Young Children in Worship


We’re glad your here. We love the sound of kids in our service and are eager to make sure that our worship service is a good experience for them, and for you.

Relax. It’s okay for kids to be kids.

Sit close. Consider sitting up front where it’s easier for kids to see and become engaged in what’s happening. Please give it a try. If you feel too conspicuous, you can always move back.

Explain. Kids are curious. Explain what’s happening in the service.

Participate. Kids learn by mimicking what you do. If you sing, pray, respond, etc. — your kids likely will follow yur lead.

Wander. It’s okay to move around. We have a special spot for kids and nursing moms in the back corner of the sanctuary. There’s a rocking chair, books, a few toys.

Need to leave?  We have a supervised nursery where you can take your children. It’s a little hard to find, so feel free to ask one of our greeters. We also have an outdoor playground, on the east side of the building. It’s a grand place to let off steam when the weather is right — though maybe a bit icey in the winter.

And, finally, you’ll find a well-equipped area through the small door on the east side of the sanctuary. That’s the home of Mandala Montessori Pre-School. You’re free to use that area, but you’ll need to stay with your children there, and supervise their play.

Be sure to come back. By April or May we should have our PrayGround up and going. It will re-configure some of the space in the sanctuary, to integrate children and youth of all ages into our worship service. We’d love to have you be part of that.