But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" -Matt. 19:14
Children are a blessing from the Lord. At Christ Church Vienna, we want to show kids of all ages the love of God and the good news of Jesus Christ. We want the church family to be a safe place of connecting to other kids and adults, we want kids to grow up with great memories of their time in church.
Children’s Church (Pre-K – 5th Grade)
Children begin the service with their parents in the auditorium. During this time, there are opening prayers, songs, and scripture readings. Children then leave the service with their teachers during the sermon and subsequent time of prayer. Parents may escort their children to their rooms if they desire. Children will return around the time of the announcements so that they can participate in the communion liturgy, come forward to receive communion or be prayed for (parents decide), and sing with the congregation.
During the 45 minutes that children are out of the auditorium, they meet in grade-based classes. We hope to engage our kids socially, physically and spiritually. We want them to make friendships that make Sundays a time they look forward to. We want kids to be able to move around, and maybe even play or run. We want kids to learn about the love of God, to hear the good news of Jesus Christ, and become familiar with God’s plan of redemption.
Our curricula for pre-K through third grade are a combination of Godly Play and Young Children in Worship. Both curricula focus on engaging children in the stories of the Bible in a Montessori-style. Materials, such as the desert box, are meant to draw children into the stories. Questions at the end focus on allowing children to wonder about the stories, not on recitation. The lesson is followed by a work time that allows children to respond to what they’ve heard through crafts and activities.
In fourth and fifth grade, we use the stories (but not the worksheets) from God’s Great Covenant. Like all our curricula, these lessons focus on telling the stories of the Bible and giving children a chance to respond. This group usually meets in the gym and also has a chance to play gym games (Yes, even dodgeball!).
While we want to facilitate your child’s understanding of the gospel, we believe it is first the responsibility of parents to raise their children in the love of the Lord and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Your home is your primary mission field. If there is a way we can better facilitate your ministry to your kids, please let us know.
The Protection of Children at CCV
Christ Church Vienna highly values the safety of its children. Volunteer leaders and staff are required to comply to the Child Protection Policy of the Diocese of the Mid Atlantic. Before working with children or students, all volunteers are required to complete an application (includes background check), interview, submit references, and attend a child protection seminar.