In September 2013 we launched a new Sunday morning program for kids. Christian Discovery for Children and Youth takes place after the 10 a.m. worship service. We allow a short time for snacks and moving to other parts of the building, begin the sessions at 11:30 am, and finish by 12:15 pm.
Our current theme for fall of 2014 and spring of 2015 is The Year of the Story. Storytellers of many ages and from different walks of life are invited to come and retell stories from the Bible. In the fall, we explored “Desert Tales”—stories of Moses and the Exodus. Winter and spring will feature “Fishing Tales”—stories about Jesus and stories that Jesus told. Games, crafts, and music help the kids remember the stories and live into them.
Everyone in the congregation is invited to be part of this ministry of engaging the next generation in anticipating and discovering the joy and fullness of the experience of God in Christian community. We’re all called to pray, but there’s need for adults and kids to get involved in other ways too—there’s a place for you in Christian Discovery. Right now we are on the lookout for storytellers. It’s essentially a one-week commitment, and you are invited to tell your story any way you want. You can tell the story from memory, read from a children’s Bible, draw pictures, play videos, use puppets—whatever is fun and comfortable for you. If you want to know how you can be a part of our Christian Discovery program, click here to send an email. (On the pull-down menu, choose “Kids and Youth.”)
We believe children and young people have a place in worship! We welcome babies and children in the service, and a little fussing won’t faze us. A special area at the front right of our worship space includes a rocking chair, a padded floor, crayons and books to help keep little ones occupied, and quick access to a door if you need it. We have a play area with toys ready right outside the worship space where parents can tend to a child’s needs but continue to listen to the service. Our ushers will be happy to help you access these resources. Don’t hesitate to ask!
Young people are invited to participate in worship as their gifts, maturity, and desire unfold. We regularly invite children to assist ushers with bringing our food pantry offerings to the altar, even at the last minute! And our youth are considered full participants in worship life, serving as lectors, choir members, acolytes, and in other capacities.