Welcome to Calvary Children & Youth Ministries (CYM). We look forward to seeing you!
WELCOME TO SUNDAY SCHOOL!
Register here for Sunday School.
During the program year, our schedule is as follows
(except the last Sunday of the month):
9:30-9:45 a.m. Children's Chapel
9:45-10:30 a.m. Sunday School Classes
10:30 a.m. Children join their families for the service
On the last Sunday of the month,
there will be no Children's Chapel or Sunday School.
Children and families are encouraged to participate and take leadership roles during the 10 a.m. communion service instead.
During the program year, the Nursery (infant - 3 years if age) is available from 8:45-11:00 a.m. In the summer, our Nursery runs from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m. If no children have arrived by 10:15, the nursery will close.
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Sunday School starts in September, but children are welcome to join throughout the year.
Our schedule is designed to build community among our children and families:
- Except for the last Sunday of the month, classes begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Children's Chapel. Our children and youth will learn to lead worship and they will learn songs that will be part of the 10 a.m. liturgy at the end of the month. At 9:45-10:30 Children and youth will attend their separate classes. At 10:30 they will join their families in the church for Holy Communion.
- On the last Sunday of the month, our 10 a.m. service will be family-oriented, with our youth serving as Lectors and Ushers, and our families serving as Oblation Bearers and Greeters.
- In addition there will be several special events when all the children participate together instead of being in separate classes.
- Nursery care is provided for children 6 months to 3 years of age. Care is available from 8:45-11:00 every Sunday during the program year, and 9:45-11 in the summer. Signing in of your child each Sunday and volunteering at least one Sunday per year in the nursery is all that is needed to take advantage of this wonderful service.
Music, crafts, drama, outreach, Bible stories, and family-oriented events make Sunday School at Calvary a special experience for children. We realize how quickly your days are filled and we hope that you will make involvement at Calvary a priority for your family.
The Children and Youth Ministries of Calvary collects returnable bottles and cans on an ongoing basis for service projects.
Last spring, CYM raised funds to purchase a share in a well through Episcopal Relief and Development. Our empty bottles helped bring clean water to communities in developing countries. This year our funds having been providing hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.
1. What curriculum do you use?
Our curriculum this year is Living the Good News, a lectionary-based, fully graded Christian education curriculum published by Morehouse Education Resources, a division of Church Publishing, Inc.
2. Why do you begin Sunday School with Children's Chapel?
We want all our young people to gather together to experience fellowship and communal worship, and we want them to learn that our study and learning all begin with prayer - expressed in hymns, liturgy, and a brief sermon given by our rector and/or deacon. Children's Chapel provides our children and youth with training in the basics of our liturgy so that they become comfortable taking liturgical roles in worship with adults.
3. What if we arrive after 9:30? Should we wait for our child's class to begin?
You and your children are welcome to come into the chapel at any time. Even if it is just for a few minutes, time in Chapel will help children to feel part of the group and to be ready for their class.
4. What happens during the Last Sunday of the Month Children's Service?
On the last Sunday of the month, all families are encouraged to participate in the 10 am service, which will be especially family-friendly. Children or youth who received training on the previous Sunday will serve as lectors and intercessors at the service. Other young people may serve as ushers or oblation bearers. Families will be invited up to the altar to participated more closely in the Eucharistic liturgy. Nursery care will still be available on the last Sunday of the month.
5. What is there for me to do between 9:30 and 10?
You are welcome to visit your child's class, or any other class before worship begins in the church at 10. We also have coffee upstairs in the Reception Room, and places where you can sit and relax, catch up on news, texts, or email (free wifi is available), or visit with other adults. Weather permitting, you may choose to spend a few quiet minutes outside in the courtyard or the churchyard, where there are benches or room for a short walk. You are also welcome to go into the church and listen to the choir prepare for the service. Some parents like to go for a short walk in the neighborhood.
6. What if there is no parking available in the lot and the village lot is too far for my child, or we are running late?
There is a "drop off" lane by the entrance off the parking lot where you can leave your car for a moment while you walk your child into the Sunday School area. Then you can drive to the village lot (across Cayuga), and return to the church in plenty of time for the 10 am service.