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Faith Development at Christ Church

The Faith Development Team will lovingly and creatively welcome and empower all ages and stages to be people of faith. By doing so, our hope is all people who attend Christ Church will feel embraced no matter where they are in their faith journey.

Below are our ministries broken down by various factors of age, experience, and gender. Please contact us if you'd like more information by clicking the button below.

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(Infant through 5th Grade)

Children's Ministry at Christ Church Episcopal engages children to study Scripture and participate in age-appropriate programs and opportunities. Our ministry encourages our children to serve others around them. We teach giving of the heart, time, and treasure, and help develop and form natural gifts of the spirit. Our ministry works in tandem with other ministries to provide intergenerational experiences and programs. We encourage our children to be strong members of the Christian faith community.

We are always seeking volunteers to help us. Whether you're a parent, guardian, or friend with a heart for children, please contact Director of Children's Ministries Holly Melton to get involved.

Cub and Scout Troops at Christ Church
Do you have a child who would like to join a Scout BSA troop? Cub Pack 511 is available for rising 1st - 5th grade and meets on the 2nd Monday of the month. BSA Troop 511 is available for rising 6th - 12th graders and meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in Cub Scouts, contact Cubmaster, Dean Cavalier. If you are interested in Scouts BSA, contact Olivier Salamin, 905.8868.

Photo Release
We love taking photos and videos during Christ Church events to build community among parishioners and further the ministry. These photos and/or videos may be used in the Sunday bulletin, weekly eblast, on our website, in various publications and on social media websites. If you would not like us to use a photo of your child, please email Holly Melton.

Allergies
On occasion, we will serve a special snack in Sunday School or FaithSteps. If your child has a food allergy that we should be aware of please contact Holly Melton.

Parents

Safeguarding God's People
All volunteers at Christ Church are required to complete this training every five years. Please email Lisa Hunt for more information.

More Information
Learn more about Athletics and our Music Ministry opportunities for children.

Get Connected: Email Holly Melton, Director of Children's Ministries

Nursery

Nursery is available year round for infants and toddlers. The nursery opens at 9:30am, and is available through the end of the 10:30 worship services. All children are welcome at any of our Sunday worship services.

See more information about the nursery here.


Christ Church Episcopal Preschool

Offers full and half day programs year round, serving children from birth to K5. We are pleased to be in a newly renovated, beautiful space in the Christ Church parish house, offering our parishioners and community an inviting school environment filled with light, love and learning.

6th through 12th Grade

Community

EYC stands for Episcopal Youth Community. Our middle school community embraces youth who are in 6th through 8th grade. Out high school community embraces youth who are in 9th-12thgrade. Our mission is to welcome and provide a community that offers opportunities for our youth to engage with others, work with others, and grow in their faith with others through fun and fellowship.

Some EYC activities include: park hangouts, summer & fall kick-off events, weekly Middle and High school EYC gatherings.

Cub and Scout Troops at Christ Church

Do you have a child who would like to join a Scout BSA troop? Cub Pack 511 is available for rising 1st - 5th grade and meets on the 2nd Monday of the month. BSA Troop 511 is available for rising 6th - 12th graders and meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in Cub Scouts, contact Cubmaster, Dean Cavalier. If you are interested in Scouts BSA, contact Olivier Salamin, 905.8868.

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ServeUS

The Second Sunday of the month we offer a different format for our EYC gatherings. The second Sunday of the month will be Service oriented- we are calling this ServeUS. This offering is designed to provide opportunities for our youth to step out of their comfort zones, to invite and welcome all, fostering and growing new relationships, and to engrain in our youth the importance of service. Through offering a wide variety of service opportunities we seek to teach our youth how to make service a part of their regular life.

Some organizations we have partnered with before: Harvest Hope Food Bank, Miracle Hill, United Ministries, Project Host, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Ronald McDonald House, Mill Village Farms.

Leadership Development opportunities

The Student Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of high school students 10th - 12th graders from Christ Church who assist in planning, leading, and creating games and programs for the middle school events. Applications open June 2022 for fall 2022 - spring 2023.

Diocesan Youth Leadership Committee (DYLC) This group of high school youth and adults from throughout the Diocese assist in the creation and implementation of youth events and help in setting the policies and procedures for governing them. Applications for DYLC are accepted during the spring semester of each school year. This is open to rising 9th graders.


Study

Confirmation Classes

Begin each year in the Fall and run through May. Open to rising 10th graders. A dive into a variety of topics that equip youth with the tools and resources to discern if they would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Youth Ministry volunteer opportunities

We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and we invite you to join us!

  • Chaperone EYC
  • Assist with check-in/ welcome at EYC gatherings
  • Set-up and clean up EYC Dinner
  • Pick-up EYC Dinner (often catered from a local Greenville restaurant)
  • Pick-up/ bake desserts for EYC Dinner (nut-free)
  • Sign-up to assist as a formation teacher for our middle school (6-8th grade), high school (9-12th grade), or Confirmation class (10th grade)
  • Pick-up bagels or doughnuts for Sunday morning Breakfast

Retreats, Short-term summer mission experiences, monthly ServeUS opportunities: We have many different opportunities for our youth in the local Greenville community and beyond – come partner with us!

  • Assist as an Adult Chaperone
  • Assist with meals
  • Assist with planning and brainstorming opportunities for our youth
  • Assist with transportation (You must complete additional paperwork through our Business office to become a certified driver).

Contact Eric Travis to get involved. All volunteers are required to complete the Safeguarding God's People training every five years. Please email Lisa Hunt for more information.*


FAQs

Can we invite friends to youth events?

Of course!

We always welcome any youth to any of our events (EYC, Retreats, Sunday School, youth fellowship events). We welcome and invite all youth to attend.

What are Diocesan events?

The Diocese of Upper South Carolina seeks "To Know, Grow, and Sow the Love of Christ" among youth through events offered for young people in grades 5th – 12th. Diocesan events are held in various locations and are open to all youth and their friends. Each of these events, while focused on a specific age group and theme or program, is designed to deepen the spiritual development and the leadership skills of the participants.

Ways to connect:

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18 through 22

Studying Outside the Upstate | Going away for school but want to stay connected to Christ Church? Let us know your new mailing address, and be on the lookout for a special treat coming your way at midterms and finals! If you currently receive emails from Christ Church at your school email, consider updating your email to one you’ll be able to receive emails to after graduation. Join us for socials and service opportunities over Christmas and summer breaks!

Studying In the Upstate | Welcome to Christ Church, we’re glad you are here. To get connected to other college students in the area, or to get plugged into the Episcopal student ministry on your campus, contact Addie Tapp.

23 through 39

This vibrant, active ministry keeps our members, ages 18 - 39, connected and involved. The Young Adults participate in a variety of social events, volunteer opportunities, and family-friendly special events throughout the year. Christ Church has a wonderful children's ministry for young adults with children from birth - 5th grade. We also have a wide range of worship services and Sunday School classes to help you grow in faith, build relationships and be an even bigger part of our joyful community sharing life in Jesus Christ.


Social

Third Thursdays at Christ Church | Once per month, young adults (and families!) are invited to lunch in downtown Greenville following the 10:30 AM Markley Chapel service. Contact Addie to get the date of the next one! We also meet regularly around town for baseball games, hikes, and dinner groups. Stay up to date with the latest events by subscribing to emails from Christ Church young adult ministries.


Service

Better Together | We currently participate in quarterly service opportunities, both within Christ Church, and in the larger Greenville community. We have a Valentines card ministry for our home bound senior adults in February, participate in the Angel tree Advent ministry in December, and regular can food drives through Faith In Action. Have a local organization or ministry you want us to partner with? Email Addie to collaborate.


Growth

Parenting Class | Join us Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM for our parenting class! Led by parents of youth-aged children, this class is for parents of all ages looking for a safe space to share mistakes, hear advice from those who have been there before, and learn together as a community.
Currently meeting on Zoom.

Young Women's Bible Study | This study meets with the Rev. Kellie Wilson on the 2nd and 4th Monday nights from 6:00 - 7:00 PM on campus in the Arrington Room at the Parish House.

Young Men's Bible Study | This study is facilitated by Foster McKissick, IV. Contact Foster for location and times this group meets.


Fellowship

Small Groups | Christ Church has many vibrant small groups that meet regularly on and off campus. We have several young adult small groups that meet at different times throughout any given month. Looking to get plugged in? Contact our Director of Welcoming and Engagement, Chantal Smith.


Lead

Young Adult Council | This group of young adults designs and plans the retreats, socials, service opportunities, and welcoming ministries that make Christ Church the joyful and vibrant community that it is. If you would be interested in serving in this capacity, talk to Addie. She’d love to dream with you about where the young adults at Christ Church could go!

Addie Tapp, Director of Young Adult Ministries

40 through 64

Welcome to the Adult Ministry at Christ Church! This vibrant, active ministry keeps our members, ages 40 - 64, connected and involved. Our adults participate in a variety of social events, volunteer opportunities, and family-friendly special events throughout the year.

For Growing Your Faith
Weekly Bible Studies - Join in on any number of classes with wide-ranging topics. You can join any time, and classes vary from traditional studies of Scripture, to living a Christian life in current times, and more.

Worship Services - We have several options for Sunday worship. Due to the pandemic, they are limited to Sunday mornings only.

Sunday School Classes - to help you grow in faith, build relationships and be an even bigger part of our joyful community sharing life in Jesus Christ.

Adults with Children

For those with young children or youth, our children's and youth programs provide opportunities for children who are infants through high school.

Kellie Wilson, Senior Associate Rector

65 - 100+ Boomers +/-

Through trips, classes, lunches, and programs we engage each other and challenge ourselves to continue our transformational encounters with Christ. Christ Church Senior Adults enjoy fellowship and Christian community while blessing the parish and city with our depth of spiritual maturity and wisdom.

Check out our weekly opportunities for Senior Adults including volunteer opportunities:

  • Mid-Week Worship (Wednesdays at 10:30 in the Church)
  • Art of the Spirit - We are on a journey to deeper faith through artistic expression and conversation. This month we are exploring our spiritual journeys through abstract ink paintings. If you can cut and paste but can’t draw a straight line you’ll fit right in so join us.
  • Mailing Ministry - Join us by invitation on Thursday mornings to process bulk mail for the church. The conversation is the best part!
  • Monday Coffee by Zoom - Drop in for 10 minutes or stay the whole time.
  • Monday Book Study - The book changes, but the conversation stays vibrant and exciting! Join us on Zoom.

Annette Cook, Director of Senior Adult Ministries

Small Groups at Christ Church will embody the three elements of our mission at Christ Church: Embrace, Equip and Empower. Through these, we grow as Apostles to go out into the world to shine our lights for Jesus. The groups gather and fellowship, study, pray, and then go out to serve others. The purpose of these groups is to make Christ Church feel like a small church where we learn and grow as we discover our role in the church and the world. Small groups help us expand our friendship and support circles as we embrace each other for a season and then form new groups after three years. This significant experience in a Small Group expands our ability to become equipped apostles and empowers us to serve in our community or become leaders for newly formed groups. Learn more about joining one of the most rewarding groups at Christ Church!

Learn more about joining one of the most rewarding groups at Christ Church!

Usually once per unit (6 times yearly) the Faith Development team will put together a liturgically-appropriate Sunday School activity for all ages and stages. In Lent, we often hold a walking Stations of the Cross through the Parish House and Churchyard. During Advent, families are invited to come make an Advent wreath for their home; or one for a home-bound member of the parish.

See our current Sunday School offerings.

Because Christ Church is a large parish, Bible studies, Book studies and Prayer groups are a great way to connect and enjoy more intimate fellowship with others in our church community. At Christ Church, you will find a wide variety of groups that exist to inspire spiritual growth.

Check out our current Weekly Bible Studies.

Class enrollments, rosters, supplemental materials, and all other information can be accessed by logging into our new database, Tithely ChMS.

Forks & Fellowship is a unique opportunity to share a meal and togetherness with fellow parishioners. This yearly supper club is a casual, fun, dinner and discussion group with no particular curriculum; just an opportunity to fellowship with parishioners of all ages. You will request a group by day and time preference, and our Faith Development team will place you in your group. We invite you be a part of this small group ministry to further build our joyful community.

Sign-ups appear on our calendar page.

Join us two times yearly at Discovery Weekend! We're share great food, stories, and the wonderful things our parish has to offer with you. Learn about the ministries Christ Church offers as well as ways for you to get plugged in and volunteer for a ministry close to your heart. For more details, please email Chantal Smith.

Check out the Basketball page, get registered, and download forms here.

The season runs November through February, with team practices beginning in October. 5K – 8th grades play on Saturday mornings, 9th - 12th grades play on Monday evenings, and men play on Thursday evenings. For inquiries about Christ Church basketball, please contact the Parish House at 864.271.8773.

Why I Coach
“I honestly can’t remember how I started coaching basketball. I’m sure it was to be a part of my sons’ basketball experience when they were younger. I didn’t think I would continue after they both moved on but here I am with a brand new team of fourth graders! There are a few reasons why I am still coaching. I would say I get so much more out of it than the players do. It’s so rewarding to play even a small role in a young life by teaching the basics of basketball, teamwork, and effort at a time in their lives when it’s not all about winning just yet. Don’t get me wrong, we love to win but we also love having fun, improving, making friends, and most of all laughing.” - Allan Symonette

Why I Play
“Church basketball has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. The friends I’ve made throughout the years are incredible and it is always fun coming back together every season. I will forever be grateful for the relationships I’ve built with my teammates and especially Coach Mac.” - Pearce Easley

This inter-church league is facilitated by CLBBY (The Church League Basketball for Youth).

Intergenerational Offerings

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At Christ Church we believe in the power of community: bringing together groups of parishioners of all ages in various programs and opportunities to lend wisdom, teach, and grow together. This practice makes us stronger as a faith family. From parish-wide meals to Advent Wreath Making and Interactive Prayer Stations, the Faith Development team offers activities in which individuals in the whole parish can celebrate liturgical seasons while learning faith practices and sharing their faith.

The Common Table - Wednesdays at Christ Church
Join us on Wednesday evenings to refresh your faith, life, & spirit. The Common Table encompasses programming for your faith, life, and spirit. All programming ends by 6:45 PM in order to get families home and settled by the youngest bed times. We hope you'll join us for any of these wonderful, enriching programs. Come eat, learn, and fellowship with your parish family on Wednesday nights.
Nursery available.