Children and Worship
Children & Worship is a spiritual formation approach that presents a joyful way for children to worship God. It invites children and adults to experience the wonder and mystery of God through a unique storytelling format with multi-sensory materials.
Children & Worship is designed for three to seven year olds.
Children & Worship was created to make a special place where children can come to encounter God, to be still with God and to listen to God. It is a place where children come to nurture their spiritual life.
Children & Worship takes place during our Sunday morning worship service and uses the familiar four-fold order of worship that many different congregations are familiar with.
To begin, the children sit in a circle when they come into a special worship space, where a storyteller is waiting to greet them. This special coming together of the children follows the first order of worship which is the gathering of God’s people to hear God’s word and sing praises to Him.
Next they will hear the word proclaimed through a bible story told with multi-sensory materials that children with different learning styles can value and enjoy. As the story is finished the children are invited to enter into a time of wonder about the story.
They are asked “wondering questions” to help them dive deeper into the meaning of the story and to listen for God’s still voice that is found there. These questions might sound like, “I wonder if the Good Shepherd’s sheep have names?” Or, ” I wonder what it was like to be in the ark for forty days…I wonder if Noah knew that God was with him?”
Third, just as in “big” worship the children will respond to the word. In “big” worship we often respond through prayer, song, offering, celebrating the Communion, commissioning, and celebrating baptisms. The children have the chance to respond to the Word in a myriad of ways as well. Some of these ways include telling their own story or the story they just heard, using art and craft materials, participating in prayer time, and enjoying feast together.
As they leave the worship center, the children will participate in the last order of worship, which is the sending out of God’s people into the world. Each child will be given a special blessing as they leave to be God’s disciples in their homes, schools, and activities.