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Sundays
8:30 a.m. | 9:45 a.m. | 11 a.m. | Sanctuary

Saturdays
Genesis Service | 6 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

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Luke 18:16: But Jesus called them to him, saying,
"Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God."


We welcome you and your child in worship! We encourage you to reference these tips below to help involve your child in the worship of our God.

Children learn how to participate in worship by being in worship. However, many parents worry about how their child will behave or whether he/she is absorbing anything that happens. Following are a few tips to help you help your child feel comfortable in worship:

  • Relax! God put the wiggle in children—don't feel you have to suppress it in God's house.
  • Pick up a worship kit for your child in the baskets outside the Sanctuary.
  • Sit near the front. It is easier for children to see what is happening and stay engaged.
  • Save the Children's Bulletin your child received when entering the Sanctuary for use during the sermon.
  • Use a gentle touch: an arm around your child's shoulder or your hand in his/hers gives reassurance and appropriate attention.
  • Explain quietly the parts of the service.
  • Help your child find the pages in the hymnal. Use the book marks in the worship kit. As you sing, move your finger along the words to help your child learn how to read a hymn.
  • Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn good behavior in church by copying yours.
  • Encourage them to come to children's sermon and ask them to participate in the message.
  • Allow your child to help pass the offering plate and put money into it.
  • Following the service, ask your child how he or she experienced God in worship today. This helps set the expectation that we do encounter God in worship.
  • Always remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to church, God, and Christ. Let them know that they are at home here at First United Methodist Church.

Additionally, we offer the following:
 

Worship Kits are small bags of activities provided during each worship service. They can be picked up near the Children's Chapel Table in the Narthex (outside the Sanctuary). Please return the Worship Kit to the basket following the worship service.

Children's Worship Bulletins are specially designed for children and are available from the ushers upon entry to the Sanctuary. They offer special activities for children that supplement the lectionary scripture texts for the day.

Live Video Broadcast of the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship is available in W120 (Bride's Room) for those who need to soothe young children.

Nursing Mother's Room is located in room C105. Equipped with rocking chairs and a live video broadcast of the worship services, it provides a quiet, comfortable atmosphere for nursing mothers.

Nursery (infants to age two): Our church community recognizes the importance of the loving, caring environment you desire for your child during worship. Silent pagers are provided for parents, and a positive-identity system is in place.
Infants (C101) • Walkers (C102) • Talkers (C104)
 

Tot Watch (age two as of Sept. 1) is available in C107 during the 11 a.m. service. Children attending Sunday school can remain for the second hour, or children may come just for 11 a.m. worship. A short lesson and age appropriate activities are provided by paid staff.

Children’s Chapel (age three as of Sept. 1 through age 4) is a child-friendly worship during the 11 a.m. service. Following  the Children's Sermon, children meet workers outside the Sanctuary. Sign in at the table in the Narthex before worship and get a nametag for your child. Pick up your child in C116 following worship.

Children’s Choir (grades kindergarten - 5) meet weekly on Sundays from 5-6 p.m. We participate monthly in services, perform at Christmas Pageant and Spring musical. Visit the Children's Choir page for more information.  

 

More Worship Opportunities for Elementary Children:


Kindergarten Worship Unit

During the spring semester (March-May), the kindergarten Sunday school class will participate in a twelve-week study about worship and sanctuary exploration. During this time, the children will learn what worship means, the different parts of the worship service, special hymns, and participate in their own worship time. Information is provided for parents to help reinforce this learning during worship. The study culminates in a special family worship time on a Sunday morning during Sunday school with a family fellowship activity to follow the 11 a.m. worship service. As the Kinder Worship Unit begins, kindergarten students will transition out of Children's Chapel and transition into staying in worship with their families. Kindergartners can pick up a special worship kit from their Sunday school class prior to worship that coincides with their Kinder Worship lesson that week. Applied experiential learning is a wonderful way for children to process and internalize everything they are learning about worship in their Sunday school lesson.

Acolytes
Students in grades 4–6 have the opportunity to participate in the worship service by serving as an Acolyte. Acolytes carry the cross and the light into worship and assist in Holy Communion and Baptisms. Training sessions are held in August or early September.

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