Worship and Children
Children Always Welcome in Worship
We delight in having children participate in worship and in the life of the parish. As an intergenerational congregation, we value what children add to our collective worship experience. You are invited to keep your child(ren) with you throughout the entire service. If your young one is a little wiggly, you are welcome to head to the back of the church and hang out with them... on the rug... or in a rocking chair... or standing... or laying down... or even dancing. If your child is under 5 or younger, they are welcome in our nursery.
Our education programs engage children in hearing the stories of the faith and in asking questions about what they mean to us today. Questions and doubts are joyfully explored together without preconceived "right answers" and without instilling a sense of fear, guilt, or dependency.
8:45 - 11:15 AM: Nursery Care (Infant to 5 years old)
Faith has at least two nursery attendants for Sunday worship. It is common (but not required) for parents to bring their children from the nursery into the service for Communion and then keep them there until the end. This is entirely optional.
8:45 - 9:45 AM: A Joyful Path (3rd - 5th Grade)
From the publisher: "A Joyful Path is truly progressive curriculum that is nature centered, joy-full, compassionate, and intelligent. This behavior over belief curriculum is non-dogmatic, inter-spiritual, and heart centered."
Seasonally: Junior Liturgists
We feel children should be a part of worship, and we recognize that children often need time to practice some of the skills of being involved in worship. We do this by holding Junior Liturgists gatherings a day or two before a day when children will be serving in worship. During Junior Liturgists, children get to rehearse the words, the songs, and the choreography of the celebration.