we are better togetherJesus said, "let the children come unto me."
We are exited to introduce our new component of kids in the sanctuary. Now, all students will stay in the sanctuary for the entirety of the service. The Family Room is a good place to take restless children (supervised) during the service while still being able to hear the message! The nursery is now open for babies 0-3 years old.
Kids in the sanctuary will have age appropriate quiet activities and toys available to them in their sermon bags. Regular attenders will have these bags saved for them, by name, for when they return so their books and toys will be theirs.
Frequently Asked questions:
To start, remember that God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel that you have to suppress those wiggles in God’s house. There is grace and freedom here.
There is no junior Holy Spirit
how will this work?
Families will then enter the sanctuary together for our time of worship. After worship, there will be a time of greeting + fellowship, and children will be dismissed to get their sermon bags at Kid Corner (in the sanctuary). Leaders will be stationed at the table to help the children get their bags. Our nursery is now open along with our ECF Littles classroom (ages 4-6).
where should we sit?
You can sit wherever you’re comfortable! Sitting toward the front will help your child to feel more engaged in worship. Sitting toward the back may offer more freedom for dancing and wiggles without distraction.
how free is free?
Give your children clear, fair boundaries. Running? Nope. On stage? No Way. Spinning contest? Nope again. Joyful dancing? Yes. Twirling to the music? Yep. Lifting up hands? Absolutely! If your child wants to dance in worship, let him or her dance! The back of the sanctuary is a great place to dance and worship with your child, teaching them to be sensitive to the Spirit of God and always aware of others.
will there be kid's songs
Our worship music in the sanctuary will not change. Currently, we only have children ages 4-6 leave the sanctuary after worship to go to ECF Littles.
what if my child is disruptive
You can feel free to step out if you need to, but please, come back in to the sanctuary or the Family Room with your little one! Discuss any boundaries that need to be obeyed and offer clear consequences for good choices and poor choices. Kids need practice, patience, acceptance, and grace to grow. We want them to grow in experiencing God’s presence through worship!
what if i'm volunteering
We are a family church. We want to support families in every way possible. If you don’t have anyone to be with your child while you are serving during worship, talk to us and let’s figure something out together.