Youth and Family Ministry
Jesus took a little child and put it among them and taking it in his arms he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:36-37)
You may notice there are many different people in church today: different shapes, sizes, genders, colors, ages and abilities. We want everyone to be active participants in this community, including children!
Participating in Worship
We encourage you to bring children to worship. Please sit close to the front or to an aisle so children can see. Children can stand on a chair if that will help them see. If they need to step out, don’t feel like you are interrupting anyone. Relax! God put the wiggle in children. Don’t feel like you have to suppress it in God’s house. We want children to know they are safe in this house of worship.
We encourage children to participate in worship when we stand, when we sit, when we sing and when we pray. We also invite children to carry the wine or bread during the offering. As they grow, we invite them to fully participate in the leadership of worship by becoming assisting ministers, readers, communion ministers, ushers and musicians. A “Child’s Guide to Worship” is available to help them understand and engage in worship. Don’t be afraid to whisper through the service to help your child follow along.
Children’s Sermon and Creation Station
We gather the children before the reading of the gospel to help them connect to the message for the day. Then they may go to the Creation Station. We have created this unique space for children to use during the sermon. Feel free to sit on the floor and use the table to engage in one of the activities found in the folders. During the sermon, we help them create a gift that they bring to the table as their offering.
Should your child need a short break from worship, feel free to continue worshiping with your child from the lobby. Should your child need a longer break from worship, we have a nursery available for infants through 5 year olds in room 5 just down the hallway past the bathrooms. An usher can help you find the room.
Children are welcome to eat at our great big family table of Holy Communion. If your child expresses interest in taking communion (by asking or by reaching out), they are ready to learn more. Please consult with Pastor Rick. We offer classes for children of different ages to begin a journey of understanding the mystery of Holy Communion, and these classes can come even after they begin participating. Remember, the gift of Jesus’ forgiveness is free for all. There is really nothing you can do to “be ready.”