Acolyting means lighting the candles at the beginning and snuffing them at the end of worship. Read more about this in the Kids Class section.
Children are invited to sign up to serve as "liturgists" as well as adults. We just ask families to help them rehearse their readings.
As soon as a child has completed the Kids Communion Class, they are invited to sign up to serve Holy Communion along with adults.
Children are encouraged to sign up to greet at the door as well as usher, which includes bringing the offering from Sunday School forward at the time of the offering in worship.
Children are invited to lift up prayers while we are sharing in worship, and encouraged to Witness about their experience of God along with adults.
Children's Sunday School sings every couple of months in worship. Several children occasionally play instrument solos. And kids are always invited to use the rhythm instruments during hymns!
We want kids to experience worship with their families and the rest of the congregation. And kids love being in worship as well. To make this easier, we have set up a supervised craft table in the worship space. There are a variety of craft items available (markers, crayons, white and colored paper, scissors, glue, play dough, etc.) and the pastor occasionally plans special crafts to go along with the day's worship theme.
The pastor invites kids to come up to the rug toward the beginning of worship for a children's message. Generally these are done in series such as going through the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles Creed, the Fruit of the Spirit, our Spiritual Armor and the description of Christian love from 1 Corinthians 13. Each child receives a piece of candy at the end of the message.
We also have clipboards for kids who wish to sit with their families. Infants and toddlers may stay in worship, or be brought to play in the staffed nursery just down the hallway.