Sundays for Children (Infants – 5th Grade)
At Church of the Holy Spirit, we support parents’ efforts to teach their children to follow the Lord. We offer a safe and fun environment where children can grow in Jesus Christ. Children, age three and above, join their families for worship in the sanctuary at the beginning of the service. They sing with the entire church body and hear testimonies of how God is working in His church. After a blessing, the children are released to Sunday School. At the end of Sunday School, the children return to the service to celebrate Holy Communion with their families.
From Terry Johnson, our Children’s Minister: “At Church of the Holy Spirit we desire to engage children in a way that will inspire and equip them to know God intimately and become who He has designed them to be. Our goal is to give children the tools they need to walk successfully and humbly in this world, knowing they are loved and empowered by God and His Holy Spirit. We desire to encourage them as they take milestone steps in their maturity in Christ. We have a safe, fun, and relevant program for newborn children through fifth grade. We learn the Word of God, truths about Him, and our need for a Savior. Not only do we offer a Sunday morning program, but we also offer service projects, outside church events, summer Vacation Bible School, seasonal special events, and individual projects for increased spiritual growth. I hope to meet you and your children soon! Contact me at email@example.com.
Nursery care for infants through age two is available for both the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM services, and in the summer at our 10:00 AM service. Our nursery workers are Ms. Carol and Ms. Nadjmeh.
After the blessing, the preschool through 5th grade children meet their Sunday School teacher at the back of the sanctuary and proceed to their multi-age class. The children are led in a Bible lesson, games, and activities. They return to the service for Holy Communion.
Sunday School (11:00 AM Service, or summer 10:00 AM Service)
After the blessing, the children are released to their Sunday School classes. The classes are divided as follows:
Preschool/K: The Preschool/K class meets in the classroom to the right of the Nursery. The children enjoy a snack while they listen to a Bible story. They also participate in games and activities related to the lesson. Our preschool teachers are Ms. Carol, Ms. Joanne, Ms. Becky and Ms. Sue and they love our little ones.
1st-5th Grade: This combined age group meets for a Bible teaching which follows the same lesson their parents and other classes are learning. This lends to good family discussions on the way home from church. This class has further age appropriate discussion, Q&A, crafts, games, and snacks. The emphasis is on learning the Bible events which are taught in such a way as to show that these events are true, that they reveal something of God’s character and/or plan, and that they are relevant to our lives every day. We memorize scripture and use take-home pages to encourage the children to remember what they’ve learned and reinforce the lesson. Ms. Jessica, Mr. Jorge and Ms. Terry teach this class. Come join us for a time of fun filled learning.
The Acolyte Ministry at CHS is comprised of those in the parish, several which are children, who have willing hearts and able hands. They lead the Processions during worship, assist at the Holy Table during the Eucharist (Holy Communion), assist with the offering, and participate during Christmas and Easter by leading special worship such as Gospel Processions or other great traditions of the Anglican Church. Acolytes are among the oldest orders of the Church dating back to 251AD and in modern times are a reminder that “A little child shall lead them.”
Training is required and provided for all acolytes in a supportive and individual manner. We want our acolytes to love serving God.
To learn more or to volunteer with the CHS Acolyte Ministry, contact Cindy Bloomingdale at 703-376-4657, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
CHS holds a summer Bible school that is always a hit with the kids! Check our announcements for more information about this summer’s VBS.
Our children are encouraged to be a part of any of CHS’ services, including the monthly healing service and special dramas. We particularly want their participation in our Christmas, Epiphany, and Easter dramas. Other opportunities to serve in our regular services might include reading the Scripture lesson, musical offerings or ushering. Parents, please let a pastor know of your child’s desire to serve in a particular way, and we will discuss the appropriateness of that with you.
We have a whole page of links for all ages found here.
Of particular note: Daily Bible Study for Kids: The story automatically changes every day to go through much of the Bible in 6 months!
“The Bible App for Kids”: https://www.bible.com/kids
Our Children’s Ministry Director is Terry Johnson. Terry can be reached at 703-726-0777, or email@example.com.