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Children’s Church

Children in Worship, 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services, Sanctuary
Children are important members of our worshiping community. We promise at baptism “to guide and nurture our children by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging our children to know and follow Christ.” Remembering this promise and knowing that children learn best by “doing,” children are always welcome to participate fully and remain in worship with their families. The presence of children in our sanctuary is a gift and a reminder of how our church is growing and thriving. Children’s bulletins and Bibles are available every Sunday at the children’s tables located in the Narthex, and at the left and right sides of the choir loft.

Children’s Church, 11:00 a.m. Worship Service, Children’s Chapel
We offer Children’s Church on most Sunday mornings beginning in late August through mid May. The main purpose of Children’s Church is to provide a space and worship time created just for children to better support their learning of how and why we worship together in “big church.” During Children’s Church, the children will learn and experience the many ways we worship in the sanctuary – we worship God by listening to God’s Word, singing to God, praying to God, and giving to God. We will also follow the Narrative Lectionary in Children’s Church just like in big church so that the words and Bible stories the children hear in Children’s Church will be the same or similar to the words and stories that parents hear in the sermon. Learn more about the Narrative Lectionary here.

Children’s Church is an important developmental time for children, but there are times when children remaining in worship and watching and learning from their parents is even more valuable. Children are invited to remain in the sanctuary on Communion Sundays (1st Sunday of every month), the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Lessons and Carols) and on Easter. We will not have Children’s Church on these special Sundays.

When a child begins his or her 2nd Grade Year, they will begin to remain in the sanctuary for the 1st AND 3rd Sundays of the month. We will celebrate this big step for our 2nd graders as they transition into remaining in worship on World Communion Sunday, the 1st Sunday of October, at the 11:00 a.m. worship service.

Our Children’s Church Routine

We gather together after the passing of the Peace in
the sanctuary and walk to the Children’s Chapel.

 

We light the Christ candle, take a deep
breath, and get ready to worship.

 

We open our Bibles, find Squiggles,
and the morning’s Bible story.

 

We HEAR God’s Word.

 

 

We respond to God’s Word and wonder together.
We pass around the Church Mice, Mary Rose and Benjamin as we share.

 

 

We PRAY to God. We thank God and ask for God’s
help or for God to help others.

 

 

We GIVE to God. We pass around our Fill the Ark
Offering plate and sing the Doxology.

 

 

We SING to God.

 

 

We are sent in the Name of God.
We sing the benediction, the “good word.”

 

Worship With Us

Worship Times

Sunday Worship: 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Sunday School
Sunday School Begins August 25, 9:45 – 10:40 a.m.

Children’s Sunday School
Youth Sunday School
Adult Sunday School

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