Everyone needs to know that they are loved by God, and to feel and grow that love to share it in the world. Our church includes families with a mom and dad, one mom, two moms, one dad, two dads, as well as folks of any age who are married, single or who have a family or a partner who doesn’t attend. In our worship, programs, and our relationships we try to boldly live God’s love in authentic, connected ways. We are used to people of all ages participating – and making joyful noises! – in our community.
A staffed nursery is available for children age 3 months through first grade. Families often bring their little ones to the sanctuary for the beginning of the service. After the “Time for Children” during worship, young ones often go to the nursery. A lesson and craft are provided for those 3 years and older by our nursery teacher. For those with young children who remain with their families, the Parent’s Room off the back of the sanctuary is available as a quiet place where the service can be monitored on a speaker.
School age children are welcome to enjoy the worship service. Singable music lead by a cantor, rhythm instruments available for playing, and dancing to Gathering Music with others offer experiences that engage the senses and imagination along with a child’s intellect. Age- appropriate worship bags filled with soft toys and activities are available in the back of the sanctuary at any time. When three or more elementary school children are present, a lesson and activity time are provided by church volunteers after the “Time with Children.” When children are ready to take communion, they and their families are welcome to meet with the pastor to discuss the meaning of the sacrament in an age-appropriate way.