To the parents of young children, may we suggest...
Relax! We know God put the wiggle in children, so don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. We are all welcome just as we are! Here are some suggestions to help your little ones get the most out of worship:
- Try sitting toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on. They tire of seeing just the backs of other people's heads.
- Quietly explain the parts of the service and the actions of the ministers, elders, choir, etc.
- Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn worship behavior by copying you.
- If you have to leave the service with your child for some reason, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”
- Remember: The way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the church, to God, and to one another. Let them know they are at home in this house of worship.
- Please visit our Children's Worship Center in the hall outside the sanctuary. There you will find worship totes, books, and other materials to help make your child feel comfortable and welcome.
A reminder to our other adults members and visitors in worship:
- The presence of children is a gift to the Church and a reminder that our congregation is growing.
- Welcome those children among us and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.
- The way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.