We are now back to in-person church services for the whole congregation. That includes the children! Everyone is asked to continue wearing a face mask so families with children can feel safe and during this time we are introducing a special worship bag of activities for the children as they sit with their parents in the pews. Because we are under construction those familiar areas and activities that previously were provided for the children during the services are not available (Narthex Center & Sermon Stories). During this summer of construction, we have introduced “CONSTRUCTION ZONE WORSHIP BAGS” to help where the children remain in the worship service.
The bags are a great supplement to the sermon. Children can be engrossed in one activity (like coloring, doing a word search, etc.) and still hear the sermon. In fact, it helps them concentrate even more! Just like adults, some kids listen better when they are fidgeting or using their hands.
The bags will be available in blue bins as you enter the sanctuary. Each child (age 4 and up) may take one and use the contents while in worship. At the end of the service, return the bag to one of the blue bins.
Each week we will play: Sermon Bingo! Play this game by listening to the sermon and filling each box on the Bingo board with words heard that start with the letters: G, R, A, C, E. Fill up the entire Bingo board and present the filled board when the worship bag is returned to the blue bin at the end of the service and receive a prize.
We Welcome Children to Participate in Worship!
NOTE: The information below remains here for your information only. During our renovations, most services are not available and we invite children to pick up Worship Bags as described above.
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 in September , 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.
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!