Children

 

We love the joyful noise of children!  They’re always welcome in all of our worship services, and we try to have something for the little ones every time the adults gather. 

 

In order to enhance your children’s worship experience, you’ll find a variety of children’s items on the table in the Narthex (the entry hall) .  Children’s Bulletins and bags of crayons provide games and coloring pages based on the day’s gospel lesson for ages 3-6 and for ages 7-12.  And there’s also a basket of Bible Story Books for children to look at or read during the service. 

Nursery

 

If you prefer that your child not be in the worship service, during our 10:30 service we have nursery care available for little ones up to two years old; a greeter will be happy to show you to our nursery.  There you’ll find a dedicated, loving volunteer who’s eager to care for your little one.  Most parents choose to get their little ones from the nursery at the Peace so the whole family can be together for Communion.

Children’s Sermon

 

After the second lesson is read at the 10:30 service, children of all ages are invited forward for the Children’s Sermon, a special message just for them.  Afterward, those ages three through second grade who choose will process out of the church for Children’s Chapel. 

Children’s Chapel

 

A volunteer will lead the children ages three through second grade out of church after the Children’s Sermon at the 10:30 service.  Children will enjoy an age-appropriate presentation of the gospel lesson and then have a chance to respond to it.  This time is led by a variety of creative and loving teachers using the Celebrate the Good News curriculum, and parents are always welcome to accompany their child.  The children will return to join their families at the Peace.

 

Godly Play

 

At 9:30 on Sunday mornings children age three through second grade gather for Godly Play.  They leave their shoes in the hallway as a reminder that, when they enter the classroom, they’re on holy ground.  The storyteller for that week shares with the children one of the stories of our faith - the story of Moses and the burning bush, or maybe the story of the boy Jesus in the temple.  The stories are told using simple wooden figures that show the action without filling in all the blanks.  In Godly Play, the goal is to create a space in which God can speak to the children and they can listen.  Open-ended questions about the stories encourage children to listen for what God might be teaching them.  Then children respond to the stories: some draw or paint what they’ve heard, while others use our many age-appropriate reference books to learn more.  Children then share a feast together and pray before returning to their parents.

 

Godly Play Schedule

Kids’ Choir

 

During Advent and Lent our kids sing an anthem each week during the 10:30 service.  They gather at 5:30 Wednesday afternoons to practice singing and dancing and playing simple rhythm instruments.  Then they stay for supper and our seasonal kid-friendly worship service.  All the songs are simple enough for non-readers to learn and fun enough to engage the kids.  They’ll be singing them all year long!

 

Brick by Brick

 

Children in grades three through six gather to help tell the stories of their faith at 9:30 on Sunday mornings.  They’ll wonder together about where they are in the stories and what God is saying to them through those stories.  Then they’ll respond to the stories by building something in them out of Legos.

 

Brick by Brick Schedule

Vacation Bible School

 

For a week each summer our buildings are transformed into an ancient city: Rome in the time of the apostle Paul’s imprisonment, or Egypt during the time of Joseph, for example.  The entire family will journey together through the ancient city, singing songs together, hearing first-hand accounts from the year’s main character together, playing authentic games together, and exploring the many activities in the marketplace shops together.  We meet in the evenings, so adults and children can experience Vacation Bible School together, and we even provide supper!

 

Journey to Adulthood

 

Teenagers are beginning the wonderful and horrible process of becoming men and women rather than children.  This fabulous curriculum will give them the skill and companions they need for that journey.  They meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 for games and silliness and also some deep conversations about themselves, their relationship with God,  their relationship with their parents, their role in society, and how they intend to live out their faith.

 

Journey to Adulthood Schedule