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Children’s Ministry

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We offer childcare during Sunday School for children 0-2 years old. During worship service, childcare will be for children from 0-4 years old. We have a wonderful paid childcare worker who is background checked, is certified in infant and child CPR and First Aid, and has many years of childcare experience. All children should be checked in and out with the paid childcare worker. We provide snacks each week, but if your child has special needs, please let Nick or Julie (the childcare worker) know and they will be happy to help you out. All children in childcare are invited to stay in church for the beginning of the service until the Time with the Younger Church.

Sunday School

Our Sunday School curriculum is “Feasting on the Word,” which takes us through the Lectionary. Each week children, youth, and adults will discuss the same scripture passages in ways that are appropriate for each age group. You will know the answer to the question “what did you learn today?” It is our hope that we will give your whole family a Biblical grounding to continue the conversation at home.

Kids’ Own Worship

Children 5-10, immediately following the Time with the Younger Church, will leave the sanctuary and continue their education and worship downstairs in the Sampson Building. Each week they will explore Grace and Gratitude in a fun and engaging time designed just for them.

Communion Class

Coming before the Table of the Lord (also known as the Eucharist or Communion) is essential to the Christian Experience and is one of two sacraments in our church (the other is baptism). Our governing documents state that “all who come to the table are offered the cup, regardless of their age or understanding” (w-3.0409). However, it is our goal to give children a better understanding of this sacrament. So for the last two Sundays of Lent (April 2nd and 9th) during Kids’ Own Worship we will offer a class on Communion. Any child or youth who would like a better understanding are welcome to join us, but it is specifically designed for children in 3rd-5th Grades. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

A Note about Children in Church

Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome! Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on. They tire of seeing the backs of others heads. Quietly explain the parts of the Service and actions of the pastor, ushers, choir, etc. Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you. If you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”  Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.