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A PLACE AMONG US...

We expect kids to act like kids.  If you notice people staring or smiling at your kids, it's because they think kids are wonderful gifts of God and love them.  If it's not one of your kid's finer moments, those adults are probably recalling the times they've been in your shoes.  Although you might feel like you're in the spotlight because of your kids, know that that light is love, not judgment. 

An unattended nursery is available just off the front hall for parents and kids who need to step out of any activities.  The service can still be heard over a speaker in the nursery.  If you can't hear it, turn up the volume on the knob just inside the door.

Changing stations are available in both bathrooms on the main level.

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A PLACE TO GROW...

We're still working on how to put this into words...  More details coming soon!

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A PLACE IN WORSHIP...

Kids worship with us.  We don't have "children's church" or a staffed nursery to keep kids occupied while grown-ups worship.  Kids join us for worship, but instead of asking them to sit and be quiet, we make ways for them to move and be part of worship. 

Worship is unlike anything else kids do.  It's okay if they are shy, uncertain, or ask embarrassing questions.  That's how they learn.  As kids become more comfortable, many of them enjoy connecting with other kids, adult friends, and Pastor Mike.

We hope you’ll help your kids join in prayers and songs, even if it’s just dancing or swaying to the music.  Kids like ritual, and many come to love that about our worship.  

Children worship through their play, so we have faith-based activities available by the entry to the worship space that include books, toys, fidgets, coloring books, and children's bulletins.  These are temporarily limited during the pandemic.

The pastor invites kids to the front for an age-appropriate message.  It's a time for kids to hear the pastor talk about what they like to talk about and to get up and move before the sermon. 

We're raising our kids to be caring and generous.  Kids are invited to place an offering of their own in the container at the front.  Their gifts are used for ministry they care about, like livestock for struggling farmers, Christmas presents for local kids in foster care, and accessible playground equipment.  

Kids are welcome at Communion.  We're not rigid what age kids take Communion.  If your child has communed elsewhere, they are welcome to receive it with us.  Kids who don't receive Communion will receive a special blessing.  

Kids offer God's blessing to the congregation at the end of the service.  Kids are great at sharing love, so they help Pastor Mike with the final blessing.  Even if kids are new, they are welcome to join us by simply standing with open arms to remind us all of Jesus’ love.

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