Children are an important part of our community. We celebrate the children as they join the service, after the confession, by singing to them. Each week, the preschoolers and Godly Play children share their project and what they have learned during their class time with the congregation. They also participate in bringing up food for our Outreach Program for a blessing. The children are cared for by a wonderful group of adult and youth volunteers. All volunteers have completed the “Safeguarding God’s Children” course.
The Rev. Carla Robinson
Director of Ministries for Children, Youth, and Families
Nursery – newborn to 4-year-olds
Our large and cheery room is perfectly set up for children ages newborn to four years old. Nursery care is available during the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. church service. There are many loving and caring adults and youth that volunteer to take care of the children. Nursery care is open for various parish events with advanced planning. The children participate in Bible stories and crafts/activities that match the Lectionary Readings for the day. We also supplement with lessons appropriate to special occasions and church seasons.
Godly Play – K-5th Grade
We begin Sunday mornings at 10:20 a.m. with the children kindergarten through 5th grade. They are invited to “wonder” in Godly Play. Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach to guiding children in their faith development. Each child is welcomed into the Godly Play classroom. Then they are invited to join the circle of other children on the floor. An adult storyteller shares a story from the Bible or from our faith traditions. When the story is finished, the children are encouraged to “wonder” about the story. Then the children have time on their own to explore the materials to retell the story, work on a self-guided craft that relates to the story, read a story, or enjoy some quiet time. Sometimes, a feast is shared. The children join the church after the confession. Godly Play does not meet during the summer months. We do have a Sunday School Program for them. For more information about Godly Play, visit the Godly Play Foundation website here: http://www.godlyplayfoundation.org