Church School Information

Welcome to Church School at the Chapel of the Cross!

We use a variety of curricula to share the stories of the Christian Church and to encourage learners to grow in their faith journeys.

 

Our 2019-2020 program year begins on September 8.  A full schedule will be posted soon!

 

Two and Three-year-olds meet in the Bunnies’ Room (G-02) on the Ground floor.

Their teachers are Jackie Kessman, Stephanie Palmer, Addie Reamer, Samantha Terhune and Caroline Williams.

Four-year-olds meet in the Bears’ room (G-03).

Their teachers are Valerie Bateman, Heather Benjamin and Catherine Vladutiu

Our Preschool classes learn with an Episcopal curriculum called Weaving God’s Promises. The “Mission” of Weaving God’s Promises is:

  • To teach children how God’s promises are woven into our lives.
  • To teach children the way of Christ, not only in the church but also in the world.
  • To give children a solid grounding for future youth and high-school formation programs, which prepares them for Christian adulthood.
  • To foster the spiritual formation and growth of our children in Christ’s love and mercy and to teach the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Each class includes a story, a hands-on craft or activity and a snack.  All of our snacks are peanut-free.  Other allergies and special needs will be accommodated!  Please contact Boykin Bell at bbell@thechapelofthecross.org or 919-442-2565 if your child has allergies or special needs not noted on her registration form.

You can learn more at www.weavinggodspromises.org

The Godly Play class (Kindergarten-First Grade) meets in the Yates Basement, room G-24.

The story-tellers and door-keepers are Cynthia Duda, Maggie Wittekind, Tyson Hallet and Cathy Markatos.

Our kindergarten and first grade classes learn with Godly Play. Godly Play is a Montessori-based curriculum that invites children into the stories of our faith with special materials and trained story-tellers.  Children are encouraged to wonder and reflect on both Old Testament and New Testament stories during the year. Children are met at the Godly Play door and asked if they are ready to enter the sacred space where they will hear the stories and wonder together. Colored pencils, water colors, clay, beads, Legos and other reflection materials allow children to experience the stories more deeply. Each class ends in a “feast.”  All of our snacks are peanut-free.  Other allergies and special needs will be accommodated!  Please contact Boykin Bell at bbell@thechapelofthecross.org or 919-442-2565 if your child has allergies or special needs not noted on her registration form. You can learn more about Godly Play on the Godly Play youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/GodlyPlayFndn

The Second & Third Grade class meets on the Yates Second Floor, room 254

The teachers are Jess Aylor, Laura Holmes, Bill Langston and Georgirene Vladutiu

The Fourth & Fifth Grade class meets in the Yates Conference Room on the second floor

The teachers are Susan Munn and Susan Thomason.

Older Elementary (2nd – 5th) classes learn with Weaving God’s Promises supplemented with Godly Play stories and  Legos®.  We call these classes “hybrids.” Each class includes refreshments.  All of our snacks are peanut-free.  Other allergies and special needs will be accommodated!  Please contact Boykin Bell at bbell@thechapelofthecross.org or 919-442-2565 if your child has allergies or special needs not noted on her registration form.

The Middle School class meets on the third floor, in the youth classroom.

The teachers are Kara Kooken,  Leigh Ann and David Dasher, and Katie and Nick Vaughn.

Our Middle School class learns with Sparkhouse re:form, a video curriculum that encourages discussion using stories of the Ancestors of our faith. You can learn more at http://wearesparkhouse.org/teens/reform/ancestors/. Each class includes refreshments.  All of our snacks are peanut-free.  Other allergies and special needs will be accommodated!  Please contact Boykin Bell at bbell@thechapelofthecross.org or 919-442-2565 if your child has allergies or special needs not noted on her registration form.

The High School class meets in the third floor youth room.

The teachers are Dana Campbell, Dave Gilliam and Carter Kersh.

Our High School Class learns with FaithLens (a Lectionary-based curriculum), Jeopardy Games, discussion and more. Our experienced high school teachers adjust lessons to best suit the learning styles of the group.  It’s our own little miracle! Each class includes refreshments.  All of our snacks are peanut-free.  Other allergies and special needs will be accommodated!  Please contact Boykin Bell at bbell@thechapelofthecross.org or 919-442-2565 if your child has allergies or special needs not noted on her registration form.

Church School is not like other schools.

We hope that in the brief time students are with us each week, they feel free to wonder and express themselves, to question and to wrestle with their faith.  A Behavior Expectations Policy is in place to ensure that all children feel this freedom.

All children and youth should feel welcomed and safe in our church school classrooms.   The members of each class will together write a behavior policy which will be signed by the children and teachers.  The policies will include these basic principles:

  • All children and teachers will be respected. There will be no bullying.
  • The classrooms and supplies will also be treated with care.
  • If a child disrupts his or her class, the teacher will speak to the child on the day the disruption occurs and remind the child that the behavior is disruptive and unacceptable.
  • If a child disrupts the class a second time, the teacher will notify the Christian Formation office. The Director of Christian Formation will contact the child’s parents.
  • If a child disrupts the class a third time, the teacher will again notify the Christian Formation office. Boykin Bell will contact the child’s parents.  The child will be asked to “sit out” of class the following Sunday.  If appropriate, clergy and/or other staff will be involved with follow-up to ensure that the child and his/her classmates can fully engage in and enjoy the church school year.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Director of Christian Formation Boykin Bell at bbell@thechapelofthecross.org or 919-442-2565.