Christ Church, Fort Lauderdale
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Family Ministry

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. -- Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (English Standard Version)

Sit Together Sunday is the centerpiece of the intergenerational ministry at Christ Church.  Though children are our smallest members, they are a significant part of the body of Christ and should be present in worship regularly.  When children are in worship, the body of Christ becomes whole and the church family comes together as one big extended family bound together by the love of Jesus. It truly is a blessing to come together to worship, learn and grow as disciples of all ages.  This is what Sit Together Sunday is all about. 
Once a month, elementary children do not go to their regular classes called Crosswalk.  Instead, they go to worship with the whole church.  Sit Together Sunday includes special bulletins and crayons, a children’s message and other child-friendly worship experiences.  Preschool-age children also are welcome to attend.  However, Crosswalk for preschoolers will be offered in the Crosswalk Clubhouse on these Sundays upstairs on the second floor.  We hope you’ll join us and experience Sit Together Sunday with your whole family.   Sit Together Sundays are generally the first Sundays of each month, but there are exceptions that can be found on the church calendar
WORSHIP WORKSHOPSJust as we teach children to read and write, we must also teach them how to worship, why we receive Holy Communion, why we give weekly offering to God and other important parts of what we do in Christian worship. Christ Church offers several Worship Workshop opportunities for families with young children throughout the year.  Worship Workshops are interactive experiences for the whole family in the fellowship halls.  At these events, families are welcome to explore themed centers and listen to a lesson on a particular aspect of worship.  Worship Workshops cover topics such as Holy Communion, baptism, stewardship, Palm Sunday and Pentecost and offer a great way to introduce and explore the importance of these parts of worship.  Please check the calendar for the next Worship Workshop.
Please feel free to email Pastor Monique McBride, pastor to schools and families. 
Other events:
The story of Holy Week can be tricky to share with children. Yet, if we don’t share the story, Easter loses its meaning.  All About Easter is an event for families with young children which explains and celebrates the story of Holy Week in a child-friendly way. There is a petting zoo with a donkey, sheep and chickens as well a chance to color easter eggs with all natural dyes like turmeric and beet juice. The centerpiece of the event is a chance for the children to paint their feet purple and walk with you on the footsteps of Jesus through the story of Holy Week. At the end of the path, you are invited to wash their feet and have prayer time together. It is a very special and unique opportunity for your family.  
The season of Advent is the beginning of the Christian year and a time to prepare our heart and mind for the celebration of Christmas. The season of Advent helps keep Jesus central to Christmas celebrations and gives shape and order to the crazy days leading up to Christmas. ADVENTure to Christmas is an evening event at which families are welcome to enjoy dinner together, learn about the season of Advent and create something to help journey together toward Christmas. Whether it is a calendar or a wreath, the crafts we make at ADVENTure to Christmas are meant to be tools for families to use together as they celebrate at home. 
The next ADVENTure to Christmas will be Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 4pm in the Fellowship Halls.
Though the stores would prefer we skip from Valentine’s Day to Easter, there is a Christian season in between called Lent which helps us to focus on the love of Jesus and be mindful of the daily choices we make to follow God.  A Lent Event is an evening event for families to introduce the season of Lent to families with young children.  At this special night, we enjoy dinner together, hear a lesson on Ash Wednesday and Lent and make something together to journey through Lent and towards Easter.  Families are welcome to stay after the Lent Event to attend the Ash Wednesday service.