Our ministry with children
is a less programmed and more organic approach of
nurturing of children in faith. We do not have an
age segregated approach to anything in the community.
Our young people are
formed largely by being immersed in the life of the
congregation. We seek to bless children not only
with knowledge about our faith, but we hope to offer each
child the blessings of a relationship within the Body of
Jesus Christ. Spiritual formation invites us to
offer ourselves to the guidance of God's Holy Spirit to
the end that we would be formed in the pattern of Jesus
who showed us the way to be truly human.
Our planning for children currently
Dedicated Space ~
For children under age eight we provide a safe and healthy place in our
Childrenís Classroom for children to grow in a sense of
belonging under the leadership of a children's ministry
friendly spaces where the community gathers in the
Sanctuary and Social Hall invite children to be with the
community in our important activities.
Our childrenís library is full of books that are
theologically and visually rich in both our ancient and
contemporary understandings of faith.
Time of Wonder
Every child has a turn at leadership and sharing in worship over the course of time, pouring water into the baptismal font,
lighting candles, reading scripture, providing music, and
other emerging roles. Our
Time of Wonder and Blessing
invites children into the scriptures and themes being
explored in the community of faith for the week and month
in ways that are developmentally appropriate and connect
them to members of the community.
Activity packets are available for
the remainder of worship time for children whose families
wish them to remain in the Sanctuary rather than join a
continuation of wondering in the
Activity Time in the Childrenís Classrooms. Music activities are
provided in worship and in our family fun days.
Worship with the Family of Faith ~ Children
are sharing music, reading scripture, serving as Acolytes,
participating in sharing Christís peace, wondering about
our life in faith & being blessed by our congregation each
are welcome at Christís Table in our regular celebration
Learning & Practicing the Life of the Spirit Together
~ Families receive support and resources to support home
activities and growing in faith as a family. Weekly
in Worship, Activity Time, in annually offered Overnight
Retreats, & Family Activities we focus on Worship Arts,
Bible Study, Prayer, and Acting Justly in the world God so
With Our Service ~
Godís people of every age seek to show God's love
and justice, our children participate in the: Souper Bowl
Offering for Hunger, One Great Hour of Sharing,
Peacemaking, and in the needs of the life in our
congregation and neighborhood.
Leadership program is one
way middle and high school age young people serve while
learning professional music level skills ...
And Opportunities for Leadership ~ At Baptism the church promises not only to
nurture faith, but to recognize the ministry of children
in the life of the church. Our children assume
leadership roles very early (by age 3!) and are included
in all the areas of ministry in the congregation. Students
needing Community Service/Engagement hours for their study
programs work at the church as volunteer leaders in the
church office, the gardens and in individually designed
We take time to recognize the ways God has always
challenged us in the prophetís words, ďAnd a little child
shall lead themĒ.
Our children see us recognize that they are not
the future of the church, they are the church today!
Blessings, Pastor Linda