Ministries for Children and Families
Redeemer’s Family Ministries
Special Events Year-Round
Vacation Bible School
Guild of the Christ Child (for expectant parents)
Redeemer Christian Education Calendar – Children and Youth
Families with Children
Families with Children is a group for parents with children in fifth grade or younger, intended to build community and have fun. The group plans all different kinds of events for casual evenings out with just the parents to group activities for adults and children. Connect with this enthusiastic group on Facebook – just search “Families with Children (FWC)- Redeemer.”
Realizing that children are the future of the church, Redeemer has provided myriad ways in which the children of the parish and their families can be involved in parish life to the fullest! If you would like more information on how your child can participate, call Jacki Boedecker, Director of Children’s Christian Formation, at 941-955-4263. All staff and volunteers who work with children and youth at Redeemer have been screened and have completed “Safeguarding God’s Children” training.
An example of the fun and education activities Redeemer offers is found in our summer 2011 “Faces of Jesus” stained art project. Click here to see the fantastic photos!
We invite you to click here to read about the Living the Good News curriculum used at the Church of the Redeemer. An excellent article on Sharing God’s Word at Home may be found here. Click here for a wonderful article on Nurturing Your Child’s Spirituality. For a glimpse at the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method used in the Pre-K curriculum, click here.
Children’s Chapel: Held Sundays during the 9:00 am Eucharist, the children leave for the Gillespie Hall chapel after the reading of the Gospel, and return following the Peace. Included is a retelling of the Gospel, age appropriate homily, Creed, Prayers of the People, confession, absolution, and the Peace.
Nurseries and Preschool classes: Redeemer is blessed to have an infant and toddler nursery, a nursery for two and three-year-olds, and a preschool class for four-year-olds. The nurseries are open every Sunday during the 9 and 11 am Eucharists. The preschool class is open during the 9 am service during the academic year. While there is professional staff in both the nurseries, they depend on a great deal of volunteer help. The preschool class is entirely staffed by trained volunteers. Beepers are available to parents to keep in constant contact with little ones. Redeemer’s nurseries are specifically “well baby” spaces.
Sunday School: Classes take place throughout the academic year for all children from 10:10 to 10:45 am on Sunday mornings. Grades K-3 meet in the church school wing (beside the Bell Tower), and grades 4 and 5 meet in the classrooms above Gillespie Hall. Teachers are always needed. Click here for photos of Sunday School activities. Click here for a look ahead at the upcoming Sunday School year — with dates every family needs to know!
Acolytes: Contact Kris Grade in the parish office, 955.4263, for more information. (minimum age -10)
Music Program: Children’s Choir members are full participants in Redeemer’s renowned music program. Rehearsals for Westminster Choir, for elementary school girls and boys grades 2 – 5, are Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Also, on the same day and time, for children Pre-K to 1st grade, a Suzuki music prep class is offered. pm. Contact: Ann Stephenson-Moe, 955.4263.
LOGOS: Redeemer’s mid-week opportunity for Christian fellowship for children grades K-5, and takes place on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 – 6:30 Click here for more information about LOGOS and online registration and payment options.