We welcome children in worship beginning at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. Nursery care is also available from the beginning of the service, located in the nursery just across the hall. Worship bags for readers and non-readers are available for your child’s use during the service.
Toward the beginning of the service we offer a “Time With Children,” welcoming our kids to come forward to hear a message especially for them. Following a Time With Children, infants and toddlers receive care in the nursery and children ages 3 -1st Grade use our outdoor playground (in inclement weather they meet in an upstairs classroom.) We ask first time parents to escort and sign their kids into childcare.
Adults with professional experience and teens provide our childcare. They are paid a living wage as part of our commitment to living justly. We practice safe sanctuary policies by ensuring that your child is cared for by two, unrelated providers during childcare. Parent volunteers also provide assistance on a rotating basis.
Children in 2nd-5th grades remain in worship, and we ask that parents help in fostering worshipful behavior as their children grow. Twice a month our 2nd-5th graders go to Extended Session following a Time With Children. Extended Session is led by two adults and offers a time of fellowship and fun for our upper elementary aged children.
Want to learn more? Contact Melissa Garrett, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following worship, children are invited to Godly Play and adults to Adult Education.
Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach to Christian education that values process, openness and discovery. Through Godly Play, the innate spirituality of children is nurtured and their imagination is awakened as they encounter the mystery of God. In our classroom, children are invited into biblical stories, worship, and the creative exploration of God’s presence among us. The rhythm of Godly Play mirrors the rhythm of worship, and the materials used to tell the biblical stories are beautifully crafted for children’s hands. Godly Play lessons are used with a wide range of age groups across denominations. Godly Play takes place throughout the school year, beginning in September and ending in May.