Archive for Children's Participation and Activities

May my children stay in the Sanctuary during the service?

You and your children should do whatever you feel most comfortable doing.

You are most welcome to keep your children in worship for the whole service. Some parents see helping their children learn to be a part of worship as an important part of children’s faith formation. Many families have discovered bringing special books or quiet activities and even small snacks help their children not get too restless. Activity Packs (a clipboard with pencils and markers, and activity pages) are available from a box at the front of the sanctuary near the choir risers. We keep them there because we offer them to children who are staying in the worship service after the Children’s Time, but you should also feel free to get an Activity Pack before the service begins.

If your children go to Childcare, or participate in Sunday School, we ask that you fill out a yellow “Registration Card for Children & Youth” which can be found in the chair-backs in the sanctuary and give to the staff member or teacher the first time they attend. This card gives parents/guardians a chance to give us any special information about your child that may be helpful, including allergies and other medical conditions. You should feel free to accompany your child to Childcare or Sunday School, especially if they are nervous the first few times.

What if my child becomes restless?

We understand some of the normal sounds of babies and toddlers are “sounds of life,” and a part of welcoming children and families as a part of our congregation. If your baby or toddler gets fussy, and seems to be distracting to the people around you, feel free to take them to the narthex (entryway area), where there are chairs, couches and a rocking chair. There is a speaker from the sound system in the sanctuary in the narthex, so you can comfort and distract your child and still listen to the service. If your child calms, you are welcome to re-enter the service.

You are welcome as well to take any children second grade and younger to Childcare at any point in the morning.

What if my child is too young or too active to sit through the service?

Parents are welcome to take children second grade to 6 years old to Childcare at any point in the morning, beginning at 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

What youth activities do you have?

Our youth schedule regular service, learning and fellowship activities. Check out the Youth Ministry webpage for info on current activities, or contact Elizabeth Nixon.