Godly Play

Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language - parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action - helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.

When Christian language is learned by the Godly Play approach, it is learned as a means to know God and to make meaning of our lives. This approach is quite different from the traditional model in which the teacher tells the children what they need to know. Godly Play is not about things that are that simple. It is not just about learning lessons or keeping children entertained. It is about locating each lesson in the whole system of Christian language and involving the creative process to discover the depths of meaning in them. It’s about understanding how each of the stories of God’s people connects with the child’s own experience and relationship with God. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.

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The goal of Godly Play is to show how to be open to the Holy Spirit, The Creator, and the Redeemer all at once and all the time in every place. To achieve this goal is to help children become deeply rooted as Christians and yet at the same time use this powerful language and community to be open and creative.

  • Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture.
  • Godly Play is based on long established, tried and tested approaches.
  • Godly Play encourages participants to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing the opportunity for them to connect the stories with their personal experience.
  • Godly Play is a non-coercive way to encourage people to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering questions and open-ended response time.
  • Godly Play values process, openness and discovery.
  • Godly Play is a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of their congregations as they develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols and rites.

Although it was originally developed as a resource for children, Godly Play is now being used with a wide range of age groups in a diversity of settings.

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Journey to Adulthood

Christ Church New Brighton offers the Journey to Adulthood Program, a complete program of spiritual formation for young people in grades 6 through 12. This rogram provides a liturgical frame for their experience in modern culture, fosters their individuality and independence, and instructs them on skills needed as adults in church and society.  It was developed over a ten-year period by the parishioners of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Durham, North Carolina, and has been tested in hundreds of churches across the country. 

Journey to Adulthood is based on two key concepts:  manhood and womanhood are gifts from God; and adulthood must be earned.  The program provides sacred space for young people to work through the questions and challenges posed by adolescence, as they continue to grow in their relationship with God and with each other. 

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The program is divided into three segments of two years each:  Rite 13, J2A, and Young Adults in the Church (YAC).  Classes remain together and are paired with the same adult mentors for each two year period to build trust and community.  New members are welcome at any time.  Enrollment for both Rite 13 and J2A is ongoing.  

Lisa RhoadesRite 13, the first segment of the Journey to Adulthood program, is a two year course of study open to students from 6th to 8th grade in which four areas  -- Self, Spirituality, Sexuality, and Society -- begin to be explored.  Rite 13 culminates in the Rite 13 ceremony, which will be celebrated a few times a year at the 10am Eucharist once the students reach their 13th birthday.  The Rite 13 ceremony is a way for the entire congregation to acknowledge the unique gifts and abilities of its young people, and invite them to take on a greater role in the church.

J2A, the second part of the Journey to Adulthood program for students from 9th through 12th grade, explores the four areas of Self, Spirituality, Sexuality, and Society in greater depth through inquiry-based teaching and discussion.  The leaders of this portion of the program also mentor teens in developing six critical skills that are essential for adulthood:  listening, negotiation, partnership, information management, and leadership.  The students embark on a pilgrimage together at the end of this two year segment.  This experience, along with Confirmation, is often the spiritual highlight of their youth.

Lisa Rhoades is the current Journey to Adulthood coordinator at Christ Church.

Youth Group

The Christ Church Youth Group will host or participate in a variety of events this fall—from going to the movies, serving at a soup kitchen, and helping out at fun parish wide events like our St. Nick’s Fair, we strive to provide a variety of fellowship and service activities for the young people in our parish and their friends.  You do not need to be a member of our parish in order for your young person to participate in these activities.

Middle and high school students are invited to join us at any (or all!) of the events listed.  All trips and programs are chaperoned and permission slips are collected.  Parents are ALWAYS welcome to join us and help out, as well.

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CCNB Youth Group 2015 Fall Activities

September 13, 2015

Parish wide picnic, 11:30 am.  CCNB oval.
Join us for a picnic following the 10 am service.  All are welcome.

September 13, 2015 Youth Group Picnic, 4 pm. 26 Valencia (home of Andrea and Peter Raff) This is the kickoff event for the Youth Group this fall.  Don’t miss this chance to catch up with old friends and make a few new ones, too!
October 4, 2015 Apple picking! We will meet in the oval following the 10 am Eucharist. (about 11:45).
October 17, 2015

St. Andrew’s Fright Night, 7 pm. Meet at CCNB oval. 
Once again we’ll get special easy-access to this scary Staten Island tradition. Come join us…if you dare!

October 24, 2015

Rite 13 Celebratory/Rehearsal Dinner.

October 30, 2015

Family Fun Night, 7 pm. CCNB Parish Hall.
Join us for a holiday celebration—no tricks, but lots of treats!

November 8, 2015

Leaf Raking, 12 pm-3 pm, Meet at CCNB oval.

Youth will rake and clear the yards of several parishioners and follow up with cider and donuts back in the Parish Hall. 
November 18, 2015

Holiday Basket assembly, 7 pm.  CCNB Parish Hall.
Come help assemble Thanksgiving meal baskets to be distributed to the homebound and food insecure.

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November 22, 2015

Building Bridges Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, 7 pm. Meet at CCNB Parish hall to travel together to this Island-wide event.

***Location and date to be confirmed***

December 5, 2015

St. Nick’s Fair, 10am – 4pm, Christ Church.  Youth will have a variety of social and service opportunities to help at this Christ Church Tradition.

December 12 , 2015 Trinity Lutheran Soup Kitchen, 11 am—1 pm. Meet at the TLC auditorium.  Youth Group will help prepare and serve close to 100 meals to guests at the weekly lunch.
December 16, 2015

Holiday Basket assembly, 7 pm.  CCNB Parish Hall.
Come help assemble Christmas meal baskets to be distributed to the homebound and food insecure.


The Christ Church nursery is an attractive sunlit room on the first floor of the parish hall across from the guild room, in which coffee hour is held each Sunday morning. On Sunday mornings the nursery is open and staffed from 9:45 am to Noon by a qualified paid employee of the church.  Each child must be signed in and out of the nursery by a parent or guardian.

Camp & College Scholarships

Christ Church offers camp and college scholarships through the Lehmann Family Scholarship Fund to active members of the parish. Scholarships are offered for one or two week sessions at Camp Incarnation, the Diocese of New York’s camp in Ivoryton, CT, or to YMCA camps. College scholarships of $500 are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have been admitted to a college, university or other accredited post-secondary program.

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