“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ ” [Matthew 19:14]
Christian formation is a lifelong learning process of hearing and reflecting on the grace of God for us and for others. We are formed in worship, in community, in learning about the Gospel and Scripture, in service, and in fun! Children are invited to serve as acolytes and are invited to join in all our sacraments and rites: Eucharist, baptism, and confirmation. We also provide worship bags, which have a clipboard with an activity to help them reflect on the service, a sensory/fidget toy, and a take-home prayer journal.
On the first Sunday of the month, we offer a kids + families communion service at 9:30am. This service features a lesson taught by our church friends, songs, prayers, and communion. The service is scaled for kids, but not watered down theology--and is highly participatory. Our next one will be Sunday 5/1/2022 at 9:30am.
We offer nursery care for kids, so families have a choice about how and when kids join the worship service. Families may pick up the kids after the service or after the exchange of the peace so they can join in Holy Communion. Our nursery is staffed by paid professionals who have completed Safeguarding training.
During the service, children in the nursery will have a short Sunday School lesson (Scripture, Montessori-style discussion, and maybe a craft!).
Children are invited to help lead the parish in worship, by serving as junior crucifer (carrying the cross during the procession at the beginning and end of the service) or processing the Gospel book, bringing the Word of God to the people (processing up the aisle with the book and placing it on the altar at the beginning of the service). We ask that kids wishing to serve practice this with Rev. Gail or the officiant first.
Our children's table in the parish hall has books, coloring pages to pick up and family discussion cards for you to take home!