Emmanuel Episcopal Church is a supportive community that cherishes children and families. Our Children’s Ministry strives to create the very best programs and activities that will aid in the spiritual growth and development of every child.
The nursery program is available Sunday morning for infants to children 3.5 years-old from 8:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Our professional staff is committed to providing you peace of mind while your children enjoy a comfortable and pleasant experience. All of our nursery attendants follow the Diocese of Southern Virginia Safe Church guidelines and are dedicated to the spiritual nurturing and well-being of children.
Children’s Formation is offered on Sunday mornings from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m during the academic year (September to June) and welcomes children from preschool through 5th grade. Each week children and their leaders gather to explore the Bible, enjoy fun activities, pray, and grow in faith. Our current curriculum, Episcopal Children’s Curriculum (ECC), is a 3-year cycle thematic program tied to the seasons of the church. It was developed by the Center for Ministry of Teaching under the direction of the Rev. Locke E. Bowman, Jr. and Amelia J. Dyer, Ph. D.
Caring for God’s Creation
Throughout the year, Children’s Formation integrates simple gardening, outings, and conservation projects. This is a time for children and families to enjoy the outdoors and contemplate God’s Creation.
Every Sunday during the 10:00 a.m. service, children meet in the sanctuary, process out, and gather in the chapel for their lesson. Our Children’s Chapel program includes Scripture, tradition, reason, and… creativity. Children have their own worship with reading of the Gospel and interactive sermon. The program provides opportunities to “play acolyte,” learn songs, and create art. The children then return to the service during the Peace.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
This program is offered for preschool-aged children through fifth grade for one week during the summer. Each year our curriculum is planned around a different theme. Activities include lessons, crafts, music, and a celebration on the last day.