Ministries For Our Children



Nursery Services

For our youngest parishioners, nursery care is available from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Sundays and for other parish events. Children ages 6 weeks - 4 years old are welcome.  Older children may stay in the nursery during the Worship Services.  

Nursery Coordinator: Annika Derham

Nursery is in Claiborne House, ground floor, 

For more information: Contact the Otey Office (598-5926).



Time to sign up for the children’s pageant!

       Otey’s annual children’s Christmas pageant will be performed on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 4:00 pm. Children arrive at 3:30. The pageant will be followed by festive refreshments and music. Children of all ages are invited to participate. Parents sit with their children and help with singing and cues.

Parts are assigned based on desire and ability, and sometimes costume size! Costume fitting will take place during the Sunday school hour on December 8. Basic costumes are mostly provided, but may need supplementation or repair at home. You are also welcome to make your own.

Dress rehearsal is Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, ending with a pizza party. This is typically our only organized rehearsal, with parents coaching lines at home. Children who cannot attend rehearsal may take a walk-on role as an animal.

· Dec 8 – Costuming for children’s pageant, after the Godly Play story. Parent volunteers needed.

· Dec 14 – Children’s pageant rehearsal

· Dec 15 - Children’s Pageant

Jeannie Babb, Christian Formation Director
Interim Youth Director


Creche Service


Come to the Crèche, Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m.

A crèche /kreSH/ is a scene depicting the birth of Christ. The idea of building these scenes is attributed to St. Francis. The first crèche service was held at an outdoor Midnight Mass, where according to St. Bonaventure, Francis set an actual manger and brought in an ox and a donkey.

         At Otey, the Christmas Eve service includes a nativity scene built by children as the congregation sings Christmas songs. Otey’s creche is a beautiful and traditional set – yet not easily breakable – including the Holy Family with their donkey, an ox for the stable, and a number of shepherds. One is a shepherdess. They arrive with their sheep, following an angel that one child must place, very carefully, at the top of the stable.

The magi come last, and they do not quite arrive on Christmas. They are still traveling. You’ll notice them on a pedestal near the sacristry until Epiphany. A big thanks to Robin and Julia Bates, who graciously help each child place the pieces where they belong.

Please bring children 15 minutes early (3:45 p.m.) to select a crèche piece and receive instruction. Children will sit with their families until it is time to bring their person or animal to the cross. The children of Otey Parish, and children who visit relatives here in Sewanee, really enjoy participating in this beautiful service, which allows them to engage the story in a tangible way.