This worship service celebrates the power of God at work in the life of children. There is no better way for children to learn of the love of God than in the midst of joyful worship.
We recognize children are fidgety, sometimes loud. Children need to move around to see what is going on. They perceive the world and think about things in a way different from adults. Rather than force children to be little adults in church, we honor who they are. We also encourage family life by giving them a place to worship together in a way that makes sense to children without neglecting the spiritual needs of adults.
This worship service is designed with families of young children in mind. We project the words of the prayers and the songs on the wall so parents’ hands may be free to manage small children. The music is accessible to children without being “childish.” It touches their hearts while expressing an adult faith.
The children come and sit on the steps of the altar to hear a message that has been prepared to connect with young minds. Children are very concrete and practical in their thinking. If they can’t see it, it doesn’t mean a thing. Children learn to pray in an environment that holds their attention and engages their imagination.
Other aspects of the worship service include prayer and a ceremony that invites children to cast their sorrows and regrets of the past week onto seashells. Everyone can come up and take a shell during the service. Following the confession we bring them up to the font, place them in a bowl where water is poured over them as the priest pronounces the absolution, and their sorrows and regrets are washed away.
Worship lasts about 45 minutes. After communion and dismissal the children meet their teachers in the social (Edwards) hall for a brief social time and then go to room 1 for Godly Play.
Adults can grab a cup of coffee and bagel in Edwards Hall and while listening to the Adult sermon, or attend one of the other class offerings during what we call The Point.