All people are welcome at our worship services. We believe that the best spiritual formation for all, including our young ones, comes from regular attendance in worship with their parish family. We know that sometimes our little ones need something to help them focus or to keep their hands busy during church. We have coloring pages and crayons in the back of the church. Feel free to bring them into the pews with you.
On most Sundays, we provide a children’s oriented component of our service (we call it Small Souls). “Small Souls” is our children’s version of the Liturgy of the Word, which is offered in the chapel (just behind the choir) during our 10:15 service. Our children’s program follows the exact same order of worship as that of our adults, but in a more accessible format for young worshipers. After the reading of the Gospel, our young people process to the chapel to experience:
A Children’s Sermon: We have a children’s sermon much like the ones you see on Family Sundays, but with more time available for discussion and questions.
The Nicene Creed: We use the same text the adults do, but we read slowly from larger print, with pictures and artwork to illustrate concepts, and with pauses to explain unfamiliar words and ideas.
Prayers of the People: We offer prayers and thanksgivings for family, friends, teachers, community and national leaders, the poor and the sick, and our own special concerns.
Confession: Some Sundays, we include a confession. The emphasis is not on sinfulness, but on forgiveness and striving to do our best, with God’s help. “Forgive us, Lord, for things we’ve done that were not kind and good. Forgive us, Lord, and help us try to do the things we should.”
Following “Small Souls,” the children rejoin their families at the exchange of the peace and announcements of the parish to be present during communion
Finally, if you prefer, we provide nursery care for children up to age three. The nursery is open from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Sunday and is staffed by qualified professionals who have completed Safeguarding God’s People training. The nursery is located just inside the door in the building by the flagpole.