Children and Youth
Godly PlayGodly Play nurtures preschool aged children's faith through art, storytelling and imagination. It is also an engaging and fun way for children to learn the stories of our faith. Godly Play starts with the assumption that children already have knowledge of and an experience of God within them. What they lack is the language and permission to express their experience. Using Montessori methods and ancient storytelling techniques, children are drawn into the parables and sacred stories. Imagination, curiosity and art response are encouraged so that children can experience a deeper and richer journey of faith. Talk to Kelin Fulkerson-Smith, Director of Children and Family Ministries, to find out how you can get involved in this Christian Formation ministry. †
Workshop RotationWorkshop Rotation is a way for younger elementary children to experience Sunday School. It provides creative, hands-on activities to help children learn the stories of God and God's people. Children work on the same scripture story or concept for several weeks, but rotate through stations including art, drama, music, storytelling, cooking and computer. The stations use multiple learning styles to appeal to different children. Working with a scripture story or sacrament for several weeks offers children an opportunity to internalize biblical stories and sacred concepts to enliven your child’s senses and Spirit. Talk to Kelin Fulkerson-Smith, Director of Children and Family Ministries, to find out how you can get involved in this Christian Formation ministry. †
Junior and Senior High Christian EducationJunior and senior high school aged parishioners explore their faith and culture through media and film. Each age group watches sections of popular film or media each week and then discusses the themes relating to the life of faith. This approach enables youth to explore their faith more deeply, discover the language of faith in popular culture and read the many media messages around them with a more critical eye. Our goal for Christian Education of these age groups is twofold: to give youth instruction of Biblical concepts with an emphasis on how they apply to teenagers' everyday lives and to provide an environment where youth feel safe discussing issues that affect their daily lives from a Christian perspective. Talk to Louisa Hallas, our Youth Director, to find out how you can get involved in Youth Ministry. †
Sunday Afternoon Youth GroupSeptember through May
Junior High: Youth in grades 6, 7, and 8 meet at the church from 1:30-3:00 pm Sunday evenings. We spend time playing games, discussing events in school and everyday life, and exploring our faith and spirituality. We also do a few "fun" trips throughout the year, as well as fund-raising projects for the community. Youth are invited and encouraged to bring friends. All are welcome.
Senior High: Youth in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 meet from 1:30-3:00 pm; EXCEPT for the last Sunday of each month, this group will meet from 3:30-5:00. We discuss events going on at home and in the world, do fund-raising projects for the local and broader communities, and spend time together doing team-building games and activities as we grow together in our faith. There will be a few "fun" trips throughout the school year, and a mission trip in the summer. Youth are invited and encouraged to bring friends. All are welcome.
Mission and Service OpportunitiesThroughout the year with a special focus on the summer, youth at Holy Nativity participate in mission opportunities. Activities this year have included assembling toiletry kits for victims of domestic violence and participating in the DuPage County PADS program (Public Action to Delver Shelter). Each summer the youth travel to serve others. The Middle School goes on a ‘mini-mission’ consisting of 3 days and 2 nights in a nearby city or region where they serve in soup kitchens, food pantries and neighborhood clean-ups. The Senior High takes a week-long trip, usually to a more remote location. Past trips have included Katrina Relief in New Orleans and rural housing rehabilitation in Oklahoma. Talk to Louisa Hallas to find out how you can get involved in this Youth Ministry opportunity. †
Annual Family OutingOne Sunday afternoon each spring, families of all types are invited to take a field trip together. We caravan to a location, share a picnic, play lawn games and enjoy the activities at our site. The past few years we have spent the day at Blackberry Farms together, where children have enjoyed rides on ponies and a miniature train, petting farm animals and watching period craft demonstrations. Best of all, this annual outing gives all an opportunity to spend some quality time building relationships that matter.
† Please call the church office (630-323-6820) for individual ministry contact information.