We are better together.

Kids in Worship at ECF Church

Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me.”

We are excited to worship in spirit, truth, and freedom….together!

 

Starting February 17th, 2019, children (3+) and families will worship together. We will all have the opportunity to come to the altar for prayer and healing, to experience God’s presence and power, and to see lives changed for eternity. As adults, we get to model for our children how to worship in spirit and in truth. Our children get to teach us how to worship in freedom. Following worship, children will be dismissed and chaperoned to their classrooms.

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.

How will this work?

Families will continue to check-in children before service begins. (The check-out process remains unchanged.) 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 their classrooms. Leaders will be stationed throughout the lobby to guide students upstairs safely. 

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. However, kid’s music is always a part of their classroom fun. Songs such as Jesus Loves Me, This Little Light, etc. are taught and sang during their time in class.

What if my child is being disruptive?

You can feel free to step out if you need to, but please, come back in to the sanctuary 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.

Forgot to check-in your child?  First time guest? During the fellowship break, you are welcome to come to the Student Ministry Desk to check-in your child. You can even walk them all the way to their classroom until you all feel comfortable releasing them to walk with friends and leaders.

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