Children’s Chat & Children in Worship

Every Sunday during our one 10:30 a.m. worship service, Pastor Ryan calls up the children and gets them involved in a lively conversation related to his main message for the congregation that day. The Children’s Chat is enjoyable for adults too! After the chat – right before  Ryan’s sermon starts – is a good opportunity for parents to take children through kindergarten down to the nursery on our lower level. Or, they’re welcome to stay in the pews with you.ChildrensChat

For those with children

Welcome to Worship!

  • Relax! God put the wiggle in children. Don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house.
  • Children learn the joy of worship from you. Sing the hymns, pray, voice the responses. Allow your love for worship and the members of this church family to shine through.
  • Use a gentle touch: an arm around your child’s shoulder, your hand in hers/his to give reassurance and appropriate attention.
  • Explain quietly the parts of the service. It’s OK if young children stand on the pew to see to the front.
  • Help your child to find the pages in the hymn/song book, if they are relevant. Even though words are on the screen, beginning readers find it easier to read from a book with your finger following the words for them.
  • Use the children’s bulletins in the ‘quiet bags’ – you might like to restrict their use to the sermon time after the children’s address.
  • Some parents find that sitting towards the front of the church allows their children to see more and feel more involved. You are welcome to try this.
  • Always remember that the way we welcome children in the church directly affects the way they respond to church, God and Christ. Let them know they are at home in this service.

For those with very young children

Welcome to Worship!

  • Relax! Your child is very welcome here. They are a treasured part of this faith family, and their noise and action are a natural part of their presence among us.
  • Make worship a special time for you and your child. It’s a chance for cuddles and lap-time, for feeling the warmth of being together and in God’s house.
  • Show your child the special features around them – the candles, the church furniture, etc. As they grow, help them to feel involved in prayer time and singing. Bring them to the front for the children’s address and for the Lord’s Supper.
  • We understand that your child needs to learn about worship time, and that this can be a struggle sometimes. Be gentle on yourself and your child! If you need to withdraw, use the village room next to the foyer, where you should be able to hear the service while your child recovers. As soon as you are able, return to the church and try again. Many of those around you have been through the same process with their children.
  • There are ‘quiet bags’ stored in the foyer which might help your little one for a while, it’s amazing what they hear when they are busy drawing!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help and assistance when you need it. We would love to be a part of your family worship time.