Children

Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
During the school year, we provide Sunday school classes for all ages. We have enough curriculum materials and teachers in place to support dozens of students in our children’s Sunday school classes. Our regular attenders get solid biblical teaching each week.

Sunday School Nursery at 9:30 a.m.
The nursery will also be available for the children of those parents who wish to attend the Adult Bible Study.

Worship at 10:30 a.m.
God desires that all people would worship him together. At Christ Community we believe God wants our entire covenant family, especially our children, to be included in our worship of Him. Children are worshipers too.

kid-zone_5736What better encouragement and training could a child receive than to take to heart the example of his parents? But this “on-the-job” training of a child in how to worship can be a daunting and frustrating task. We want our parents to succeed in training up their children to worship God. Therefore, please take note of these things:

  1. First, we want to include our entire family, even our infants, in our worship. If a child is crying or being a little bouncy or noisy, that’s okay. We expect that from our children.
  2. The TV in the Nursery will show the sermon portion of our worship. If your child is under four years old and you feel your child is being overly distracting to others and hindering their ability to worship during the sermon, please feel free to take your child to the nursery. You will be able to listen to the sermon while in the nursery. When it is time for communion, please bring your child back to worship with the rest of our family.
  3. If your child is at least four years old, we encourage you to begin the process of teaching your child to worship. We would like to meet with you and give to you a free book, Parenting In the Pew (Castleman). This is a great resource for any parent no matter the age of their children.

Volunteers
Finally, if you love children I want to talk with you. There is an opportunity for you to bless our church family and be blessed by God. You could be a teaching assistant, or assist in the nursery during Adult Bible Study, or be available as a substitute teacher. If you love kids, let’s see how God will use you.

– Heath Glandon
Director of Children’s Education

Ideas For Parents To Help Children Worship

  1. Sit together as a family. If you have a large family, invite single adults or couples without children to sit with you. (Note: Individuals or couples without children might “adopt” a single parent family to encourage and help with children during the service.)  This will emphasize that all believers are in the Lord’s family.  It will also help everyone fulfill their vows to help in the nurture of the covenant children by helping one of your children with the hymns, the Scripture reading, the confession of sin, etc.
  2. It’s helpful to sit closer to the front so the children can see without looking at the back of heads of people in front of them. Sitting closer to the front helps to avoid many distractions. Of course, it’s OK if you need to briefly take your child out of the service for correction. It’s also helpful to sit near the center. It helps enjoy the encouragement from singing when everyone is sitting closer together and nearer the center of the sanctuary.
  3. Impress on your children the fact that they should get themselves quiet, pray to God, and get ready to worship God during the period preceding the beginning of the morning worship service.  Each child needs to be reminded that we are in the presence of the Lord, and are to quiet our hearts before Him at the beginning.
  4. Encourage your children to participate with the congregation in standing, praying, reading, singing, etc.
  5. Suggest that your children listen for “Amen” after each of the congregational prayers.  Explain why we say “Amen.”
  6. Provide your children with a church bulletin and something to write with.  Suggest that they write notes and use the pastor’s outline and copy information from the overhead if old enough or draw pictures that have to do with portions of the service, the Scripture reading, or the sermon.  Encourage all the children to focus on the sermon.
  7. After the service, maybe over lunch, talk with your children about the service. Have them share with you the things they have written or drawn on the church bulletin.  Praise their attempts to listen to the sermon and to participate in other parts of the worship service.

Psalms 127:3 (ESV) Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Matthew 19:14 (ESV) but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”