Children and Youth At Grace Episcopal Church
These programs run September - May. Watch for announcements about Vacation Bible School and other summer fun!
Christian Education in the Atrium for ages 3 -12, 9:30, 3rd Floor
We have converted the old preschool classroom into an Atrium – a Montessori-based enrichment space where children can hear, ponder, and celebrate the essential messages of the Christian faith as revealed in the scriptures and the liturgy with hands-on activities (“works”). The children are enjoying a higher level of activity that this format offers them. Please come visit the space and encourage your children to try it out. If you or your High School age child would like to volunteer one Sunday a month to help with the Atrium, please contact Megan Hess. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth and Young Adults, Canterbury Room, 9:30
“World Religions on Film.” Class has started with the film The Cup (Bhutan, 1999), which explores Buddhist monks in India who love soccer! Dr. Christian Haskett, come speak about Buddhism on October 6. After that, they will explore the Jewish holiday of Sukkot with Grace’s next door neighbor, Hillel Director, Maggie Shapiro Haskett, who will introduce Sukkot. Next they will watch the movie Ushpizin (Israel, 2005), which also focuses on the holiday. In November, an Imam will be visiting Grace, so we will study Islam next, possibly using the documentary film Koran by Heart (2011), which follows a group of kids who are memorizing the Koran for a competition. The films are rated G or PG.
Children's Chapel is offered during the 10:30 service. The children follow the children's cross to the chapel after the reading of the Gospel and a special prayer. Children's Chapel is a time for the children to hear the gospel story at their developmental level and pray for the needs of the church and the world. They return to the church at the passing of the peace. You are welcomed to attend Children's Chapel with your child.
Godly Play & Cherub Choir Wednesdays
3:30 – 4:30, Atrium, 3rd floor Parish House
(ages 3 through first grade)
Godly Play provides a time and a space for children to engage with God and with the story of God’s people in the Bible. A Godly Play session includes a time to gather in a circle to listen to a story, a time of wondering, and a time for children to respond to the story through art or creative play. In addition to Godly Play, a Cherub Choir teaches beginning musicianship and songs of our faith.
The Youth of
Grace Episcopal Church
are valued parishioners and take an active role in our worship by acolyting,
lay reading, and
singing in the choirs.
We regularly participate in DIOSWVA's youth events,
FYE, Happening, SYE, Youth@Convention and YMT.
Contact Sharon Massie
Nightwatch Crossroads: Interspiritual Retreat
St. John’s the Divine Cathedral
New York City, NY
Friday, January 31, 2020
6:30 PM-9 AM
Nightwatch Crossroads: Interspiritual is a Friday evening and overnight spiritual retreat for middle and high school age students, youth groups and their adult chaperones. The Interspiritual retreat is an inclusive program created for youth of all faiths. It explores music, spiritual disciplines, stories and wisdom from a variety of the world’s religious traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity. Nightwatch has created a safe, spirit-centered program of joy-ful fellowship, contemplative-contemporary spiritual direction, devotional singing, and lots of fun activities.
Cost: $95 w/ $6 ticket processing. $101
Transportation: Go on the train from Charlottesville. Leave Friday at 7:09 am
Get to NYC at 1:46 pm
Go to see 911 Memorial before going to Cathedral.
Leave Saturday, Feb 1. at 2:15 arrive Charlottesville 8:47 pm.
Train would cost between $167 and $180 ( depending on how we book the train) so whole trip cost is between $267 and $281 plus.
The church has $1000 Pilgrimage money that could be put towards trip, itcould defray travel cost or pay for food on the trip. A $50 deposit is due by Sunday, October 27.
Contact Sharon Massie for more details.