY

The mission of Family Ministry at Eastern Shore Chapel is to provide faithful formation experiences, both at church and home, that shape the lives of families in a way that empowers them to walk in the ways of love, mercy, compassion and grace, as Jesus taught us. We hope to accomplish this by cultivating knowledge of the Bible as it relates to their lives, personal spiritual development, an understanding of the Episcopal traditions and the application of Jesus’ message to the community and the world. These experiences are not limited to Sunday mornings and are achieved through classes and worship services as well take-home resources and activities.

WORSHIP

Children are welcome at ALL services. Children’s liturgy bags are available in the narthex with seasonal resources and lectionary-based activities. Please be sure to return them at the end of the service to be replenished for the next week. Youth take roles as lay readers, acolytes, and choir members at the 10:15 service. If your child is interested in becoming an acolyte, email Susan Buchanan at msbuchanan@verizon.net or Ellen Gallup at bruce.gallup@verizon.net.

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. Hymns, songs, stories and prayers are incorporated in order to familiarize little ones with the rhythm of the worship service in an age appropriate way. Godly Play stories are shared during this time. Children gather in the church with their family and during the service they are shepherded by Safe Church trained leaders to the Chapel. The program lasts for approximately 30 minutes. The leaders bring the children back to the church at the Passing of the Peace to join their families for the remainder of the service. To learn more contact Patti Glowatsky by Email.

NURSERY

*Currently suspended due to the global health crisis
The nursery program on Sunday morning is for infants (8 weeks) to children four years old. Our staff are paid professionals who have completed all Safe Church certifications required by the national Episcopal Church as well as CPR/First Aid certification and a comprehensive background check. Our nursery is a safe and loving environment equipped with age appropriate playthings. Nursery care is available for the 10:15 Sunday service and during the Christian Education hour from 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 at (757)428-6763 to ensure that the nursery will be open and ready to care for your child.

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 9:15-10:15. Prior to attending the class, each student should register with the Director of Family Formation. All class assignments are based on the age or current grade placement in school. Click HERE for a registration form.

Godly Play Center (Pre-K-1st grade)

Our youngest children meet in our Godly Play classroom. What is Godly Play? Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play curriculum, based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, helps little ones explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Our Doorkeepers and Storytellers are Godly Play trained and Safe Church certified to ensure the most effective experience for the children.

Upper Elementary (2nd – 5th grades)

This group meets in the Chapel and uses the Feasting on the Word curriculum. This is Lectionary based curriculum that features on the readings from the worship service in a way that promotes exploration and discussion among peers. 2nd-5th graders will be supported in their desire to join teams and organizations by being introduced to materials that invite them to be members of the body of Christ. They will use their Bibles to dig into the stories of their faith. Their love of questioning will be encouraged as well as their confidence in understanding the readings.

Middle School (6th-8th grades)

This group meets in The Barton House located at the end of the driveway just beyond the Day School building and also utilize the Feasting on the Word curriculum. Through these Lectionary based materials, youth will continue to navigate their Bibles and ask the hard questions about life application. They will be encouraged to expand their ability to understand abstract imagery by investigating what the church teaches through the biblical texts and its implications on their lives. Jesus’ teachings will begin to give voice to what they believe.

High School (9th-12th grades)

With Jesus as their role model, the high school youth, seen as emerging adults, meet in The Barton House to discuss the fundamentals of their faith as Episcopalians. Using Biblical passages, current events, the Book of Common Prayer and other resources, they navigate faithful living with their shared insights and hard questions. This group is scholarly, enlightening, entertaining and always great fun!

EYC (EPISCOPAL YOUTH COMMUNITY) 6TH-12TH GRADES

Our youth program is focused on building community and serving others. This includes, but is not limited to, 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 several times a year with a focus on fun, fellowship and being the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
Click HERE to see Diocesan youth events.