We believe that children learn to worship by regularly attending Worship with their families. While we provide a Nursery during Worship for children ages six weeks through 3 years, children are welcome to come to services with their families, especially for the special intergenerational services scheduled throughout the church year. We provide Rainbow Bags that contain Bible storybooks and activities related to the days’ message which families can pick up from and return to baskets at the Sanctuary doors. The service is broadcast through our sound system into the church parlor, so that parents can take restless children there if needed.
Each Sunday Worship service includes “The Word for Children,” a time when the children are invited to come forward for a special message from one of the pastors.
During the 11:00 a.m. service, from the opening of school in the fall through May, we provide a special Children’s Worship program in the Chapel for children from 4K through Grade 1. The children begin the 11:00 service with their families in the Sanctuary. Then, after “The Word for Children,” they move to the Chapel with our Children’s Worship volunteers. There they learn basic components of Worship (e.g., the Lord’s Prayer) and have their own message based on the Live B.I.G. curriculum. Children’s Worship concludes with follow-up activities in Joseph’s Workshop in the Clark Building, where their families can pick them up after the service.
Our Children’s Choirs provide children from 4K through grade 6 with an introduction to hymns and the music of the church as well as an opportunity to sing in worship.
Periodically we offer a Sacraments class for children and their parents. The class introduces Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as important components of the process of growing in relationship to God and each other.
For more information about Children’s Worship, or to offer your services as a storyteller or other volunteer, please contact Jane Mullins (208-2139 / email@example.com).
February 29, 2012