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

Their teachers are Stephanie Palmer, Caroline Williams.

 

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

Their teachers are Valerie Bateman, Heather Benjamin, Catherine Vladutui and Katie Vaughn.

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

 

Our Godly Play class meets in the Yates Basement, room G-24.

Our kindergarten and first grade classes learn with Godly Play.

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

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

 

 

Our Older Elementary (2nd – 5th) classes learn with “Weaving God’s Promises” supplemented with Godly Play stories and  Legos ® .  We call these classes “hybrids.”

The second and third grades meet on the Yates Second Floor, room 254

The teachers are Jess Aylor, Laura Holmes, Bill Langston and Rene Vladutui

 

The fourth and fifth grades Grade meet in the Yates conference room, overlooking the arboretum

The teachers are Susan Munn and Susan Thomason.

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.

 

Church School classes meet most Sundays from 10:15 – 11:05.

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.