A Progressive Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Christ Episcopal Church
Education
Copyright 2017 Christ Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire  03801     603-436-8842     christportsnh@comcast.net

Little Blessings Childcare Center

The first Licensed Plus center in the state, Little Blessings serves 71 children, ranging in age from six weeks to five years old. It has five separate classes, managed by a staff of twenty full time and two part time employees. In addition to teachers and caregivers, there are administrators, a bookkeeper, and a cook. The organization is owned by and housed in Christ Episcopal Church. It is monitored by an Advisory Board, which includes a Chairperson, two staff representatives, two parent representatives, two parishioners, and two community members. The Director of Little Blessings attends Board meetings as a non-voting member.

Our Labyrinth

We have a lovely Labyrinth nestled within four maple trees in the church front yard. Always open, it is a Medieval Modified Chartres Labyrinth with 9 circuits and paths 3 feet wide wide for wheelchair access. The path is grass; the border is brick. Installed in 2005, it is 60 feet in diameter.
Christian Education and Formation

Bible Study and Adult Formation

On Wednesday evenings (except during Lent) members of Christ and Trinity Churches gather for Bible Study from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Trinity Church (200 High St., Hampton). Mike Spinelli helps to organize the study and guide the discussion. Additionally, there are short-term programs of adult formation offered at Christ Church at various times throughout the year. Please contact us for more information (603-436-8842).

Lenten Study

Each Lent we gather Sundays at noon for a simple lunch, prayer and an organized study program. Members of both Trinity Church and Christ Church enjoy shared converation, offering reflections related to our spiritual lives. Our 2017 series is titled, “Five Marks of Love.”

Sunday School

Christ now has expanded children’s programming during services. The Sunday School programming focuses on the Gospel reading for that particular Sunday. This is an approximately forty-five minute session. Programming is provided each Sunday year-round. We follow the safe-church rules and always have two adults and an open door policy. We seek to tell the story in a way that children can understand. As the attention span of these children is about 2-5 minutes we move into craft mode quickly. The crafts also are linked to the Gospel of the week or one of the Bible readings, or a specific holiday. During craft time, we discuss what we've learned about Jesus and God that day. The program is simple: 'Jesus loves me' and 'God is good'. How can you help? We are always looking for parishioners who are willing to help on Sunday mornings as substitutes, teachers, or aides. Please contact the Shared Ministry church office at trinity55ad@gmail.com or call 603-436-8842. Safe Church training is required by the Diocese for anyone working with children and youth in the congregation. For mor information and training dates and places, click on this link: Safe Church.
A Progressive Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Christ Episcopal Church
Education
Copyright 2017 Christ Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire  03801     603-436-8842     christportsnh@comcast.net

Little Blessings Childcare Center

The first Licensed Plus center in the state, Little Blessings serves 71 children, ranging in age from six weeks to five years old. It has five separate classes, managed by a staff of twenty full time and two part time employees. In addition to teachers and caregivers, there are administrators, a bookkeeper, and a cook. The organization is owned by and housed in Christ Episcopal Church. It is monitored by an Advisory Board, which includes a Chairperson, two staff representatives, two parent representatives, two parishioners, and two community members. The Director of Little Blessings attends Board meetings as a non- voting member.

Our Labyrinth

We have a lovely Labyrinth nestled within four maple trees in the church front yard. Always open, it is a Medieval Modified Chartres Labyrinth with 9 circuits and paths 3 feet wide wide for wheelchair access. The path is grass; the border is brick. Installed in 2005, it is 60 feet in diameter.
Christian Education and Formation

Bible Study and Adult Formation

On Wednesday evenings (except during Lent) members of Christ and Trinity Churches gather for Bible Study from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Trinity Church (200 High St., Hampton). Mike Spinelli helps to organize the study and guide the discussion. Additionally, there are short- term programs of adult formation offered at Christ Church at various times throughout the year. Please contact us for more information (603-436-8842).

Lenten Study

Each Lent we gather Sundays at noon for a simple lunch, prayer and an organized study program. Members of both Trinity Church and Christ Church enjoy shared converation, offering reflections related to our spiritual lives. Our 2017 series is titled, “Five Marks of Love.”

Sunday School

Christ now has expanded children’s programming during services. The Sunday School programming focuses on the Gospel reading for that particular Sunday. This is an approximately forty-five minute session. Programming is provided each Sunday year-round. We follow the safe-church rules and always have two adults and an open door policy. We seek to tell the story in a way that children can understand. As the attention span of these children is about 2-5 minutes we move into craft mode quickly. The crafts also are linked to the Gospel of the week or one of the Bible readings, or a specific holiday. During craft time, we discuss what we've learned about Jesus and God that day. The program is simple: 'Jesus loves me' and 'God is good'. How can you help? We are always looking for parishioners who are willing to help on Sunday mornings as substitutes, teachers, or aides. Please contact the Shared Ministry church office at trinity55ad@gmail.com or call 603- 436-8842. Safe Church training is required by the Diocese for anyone working with children and youth in the congregation. For mor information and training dates and places, click on this link: Safe Church.