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Nurturing our young people in the household of God.

Jesus said,

         "Let the little children come unto me

                                          and forbid them not."

 

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Our ministry with children is a less "programmed" and more "organic" approach of nurturing  of children in faith.  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 Jesus Christ, but we hope to offer each child the blessings of a relationship with 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 includes:

 

Nursery Space-For children under age eight we provide a safe and healthy place for children to grow in a sense of belonging under the leadership of a children's ministry team and a nursery attendant.

Time of Wonder- Every child at CHPC 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. Activity packets are available for the remainder of worship time for children whose families wish them to remain in worship rather than join activities in the nursery. Music activities are provided in worship and in our family fun days.

Worshipping with the Family of Faith We are Sharing Music,

Reading Scripture, Serving as Acolytes, participating in a Time of Wonder & Blessing the children in song, & each  week being blessed by our congregation!

Learning & Practicing Together the Life of the Spirit ~  Families receive a resources to support home activities and growing in faith as a family.  Weekly in Worship, Activity Time, in annually in Overnight Retreats, & Family Activities we focus on Worship Arts, Bible Study,  Prayer, and Acting Justly...

Service ~  Being people who seek to show God's love and justice, our children participate in the : Souper Bowl Offering for Hunger, One Great Hour of Sharing, Peacemaking...

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.  

Children need all of us to recognize that they are not the future

of the church, they are the church today!

 

Blessings, Pastor Linda