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Worship Times

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
(with hymns, no choir)

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
(with full choir, hymns)

7:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

See information in the middle of our home page for current on-line worship opportunities.

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Our church, restrooms and meeting space are handicap accessible.

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Sunday School

Registration for Church School for Grades Pre-K through 6th for the 2021-2022 school year is available by clicking to register online.

Please direct all questions regarding this ministry to the Rev. Michael Hodges.

Click here for the latest edition of "Family and Faith".

Plans for Our Children and Youth - Fall 2021

We will again offer children's formation (i.e. Church School) this year, and Middle School and High School youth will have chances to connect and serve. I can assure you that it will be different than in the past, but we will strive to be faithful and do what we can in a school year that is still not normal.

To register your child in grades PreK through Grade 6 for church school (even if your child attends only on occasion), please use this form. We hope to hold church school outdoors for several Sundays this Fall on a trial basis. I hope you will join me in a spirit of willingness and experimentation as we find new ways and try new things to build community, worship together ,and learn while keeping our children safe. Stay tuned for news about Youth activities beginning in October.

Please be in touch (by e-mail or call the church office at 978-475-0529) with any questions or if you can offer any assistance with children and youth.

Children's Spiritual Formation

The spiritual formation of our children is one of our most important ministries at Christ Church.  We use the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for our Pre-K through 6th grade formation.  Each class is held in an age-appropriate Montessori room called an "atrium".  The program runs from September until June.  Classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and typically run 50 minutes.  The children are then brought into the service to celebrate communion with their families.  Childcare is offered for children ages 6 months to 3 years old by our professional childcare providers in Room 113, beginning at 9:45 a.m. (see "Childcare" paragraph below for more specifics).  We value a safe learning environment, as shown through our CORI checks and requirement of “Safe Church” training for all teachers and youth mentors.

What exactly is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program?

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children that is based on the conviction that God and the Child are in relationship already. Our role as adults is to protect and nurture this bond.

Catechesis is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Developed by Sofia Cavalletti, an Italian Hebrew scripture scholar, building on the work and methods of Maria Montessori, the Catechesis seeks to give children, ages 3-12 years, the guidance and vocabulary to enable them to become aware of their relationship with God and give expression to it. With the Catechesis we help each child to continue to fall in love with God while building community among peers.

This is accomplished by presenting to the children age-appropriate themes from the Bible and our liturgy utilizing manipulative materials which the children use to internalize and ponder the great mysteries of our faith.

What is an atrium?

“[The atrium] is a place where the child comes to know the great realities of...life as a Christian, but also and above all, a place where the child begins to live these realities in meditation and prayer. There is nothing of the academic classroom about the atrium; it is not a place for religious instruction but religious life.”    Sophia Cavalletti, Religious Potential of the Child, p. 56

Children need their own quiet place to work with the essentials and many other key elements of our faith. This place is called an atrium. Montessori coined this term recalling the part of the Early Christian church building where catechumens would gather in preparation to join the church. Each atrium is specially designed with child-sized furniture including a prayer table for gathering, a model altar, as well as materials to deepen their familiarity with more parables and the Eucharist itself. After being presented with new material in a small group, children are free to choose work which particularly speaks to them to foster the growth of their own relationships with God.

We offer childcare in Room 113, beginning at 9:45 a.m. until the end of our 10 a.m. worship service, for children who are not old enough yet to be in Pre-K.  Our childcare providers, Kym, Elizabeth, Shannon, and Marissa, are daycare professionals, and several of them have been with us for many years.  Our children look forward to spending their morning with them.

Children's Chapel
A Children’s Chapel service is held a few times a year in place of church school for children who are at least in kindergarten.  This child-centered service allows the children to participate in the readings, the prayers, ushering, greeting, and singing to better understand worship in the Episcopal Church.

Children are always welcome to sit with their parents in church at either the 8:00 or the 10:00 a.m. service.  We have a wonderful children's table at the back of the church if they are interested in some drawing and other activities during the service.

Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center

The Barbara Harris Camp (or BCH), located in beautiful Greenfield, NH, is an Episcopal Camp and Conference Center owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.  Opened in 2003, this camp’s summer program has become very popular with Christ Church children and youth.  This program offers a tremendous week-long summer camp experience, in a Christian context, which is available to any child from 4th grade to 12th grade.  In addition, the camp is frequently used during the fall, winter, and spring for diocesan youth retreats, parish vestry retreats, and a variety of other purposes.  To learn more about the BCH Camp, please visit the BCH website