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New Opportunities for Families in 2014-15





Parenting Conversations at The Redeemer:
This fall, parishioners, Darren and Amy Clipston, are delighted to team up to lead a parenting conversation course. The parenting course includes watching a short video on various developmental stages in parenting, discussion, and eating a simple supper. Anyone with children aged 0-10 are invited to attend. The sessions will last two hours and childcare will be provided in the nursery. If you have been looking for a place to discuss parenting in the safe context of a Christian community, this is the gathering for you. Please contact Darren or Amy Clipston. Darren and Amy are the proud parents of Ella (8), Jonathan (5), and Jason (11 months). The Conversations will take place on October 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2, and 9 from 4:30-6:30. Signup online here so we can plan childcare and food appropriately.







Faith and the Family:
Please look for monthly adult forums geared towards teaching and living faith at home and in the parish. Our first offering will focus on" Worshipping with Children: Why Bother?" Tory Kline and Melissa Wilcox will look at the theology of worship, the spirituality of children, and offer practical tips of being in the "big" church at Redeemer. Please join us.

Sabbath Time:
Once again, our Rite 13 program will gather for a monthly Sabbath time. This program exists to allow our young people to rest, relax, and enjoy the gift of Sabbath with other kids in the Rite 13 program. In our increasingly programmed world, it is a gift to gather kids from different schools and give them a chance to enjoy each other and God's creation. All parents of Rite 13 youth play a role in shaping this program. Rebecca Northington, mother to Rite 13ers, Jack and Lachlan, facilitates this important ministry.

Save the Date, October 26th, for a Missions Reflection Day. We will be gathering to reflect on Missions during our Adult Formation and then have lunch and table discussions following on some of the themes in Little Princes as well as on the mission work of Redeemer. Please contact Glenn Beamer or Melissa Wilcox to express your interest in the program.

Ministries with Children

Our hope and desire is that each child will grow to be the unique individual God has created him or her to be, identifying and freely using the gifts that God has provided. We encourage families to bring children to Church School as often as possible in order to take full advantageous of our Christian formation offerings. Christian formation is very important to us at The Redeemer. We offer an extensive Christian Formation program for all ages. See the Church School page for details.

Click here for a copy of the Children's Ministries section of the 2013 Annual Report.


Children’s Liturgy
Every Sunday a youth bulletin is printed. This bulletin is geared towards children fifth grade and over. It explains how the liturgy is put together, what the liturgy means, and how we can participate in the liturgy more fully. During this school year, the younger children who attend children’s chapel during sermon time, will receive intentional instruction by the clergy as we walk more deeply through the Eucharistic liturgy. They will have the chance to ask questions about things like the Confession, the Nicene Creed, and the Eucharist at their level. 

Worship Bags
Worship bags are available in the narthex for families with young children. These prepared tote bags are filled with materials meant to enhance a child’s sense of worship and help them process new prayers, scriptures and hymns.

Children's Chapel
During the 9am service, Children's Chapel is offered for elementary age children. After the Gospel is read, children follow the crucifer to the Chapel next to the main worship space, where they gather for a children's homily and prayers. They return to the main service during the Peace.

Younger Children during Worship
Children age 3 (and potty trained) through Grade K attend Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Level I (see Catechesis I section) from 9 to 11 am. On three Sundays of the year, they participate in the Children’s Liturgy during the 9 am service and then attend Catechesis at 10:15.

For the youngest ones (infant through two or three years old), child care is available each Sunday in the Nursery (see Nursery section) from 8:30 to 11:30 am The hours of Nursery care may be extended to begin at 7:30 am or end at 12:30 pm with advance notice to the caregivers or Tory Kline.


Important Church School Dates 2013-2014

As Church School year gets underway, please mark your calendars with these noteworthy dates for 2013-2014. More importantly, please plan to participate!

Sunday, September 7

9:15-9:50 am

Church School Open House


10:00 am

Church School Teacher Commissioning


11:30 am

Parish Picnic

Friday, September 12

7:00-9:00 pm

Parent’s Party

Sunday, September 14

10:15 am

Church School Begins
(Catechesis I meets at 9:00 am)

Sunday, November 9

9:00 am

Catechesis I in worship
(will meet in Atrium at 10:15 am)

Sunday, December 14

10:15 am

Catechesis I in worship
(will meet in Atrium at 10:15 am)

Sunday, December 28


No Church School

Sunday, January 11

9:00 am

Catechesis I in worship
(will meet in Atrium at 10:15 am)

Sunday, February 8

9:00 am

Catechesis I in worship
(will meet in Atrium at 10:15 am)

Sunday, March 8

9:00 am

Catechesis I in worship
(will meet in Atrium at 10:15 am)

Sunday, March 29


No Church School – Passion Sunday

Saturday, April 4

4:00 pm

Easter Vigil

Sunday, April 5


No Church School – Easter Sunday

Sunday, May 17


Last day of Church School




Church School Christmas Pageant Video

Watch a short video of our 4th & 5th grade's Christmas Pageant-December 2010.

Catechesis Level I Children sing This Little Light at the 2011 Easter Vigil

             Children from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I sing 
                  This Little Light of Mine at the 2011 Easter Vigil service.


Church of the Redeemer - 230 Pennswood Road - Bryn Mawr, PA 19010