Jesus said: “Let the little children come to me. Never hinder them! Don’t you realize – the kingdom of God belongs to those who are like children?” (Luke 18:16)
To the parents of young children:
- RELAX! God put the wiggles and giggles in children; help channel their excitement so they are engaged in the worship service.
- Consider sitting toward the front where it is easier for little ones to pay attention to what’s going on.
- Softly explain the parts of the service and actions of the pastors, musicians, and leaders. Point and read along in the bulletin.
- Sing the hymns and speak the responses out loud with enthusiasm. Pray silently when the time is right. Children learn by copying you.
- If you have to leave the Sanctuary with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back!
- Attend worship as often as possible. Children thrive in routines where they can participate.
The changing table is located in the single stall restroom toward the Sunday School wing (across from the women’s restroom). Nursing parents are welcome to feed their babies anywhere in our church.
Feel free to ask an usher, or the person next to you, for anything you may need.
To those sitting next to small children:
- Smile at children and parents. Getting out the door in the morning sometimes is such a challenge. Go out of your way to welcome those with little ones.
- Encourage parents when you see them engaging with their children in worship. If a little one is curious next to you, softly explain what is happening in service.
- It’s a process to learn the routine of worship. Talking, crying, laughing, singing, and other sounds of children are a reminder of the journey we are all on together in this space.
- Share your story! Children learn through stories. We all need role model in growing our faith.
In the ritual of baptism, we as a congregation commit to celebrate, love, support and care those in our community. We pray that worship be a space where we live in to this covenant together.