Children and Youth
The greatest gift that a congregation can give herself is a time for the community to gather in study, fellowship, and prayer; St. Cross has taken that beautiful gift and wrapped it in a great big bow at 9:00 each Sunday morning.
Birth – 3 years
An accessible, engaging nursery is one of the first places perspective members with young children look for and ours is just that. Our nursery caregivers are dedicated to our youngest members and guests, week after week. Stop by and thank them for being the first stop on the path to membership for many of our visitors.
4 years - 3rd grade students
Godly Play is a Montessori based children’s curriculum that was created by Jerome Berryman, an Episcopal Priest. St. Cross has used it for nearly a decade and we are raising inquisitive, reflective students who ‘wonder’ through an exploration of our faith. Our talented, certified Children’s Ministers nurture our youngest members through exper…Read More »
4th - 6th grade students
Our upper elementary students study scripture through this lectionary-based curriculum from Sparkhouse Publishing. Each student receives a Connect bible from which they explore and their nurturing teachers familiarize them with the flow and structure of our holy texts. Supplemented with video presentations, games, and hands-on activities each student is …Read More »
6th - 8th grade students
6th and 7th grade students participate in Rite 13, which is a two-year program designed to build faith self-esteem in the context of the Christian community. The main themes of the Rite 13 program are: using creative energy for change in the world, building cross-gender friendships, establishing the church as a “safety zone,” teaching freedom and res…Read More »
9th & 10th grade students
These pilgrims are members of J2A (Journey to Adulthood), which has four main goals: to celebrate the transition from youth to adulthood; to train young people in the skills of Christian adulthood; to explore the mystery of our faith heritage; and to establish experience in the strength of community and liturgy. The J2A program culminates in a pilgrimag…Read More »
11th & 12th grade students
Our confirmation program for post-pilgrimage students and, this spring, many former pilgrims chose to confirm their faith by participating in one of seven sacraments of The Church, Confirmation. Our newest cycle of recent pilgrims has been busy this fall with expertly guided explorations other liturgical expressions within the Episcopal Church by visiti…Read More »
During an unprecedented time of extracurricular activities and programmed schedules for teens, The Upper Room provides a monthly time to gather in a free-form to dine, study, and play together. This year’s tent-pole events were the White Elephant Gift Exchange at Christmas, Diocesan Youth LA City Pilgrimage, Vacation Bible School leadership, All Saint’s Celebration, the Dioc…Read More »
Vacation Bible School continues to be a wonderful outreach with our community at the beginning of July. Using Group Publishing’s Cave Quest, the students explored faith and fellowship with St. Crossians and our neighbors in the South Bay. VBS continues to be an extraordinary hosting opportunity for our community.
A new tradition with St. Cross this year was our installation for Pentecost. From the organ loft to the chancel steps, nearly a quarter-mile of glittery tulle was draped in the church. This labor of love added to a stunning worship experience. Our team looks forward to carrying the tradition forward, throughout Pentecost, and with glitterless tulle this year. We shared the tu…Read More »
The more that I hear about this wonderful tradition, the more pride I have for being a part of it. Like all good traditions, no one is quite sure when it began but one thing is for sure, this community is very proud of it. From lighting and to fog machines, music to staging, this gift to ourselves is as much a process of love as a performance. Like any experience, the memory l…Read More »