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Kids are Welcome in Liturgy

March 29th, 2018 | Chris Morton

We encourage children of all ages to participate in our liturgy. Here are a few ideas to help your child connect with what’s happening during liturgy:

BEFORE LITURGY

Explain to kids that we are going to pray, sing, and worship God together. Build expectation that the time we spend in liturgy is special.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Even the youngest children can become aware of God’s presence. Invite them to take a deep breath, still themselves, and sense that God is with us.

SONGS

Encourage kids to sing along or respond to the music with their bodies by dancing.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Kids older than infants know what it means to say they’re sorry. Tell children the time of confession is when we all tell God we’re sorry for the things we’ve done to hurt God and other people.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Invite children to listen for events they might want to participate in.

SERMON AND PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

If your child is more comfortable staying with you, activity kits are available on the kids’ info table.

EUCHARIST

Throughout the prayers before and after Eucharist, explain to your children what the bread and wine symbolizes. Ask them to tell Jesus thank you for his sacrifice for us. Children are welcome to participate in Eucharist with their families.

OFFERING

Kids can help pass the baskets or even begin learning to give back to God by placing some money in.

BENEDICTION

Now is when kids can sense it’s almost time to go. We’re being sent into the world with the love of Jesus!

Classes for Kids

Kids are a valuable part of our community. They participate in some of our liturgy with us.

However, we know that they also benefit from time shaped for their levels of energy and attention…and parents hoping to participate in liturgy benefit from that too. After announcements, kids, teachers and parents are asked to meet at the Info Table in the lobby so they can walk to class together. Classes are available for three different age groups:

INFANTS/TODDLERS

Even the littlest ones are welcome here as soon as you are willing to share the cuddles with others.

3 & 4S

These kids share in some time of singing, stories, and lots of play.

K – 5TH GRADE

A time of activities, stories, and imagining together what it looks like to follow Jesus.

Some things that are helpful for parents to know: