Before launching our morning services we were thrilled to see involvement from many families with young children, especially since we anticipated mostly singles and young couples without children. Excited about this development we now have multiple options for families with young children—6 months to 4 years old.
9:00 – 9:45 a.m., with nursery care available, too.
SIGN IN — Parents are asked to sign children in and take a buzzer with them in case they need to be reached during the service.
BUSY BAGS — When young children (2-7) enter our worship area they are offered a really cool tote bag filled with various articles of interest for children — crayons, coloring sheets, Etch-a-Sketch, magnetic books, Magna Doodles, Wooly Willy, and such. This has been an amazing asset at keeping children occupied throughout the service.
Childcare (during sermon)
From the onset we joyfully responded with professional child care for children ages 6 months to 4 years old during the sermon. In this case the children are dismissed just prior to the sermon and they return just prior to Communion. The reason this is the preference of many parents is because our people come forward each week for Communion, including the little children. The Pastor lays a hand on them and blesses them by simply saying “The Lord bless you,” or “Jesus loves you.” We want the children to feel they are included in as much of the service as early as possible.
Childcare (entire service)
As we are continuing to grow with young families, in many cases with newborns and toddlers, we are now offering childcare for children—6 months to 4 years old for the entire service. Parents are asked to pick children up as soon as the service ends.