|Activities for children can be found in the|
Narthex, to the right just before you enter Church.
So after reading my last post, "Time to Worship," I bet you are looking forward to bringing your children to Church this summer! Here are a few suggestions - originally posted a few years back, but they are still helpful I hope!
- Sit near the front! Parents are always inclined to sit towards the back to make quick exits if needed, but I encourage you to sit where children can actually see the altar and all of the activity of the service. This lets them know that what is happening relates to them and gives them the opportunity to participate.
- Be easy on yourself and your children. We don't expect silence in worship. The sounds of children giggling and asking questions helps us to know that our entire family is present at God's table! Take time in worship to snuggle a little one or hold a child's hand.
- Developmentally, young children will not be able to follow the entire service, but they can tune in to particular moments and they can participate more and more as they grow. Whisper a question about something you see happening on the altar. Point out something in the bulletin. Have your child join in on an easy hymn or a simple response. Children can follow the service with the yellow "We Go To Church" cards (below) and older children can follow along in the bulletin. Remember, when children are engaged in quiet activity they still absorb so much!
- The Nursery is open during the summer months from 10:15-11:45 am for infants and toddlers, and the occasional preschooler who needs a break from worship.
- Take advantage of the quiet activities I have put together for children in the Narthex. Here are some of the things you will find:
|I've added this beautiful finger labyrinth to our shelves. Children have used|
labyrinths in atrium for meditation and prayer and they enjoy them.
|These from-your-seat scavenger hunts include pictures from|
around the Sanctuary and can be done more than once!
|Books, clip boards, and crayons are always available and popular!|
See you in Church!