This group’s purpose is to study the child’s experience in worship and to plan for ministries that grow young worshipers and a supportive faith community.
Some people brought their children to Jesus so that he could bless them by placing his hands on them. But his disciples told the people to stop bothering him. When Jesus saw this, he became angry and said: “Let the children come to me! Don’t try to stop them. People like these little children belong to the kingdom of God. I promise you that you cannot get into God’s kingdom, unless you accept it the way a child does” (Mark 10: 13-15 CEV)
Scripture tells us how to understand children in worship. They belong. In fact, Jesus not only welcomed children to himself to bless them, but he also used their receptivity to him as an example of what we adults sometimes forget. Faith or trust in Jesus is the heart of our Christian life for all of us.
In our Children in Worship Ministry, we are working on ways to nurture Calvary’s children in worship and to assist parents and congregation members in supporting the child’s worship. Earlier this spring we held a meeting with parents of younger children to discuss what this ministry has been working on, to ask what were their needs, and to ask what they would like to see for the future of this ministry.
Here is some of what we have been working on since then:
Kid Friendly pews now available!
Families with children, we invite you to sit in the front two rows (left side) of the sanctuary on Sundays, where there will be children-friendly books and interactive items to help guide your children through the worship service. We believe that for many children, sitting in the front of the sanctuary will assist families in being connected and engaged in the worship services. Children sitting up front are able to easily watch and wonder about worship! If you have questions or ideas for how we can encourage our children's worship, please be in touch with our children in worship group (Kristen Boone, chair, Jo Ellen Johnson, Amanda Skinner, Lisa Hunkele, or Pastor Debbie)