We Welcome Children to Participate in Worship!
Lewinsville enthusiatically welcomes your growing family and we recognize that God put the wiggle in children. So we have the options listed below to help you enjoy the church experience:
- Nursery on the lower level for children, birth through age 3
- Narthex Center with puzzles, games and toys. Parents can hear and see the service from the Narthex while their children play in the narthex area
- Children’s Bulletins received from the ushers which contain puzzles and activities for children to do at their seats in the pews
- For the Children’s Meditation, children are invited to come to the chancel area for a brief talk with the pastor. This focus with our children occurs on Sundays when communion is not served. Immediately following the children’s meditation, children are invited to attend Sermon Stories.
- Sermon Stories (at the 11:00 am service, 10:00 am during the summer) for children age 4 through grade 2 (see below). Note that on Communion Sundays (the first Sunday of every month), the children will stay with their parents for the entire service. All children are invited and welcomed to participate in the Lord’s Supper.
Sermon Stories (Room 104)
for Age 4 through Grade 2
Beginning September 15, children, Ages 4 through Grade 2, are invited to exit the 11:00 am worship service following the Children’s Meditation for Sermon Stories. While the adults are hearing the scripture and sermon , the children will be exploring stories from the Bible through the animated videos, and activities from What’s In The Bible? & Holy Moly. Children then return to the sanctuary for the conclusion of the service.
2019-2020 Sermon Stories Themes:
- September: Adam, Noah, The Patriarchs
- No Sermon Stories on Festival Sunday, September 8
- October: Life of Moses, Wilderness
- No Sermon Stories October 6th, Church Retreat weekend
- November: Joshua, Judges, Kings/Prophets
- No Sermon Stories on November 3, Communion Sunday
- December: Advent
- No Sermon Stories December 1, Communion Sunday, or December 29, Lessons & Carols
- January: Baptism, Wilderness, Disciples
- No Sermon Stories January 5, Communion Sunday
- February: Jesus’ Parables/Miracles
- No Sermon Stories February 2, Communion Sunday, or February 23, Shrove Celebrations/Pancake Races
- March: Holy Week Events
- No Sermon Stories March 1, Communion Sunday
- April: Resurrection Stories
- Expanded Sermon Stories on April 5, Palm Sunday
- No Sermon Stories on April 12, Easter
- May: Teachings of Paul
- No Sermon Stories May 3, Communion Sunday or May 24, Pentecost Celebration
- June /July: Extended summer Sermon Stories at the summer 10:00 a.m. worship service.
- August: No Sermon Stories for the month of August.
Suggestions for Parents and Other Worshipers
Relax! Your family is important here, and children are important participants in worship. God put the wiggle in children. Don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house.
- Sit in a place where it will be easy for the children to see and to hear.
- Introduce your child to people sitting nearby.
- Let your children use the floor and pew as their own area. Kneeling on the floor allows children to use the pew as a desk. Standing on the pew allows children to see what’s going on.
- Use gentle touch: an arm around your child’s shoulder, your hands in his/hers to give reassurance and appropriate attention.
- Explain parts of the service (quietly). Use their questions as opportunities to teach them about faith, and how we live it out in worship.
- Help your child find the pages in the Hymnal and the Bible. (Don’t be distressed if they don’t find the proper page).
- Sing the hymns, and encourage your child to sing as well. It’s less important that they’re singing correctly, and more important that they’re singing and participating.
- Encourage your children to stand when the congregation stands, even if they can’t read or don’t yet know the responses.
- Pray and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying yours.
- Baptized children are welcome to receive the Lord’s Supper. Continue to nurture and instruct them in the significance of the Lord’s Supper and the meaning of their response.
- Encourage your child to participate in the Children’s Meditation. If he or she is reluctant to go forward then go forward with your child.
- Younger children sometimes have particular difficulty participating in the entire worship service. Feel free to leave the sanctuary to care for your child if he or she becomes disruptive. A nursery is available downstairs for infants/toddlers and there is a volunteer staffed classroom for preschool/kindergarten age children.
- In addition, you may accompany your child to the Narthex to make use of the toys put there for them. The sound system broadcasts the sanctuary sound into the Narthex.
- Always remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to church, God and Christ. Let them know that they are at home in worship at Lewinsville!