Christ Church offers many vibrant opportunities for children, teens, and families to grow in faith.
Instead of traditional Sunday School held every week, we honor the schedules of our busy young families by offering Family First Sunday on the first Sunday of every month. Children ranging in age from 4-12 gather at 9:30 am for an engaging program that features reflection on scripture, development of skits, art projects, and singing in community. Approximately 16-23 of our children regularly attend this monthly Sunday formation opportunity.
Our youth group, The Bridge, provides a safe place for youth in grades 6-12 to explore world changing ideas, develop friendships, and both question and deepen faith. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm. The Middle School group, with 12-18 regular attendees, meets the first and third Tuesdays and the High School group, averaging 8-12 participants, meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
In addition to Tuesday evening formation opportunities, our youth group is active in service work. They have cooked dinner for the interfaith shelter, distributed fresh groceries, visited the children at Vida Joven de Mexico, an orphanage in nearby Tijuana, and worked on Canyonlands clean-ups. Fun activities include trampoline parks, laser tag, and human Hungry, Hungry, Hippos games. Christ Church youth are also active in diocesan wide youth offerings: 14 of our kids recently went on retreat at Camp Stevens, more than 20 attended an overnight lock-in at the Cathedral, we send numerous participants on summer mission trips, and three of our youth were selected for the San Diego delegation to The Episcopal Youth Event in 2020.
Our children’s choir focuses on multi-cultural music with an emphasis on rhythm and fun. A new offering in the fall of 2019, there are currently 10 children enrolled in the program. Kids Praise sings at the 10:00 a.m. service twice during the year.
On the third Sunday of each month, Christ Church offers an intergenerational Rite III Eucharist followed by dinner. Attendees range in ages from babies in arms to 95 years young. Participants are invited to write prayers and respond to the Gospel with creative mediums. Average Sunday Supper attendance in 2019 was 40 people per month.
Christ Church’s annual, full-day, arts-based Vacation Bible School hosts children in grades 2-5 from Coronado and St. Luke’s North Park. Children write skits, learn songs in many languages, create art, and make friends from different cultural backgrounds. Leadership for Camp Create! comes from the youth groups at Christ Church and St. Luke’s, with support from adults at Christ Church. In addition to art, music and drama, the children do yoga daily and play wild games on the playground. The week culminates with a performance in the church of their skits and music, followed by an afternoon of fun on a two-story waterslide.