Children are very welcome at St. Chrysostom’s church! We are guided by Jesus’ invitation to children “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15) 

Adults have much to learn about God from children. Little ones often express a openness to God and a sense of wonder that adults struggle to regain. So not only do we hope to serve children, but we need them to teach us adults. There are many ways we bring children into the life of our parish. Some events are yearlong like joining a Sunday School class, and others are seasonal events, special formation programs, or just the chance to play together in our great gym. We hope you find a place for your family. Please contact Director of Children’s Ministries Will Bouvel to talk more about what programs might be right for you.


Children’s Chapel

  • During 9am Sunday worship all year long
  • All children are invited to follow the banner to chapel before the sermon

Sunday School for ages 3-12 (Learn more here)

  • Meets at 10:00 in the undercroft classrooms and includes a snack     
  • Led by fantastic teachers who are Keeping God’s Children Safe trained     
  • Classes meet from September to May (Check current schedule here)     
  • Registration is not required but is encouraged (Register here)     
  • Drop in any Sunday! Just follow the banner after the 9:00 service to find your class

Free Play in the Gym after Sunday School.

Special Children’s Formation Programs      

  • First Solemn Communion 
  • St. Chrysostom's Summer Camp     
  • Adult and teen volunteers are welcome and needed for these large outreach ministries!     
  • Email to sign up for these special programs

Children’s Choir (Learn more here)   

  • Thursday afternoon rehearsals at 4:15   
  • Occasional Sunday morning performances    
  • Email to learn more

Children’s Worship leadership needed!      

  • Children lead us in worship regularly at our 9:00 Sunday service      
  • They can serve as acolytes, ushers, readers, cantors, or musicians     
  • Email to sign up your child

Beach Sundays

  • Occasional trips to the lakefront beaches throughout the summer

Children and Family Events Schedule

Throughout the year, we gather for formative events which provide a holistic approach to the spiritual growth and engagement of our young people.

Fall Events - 2019

  • September 15th - Kick off Sunday, Blessing of the Backpacks, 9am 

  • September 15th - Sunday School registration and open house, 10am 

  • October 6th - St Francis Day Pet Blessing 4pm

  • October 18th - Family Gala celebration for Capital Campaign and Stewardship 5:30-8:30pm

  • October 31st - Trick or Treat on Dearborn Street (meet at 4:30pm at church to travel as a group)"

  • November 24th - Advent Wreath Family Workshop, No Sunday School, 10am

  • November 24th - Fred Rogers Movie Outing at Arc Light North and Clybourn, around 4pm

  • December 6th - Carols by Candlelight and gingerbread houses, 5pm, 7:30pm

  • December 8th, 15th - Christmas Pageant rehearsals, 10am

  • December 22nd - Christmas Pageant during 9am Service 

  • December 22nd - Caroling with the Carillon, 3pm

  • December 24th - Christmas Eve Family Service, 4pm (Nursery Care Available)

Winter and Spring Events - 2020

  • January 20th - King Day of Service, (all day)

  • February 25th, Mardi Gras Pancake Palooza 5:30pm

  • March 8th - Sunday School play and family lunch outing 10:30-1:30

  • April 5th - Palm Sunday 

  • April 9th - Maundy Thursday 

  • April 12th - Easter Sunday

  • May 3rd - First Communion 9am 

  • May 10th - Mother’s Day, Culmination of Sunday School, 9am

  • May 16th - 17th - Second Annual Family Retreat to a State Park and Lodge CANCELLED